IVANS STUDY REVEALS SECURITY CONCERNS FOR AGENTSInternet security is a major concern for independent agents, according to a recent survey by IVANS Inc., Old Greenwich, Conn. A full 80% of agents are most worried about viruses and worms, and 42% said hackers are their second-biggest worry. The survey also revealed that 100% of respondents currently use an agency management system. In a November 2003 survey, 86% used an agency management system. In addition, 76% of this year's respondents prefer to retrieve carrier information through their agency management systems, versus 52% in 2003. Only 10% of agents prefer to retrieve data through carrier Web sites, while 8% prefer to receive information via paper.


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