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More use of aircraft voice and data recorders would ‘help identify hazards:’ TSB chair

June 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is calling on the federal government to make cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorders mandatory on more aircraft and to allow use of the data in safety management systems. “In Canada, only multi-engine,

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Strongest world economic growth expected since 2010: Fitch

June 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The recovery in global economic growth is strengthening and is expected to pick up to 2.9% this year and peak at 3.1% in 2018, the highest rate since 2010, Fitch Ratings said on Monday in its latest Global Economic Outlook

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Number of lightning-related homeowners insurance claims in the U.S. up in 2016, but average cost for insurers down: I.I.I.

June 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The number of homeowners insurance claims from lightning strikes and electrical surges in the United States rose in 2016, compared with 2015, but the average cost that insurers paid on those claims fell, according to a new analysis by the

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FIN10 intrusion operations predominately targeting Canadian organizations: FireEye

June 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

FireEye, Inc. has observed an actor carrying out financially motivated intrusion operations – targeting organizations in North America, but predominately in Canada – that may require a different type of response, the company suggests in a new report. Believed to

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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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36% of polled Canadian firms have no cyber security insurance: FICO

June 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than a third of surveyed Canadian firms do not have cyber security insurance, a concerning situation made worse by an incomplete understanding of how premiums are priced and failure to do everything possible to guard against breaches, FICO notes.

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Innovation-based disruption in personal lines insurance will drive new business models: Conning

May 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Technology-focused investments are pushing business model changes across industries, and insurance is not immune to these pressures, a new study by global investment management firm Conning suggested. Released on Wednesday, the study examines the changes that are underway in personal

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More data-based use cases likely offers greater shot at success for insurers exploring connected insurance: expert

May 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The greatest value to insurance industry players and their customers will likely not be realized without expanding the number of data-based use cases, Matteo Carbone, founder and director of the Connected Insurance Observatory, recently suggested. “Connected insurance is about gathering

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Toyota Research Institute exploring blockchain for possible use in autonomous driving technology

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) announced on Monday that it is exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology (BC/DL) for use in the development of a “new mobility ecosystem that could accelerate development of autonomous driving technology.” TRI is collaborating with

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The toughest challenge for self-driving cars? Human drivers

May 11, 2017 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – In just a few years, well-mannered self-driving robotaxis will share the roads with reckless, law-breaking human drivers. The prospect is causing migraines for the people developing the robotaxis. A self-driving car would be programmed to drive at the

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U.S. enterprises reporting renewed preference for in-house, domestic IT services: Clutch survey

May 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

How much of a priority organizations view IT services seems to be influencing decisions around using in-house resources rather than outsourcing services to an external vendor, suggests a new survey of IT decision-makers south of the border. Released Wednesday, the

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Confusion, frustration common to BI claims can be lessened: RIMS survey

April 26, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Quantifying business interruption losses continues to be a big challenge, reported by almost six in 10 RIMS members taking part in a recent survey, but a well-conceived approach by risk managers can help to clear any hurdles. “By