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Toronto Transit Commission probes potential future use of automated vehicles

March 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is recommending to its board that staff continue to monitor the technological and legislative progress of automated vehicles (AVs) and report back with a recommendation for potential future use of AVs at the transit agency.

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Organizations considering standalone cyber coverage should evaluate risk profile to see if traditional policies are adequate: RIMS

March 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Organizations considering standalone cyber coverage should carefully evaluate their risk profile and determine whether more traditional policies provide adequate coverage, suggests a newly released report from RIMS, the risk management society. The report, authored by Teri Cotton Santos, a member

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Ottawa promises funding to address risk of food contaminated by listeria, artificial intelligence research

March 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government is proposing to spend $125 million on a “strategy” for artificial intelligence, to be administered by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). “From smartphone applications that can understand human speech to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence is

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Internal audit departments starting to embrace data analytics, but full potential unrealized: Protiviti survey

March 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Internal audit departments are starting to embrace data analytics, but many have far to go to achieve their full potential, according to a survey from global consulting firm Protiviti. The Embracing Analytics in Auditing report, released on Monday, involved the

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ICBC enhances online driver licensing and claims services for customers

March 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Checking wait times at driver licensing offices or the status of a claim from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) can now be done online thanks to new service enhancements. ICBC said in a press release on Wednesday that

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LexisNexis Risk Solutions explores roadmap to “touchless” claims

March 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

While some insurance carriers continue to favour traditional claims processes, the demand for faster cycle times, reduced expenses and improved customer satisfaction is driving increased automation and an eventual migration from virtual to “touchless claims,” according to a new report

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IBM and SecureKey Technologies to deliver blockchain-based network for Canadian consumers

March 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

IBM and SecureKey Technologies, an identity and authentication provider company, announced on Monday that they are joining forces to “enable a new digital identity and attribute sharing network” based on IBM Blockchain. “The network will be designed to make it

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BHSI launches professional liability, network security and privacy policy in Canada

March 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has introduced a product designed to address the needs of a variety of enterprises, from systems integrators to telecommunications providers to IT staffing firms. The Professional First Professional Liability and Network Security & Privacy Policy,

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New DGIG water protection program available country-wide

March 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Desjardins General Insurance Group has announced the cross-country availability of a new home insurance program designed to keep policyholders informed of potential leak sources so that action can be taken and water-related damage prevented. Water damage accounts for more than

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Global private companies seem underprepared for cyberattacks: PwC report

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global private companies seem to be more at risk of cyber threats, but less prepared to protect themselves against cyberattacks, according to a new report from professional services firm PwC. Released late last week, the report, titled Undaunted, but underprepared?,

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Israeli tech firms revving up engines for self driving cars

March 17, 2017 Josef Federman - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

JERUSALEM – As the world moves toward an era of self-driving cars, Israel is positioning itself to be the Detroit of the future. The country has emerged as a global leader in the fast-growing field of driverless cars, as illustrated

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84% of polled insurance companies planning to make acquisitions in 2017: KPMG International

March 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The lion’s share of insurance companies taking part in a KPMG International-commissioned survey plan to make acquisitions in 2017, with most respondents saying their companies are being driven by need to transform business and operating models. The insurance sector looks