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Risk professionals should move to fill the understanding gap around disruptive technologies

April 24, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Risk managers will need to take the lead in organizational efforts to address complex challenges and opportunities in an environment that increasingly features rapidly advancing disruptive technology risks, suggests a joint report from broker and risk advisor Marsh

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Investments to fight cyber breaches must include technology, people and risk transfer: WTW cyber head

April 24, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Considering human risk is essential when determining how best to combat data breaches and associated costs, but the human element is routinely overshadowed by technology in organizational efforts to bolster cyber security, says Anthony Dagostino, global head of

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Damage to reputation/brand gets social, cyber jumps higher on risk list: Aon survey

April 24, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Social media is amplifying the impact of the top-ranked risk for businesses – damage to reputation and brand – while cyber risk has fully entrenched itself in the Top 10, becoming the number one risk for respondents in

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Allianz makes strategic investment in Lemonade Insurance Company

April 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz SE announced on Friday that it has recently made a “strategic investment” in Lemonade Insurance Company, a New York-licensed renters and homeowners insurer powered by artificial intelligence and behavioural economics. “The partnership ties in neatly with our digitization focus,”

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Water level detectors in all below-waterline compartments should be mandatory for large fishing vessels: TSB

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than 26 years after the fatal sinking of a leaking fishing vessel north of Nova Scotia, the federal government has still not mandated water level detectors on all large fishing vessels, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada warned this

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Volkswagen to pay US$2.8 billion in U.S. diesel emission scandal

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

DETROIT – Volkswagen has been ordered to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests. Federal Judge Sean Cox in Detroit followed the deal negotiated by VW and the U.S. Justice Department.

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BlackBerry expanding channels of distribution via cyber security initiative with Allied World

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario-based BlackBerry Limited is growing its footprint in the insurance industry through a new initiative with Allied World Assurance Company Holdings in which the latter’s U.S. cyber policyholders will gain direct access to the former’s cyber security expertise through an

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Optimum General obtains CSIO certification for commercial lines eDocs

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) has announced that Optimum General Inc. has obtained CSIO certification for commercial lines eDocs. Optimum is now CSIO eDocs-certified for both of its lines of business, as the company obtained certification for

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Intact Ventures becomes strategic investor in Canadian IoT technology company Alert Labs

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Ventures has made its first investment in Canada Alert Labs Inc., an Ontario provider of easy-to-install technology that offers residential and commercial property owners real-time water use, flood, leak, temperature and power alerts. Not only do the alerts generated

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Dangerous air bags can find their way into used cars, experts say

April 19, 2017 Tom Krisher and Ken Ritter - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAS VEGAS – A Nevada crash that nearly killed a young woman has exposed a hole in the government’s efforts to get dangerous Takata air bag inflators off the road: There’s nothing that prevents the devices from being taken from

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All generations in the United States except Millenials becoming more skeptical of self-driving technology: J.D. Power study

April 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

With the exception of Millenials, all other generational groups in the United States are becoming more skeptical of self-driving technology, posing a threat to car manufacturers and technology developers, a new study from J.D. Power has found. The J.D. Power

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Artificial Intelligence set to transform insurance industry, but integration challenges remain: Accenture

April 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Artificial intelligence (AI) will “significantly transform” the insurance industry in the next three years, with insurers investing in AI to empower agents, brokers and employees to enhance the customer experience with automated personalized services, faster claims handling and individual risk-based