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Shipping losses continue to decline but “perfect storm” of regulation, cost savings and cybersecurity looms: AGCS

June 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Large shipping losses have declined by 50% over the past decade, but a “perfect storm” of regulation, cost savings and cybersecurity looms, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s (AGCS) fifth annual Safety and Shipping Review 2017. The report, released

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Bank of Canada warns of cyberattack vulnerabilities in financial sector

June 13, 2017 Mike Blanchfield and Jim Bronskill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada’s interconnected banks are vulnerable to a cascading series of cyberattacks that could undermine broad confidence in the financial system, the Bank of Canada warns. The structural vulnerability could allow for the easy spread of an initial attack

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Cybersecurity company discovers malware designed to perform attacks on power supply infrastructure

June 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

IT security company ESET Canada Inc. reported on Monday that its researchers have been analyzing samples of dangerous malware capable of performing an attack on power supply infrastructure. The malware, named Industroyer by ESET, was likely involved in the December

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Gore Mutual launches cyber and data breach product for Canadian small businesses

June 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Gore Mutual Insurance Company has announced a cyber and data response product for Canadian small businesses as well as a partnership with a global home automation company to provide flood sensors to select commercial and personal customers. Gore Mutual announced

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73% of U.S. businesses believe their organizations are highly protected from cyber threats, but “low cyber IQ” remains: Willis Towers Watson

June 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of businesses in the United States believe that their organizations are highly protected from attempts by outsiders to gain access to their systems and data, but “low cyber IQ” among employees poses a threat, according to a

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Economy at risk without joint Canada-U.S. cyber defence, says former U.S. National Security Agency director

June 2, 2017 Mike Blanchfield - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada and the United States need a new cyber defence program – like their joint Norad air defence – to prevent hackers from hobbling their economies, says the former head of the U.S. National Security Agency. Retired general

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Chipotle Mexican Grill confirms malware involving point-of-sale devices at certain restaurants

May 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. has confirmed “the operation of malware designed to access payment card data from cards used on point-of-sale (POS) devices at certain Chipotle and Pizzeria Locale restaurants between March 24, 2017 and April 18, 2017.” Chipotle said

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Canadian companies lag in cybersecurity investments, survey finds

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than three-quarters (76%) of surveyed Canadian executives believe that the number of data breach attempts on their firms will be higher in a year, yet fewer than half said that their organization’s investments in cybersecurity will increase in that

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“Slow but steady” trend in take-up rates among U.S. cyber insurance clients: Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers

May 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

There is a “slow but steady” trend in take-up rates among cyber insurance clients and prices continue to stabilize, according to a recent survey from the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB) in Washington, DC. When it comes to

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Autonomous vehicles will add US$81 billion in new premiums for U.S. auto insurers by 2025: report

May 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance coverage for autonomous vehicles will bring US$81 billion in new premiums to the auto insurance industry in the United States over the next eight years, according to a new report from Accenture and Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT). The

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Ransomware cyberattack cripples hospitals across the United Kingdom

May 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A large ransomware cyberattack has “crippled” computer systems at hospitals across the United Kingdom on Friday, with appointments cancelled, phone lines down and patients turned away, the Associated Press has reported. Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) said that a number

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Simultaneous cyberattacks on multiple companies likely in 2017, financial services industry key concern: AIG study

May 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nine in 10 global cybersecurity and risk experts believe that cyber risk is systemic and that simultaneous attacks on multiple companies are likely in 2017, according to a study issued on Wednesday by global insurer American International Group, Inc (AIG).