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Canadian firms may be overconfident in their cybersecurity preparedness: FICO survey

June 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian firms, particularly those in the telecommunications sector, may be overconfident in their cybersecurity preparedness, according to a recent survey conducted by research and consultancy firm Ovum for Silicon Valley analytics firm FICO. For the survey, Ovum conducted telephone interviews

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Canada second most expensive country for data breaches: IBM and Ponemon Institute study

June 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada was the second most expensive country for data breaches, costing an average of $255 per lost or stolen record in 2017, according to a new report sponsored by IBM Security and conducted by the Ponemon Institute. Released on Tuesday,

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43% of companies achieving positive outcomes from digital transformation investments: XL Catlin-sponsored survey

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than four in 10 companies surveyed for an XL Catlin-sponsored study have reported achieving positive outcomes from digital transformation investments, especially those using digital technology at all levels of operations, from supply chains and distribution networks to compliance activities

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Allianz Risk Transfer, Nephila Capital successfully pilot blockchain for Cat swap

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Risk Transfer AG (ART) and Nephila Capital Limited report successfully piloting the use of blockchain smart contract technology for transacting a natural catastrophe swap, an approach they suggest offers benefits for this and other types of insurance transactions. The

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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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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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Clear, policy-driven Canadian fintech strategy needed: Toronto alliance

May 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Development of a consistently implemented, policy-driven Canadian fintech strategy focused on fostering innovation is essential and strengthening the fintech ecosystem in the Toronto area should be seen as an imperative for the country’s financial services sector and governments, contends the

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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).

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Fintech sector in Canada not reaching full potential: Competition Bureau of Canada

May 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The fintech sector in Canada is not reaching its full potential, in part because of consumer complacency and a lack of trust in new alternatives to the big banks, according to a new summary from the Competition Bureau of Canada.

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Cyberespionage and ransomware attacks on the increase, report warns

April 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Cyberespionage is now the most common type of attack seen in the global manufacturing, education and now public sectors, a new report has revealed. According to the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), released on Thursday, ransomware is now

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New phishing scams aimed at accessing direct deposit funds emerging: Beazley

April 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Phishing scams aimed at accessing direct deposit funds have emerged as a new danger in 2017, specialist insurer Beazley said on Tuesday. Phishing scams aimed at accessing specific employee tax information were a continuing threat, representing 9% of all breaches

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72% of employees willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company info: survey

April 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly three in four (72% of) employees across eight countries, including Canada, are willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information, according to a recent survey from computer technology company Dell. Late last week, Dell released the results of