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Saskatoon thunderstorm estimated to cost over US$30 million, floods and convective storms cost global economy US$5 billion in June: Aon Benfield

July 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A thunderstorm over Saskatoon on June 2 that spawned ping pong ball-sized hail is estimated to cost more than US$30 million, Aon Benfield said in its Global Catastrophe Recap report for the month of June. The fast-developing thunderstorm caused the

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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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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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Many global Internet users unprepared for dealing with ransomware attack, study finds

May 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

As institutions around the world continue to assess the full impact of the recent Wannacry ransomware attack, recent research from Ipsos and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) suggests that many global Internet users are “distinctly unprepared” for how

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Ransomware ‘WannaCry’ spreads to thousands more computers at start of workweek

May 15, 2017 Yuri Kageyama and Louise Watt - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TOKYO – The worldwide “ransomware” cyberattack spread to thousands of more computers on Monday as people logged in at work, disrupting business, schools, hospitals and daily life, though no new large-scale breakdowns were reported. In Britain, whose health service was

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Volcanic eruption could cost large cities up to US$30 billion, new Swiss Re model says

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Total economic losses from volcanic eruptions could cost large cities up to US$30 billion, according to a new volcano model from Swiss Re. Calling it the “world’s first global volcano model,” the probabilistic model assesses risk in the case of

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Severe weather outbreaks in U.S. in February lead to billion-dollar payout for insurance industry: Aon Benfield

March 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Prolific severe weather outbreaks in the United States lead to an expected billion-dollar payout for the insurance industry as no fewer than five outbreaks of severe weather impacted portions of the country during February, according to Impact Forecasting’s latest Global

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Nearly half of global insurers expect to acquire new technologies through M&A in the next three years: Willis Towers Watson survey

February 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly three-quarters of global insurers (74%) believe that their sector has failed to show leadership in digital innovation, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson (WTW) released on Thursday. The report, titled New horizons: How diverse growth strategies

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Sea kidnappings rise in 2016 despite plummeting global piracy, report says

January 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More crew members were kidnapped at sea in 2016 than in any of the previous 10 years, despite global piracy reaching its lowest levels since 1998, the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reported on Tuesday. In its