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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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Munich Re operating result down in 2016 from 2015, new partnerships could answer changing client demands

March 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Munich Re is looking to set up partnerships that would previously not have been considered, the company reported this week in announcing the group operating result fell 16.5% to 4,025 million euros in 2016 compared to 4,819 million euros in

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ATB Financial joins R3 distributed ledger consortium

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

ATB Financial announced Thursday that the Alberta-based financial services provider has joined the consortium of financial innovation firm R3 to design and apply distributed and shared ledger-inspired technologies to global financial markets. The company will be collaborating with more than

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Incumbent insurers should rethink businesses, embrace opportunity in digital technology: McKinsey & Company

March 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The insurance industry is not impregnable and companies would be well-advised to reinvent themselves by incorporating digital technology and allowing it to become a catalyst, suggests a new report issued Thursday by McKinsey & Company. Some executives “know that staying

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Companies can come to grips with cyber risk, government back-stop may be needed for certain risks: Swiss Re

March 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Concern about cyber resilience is on the rise – as are the potential costs associated with attacks – but insurers and companies should understand steps can be taken to manage the risk, suggests the latest sigma report from Swiss Re

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Tech and talent crunch among six major forces shaping Canadian P&C insurance in 2017: EY

February 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A “potent combination” of technological change, talent pressure, customer expectations and cyber risks is forcing Canada’s property and casualty (P&C) insurers to embrace innovation more urgently than ever in 2017, according to a new report from EY. EY’s 2017 P&C

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Aviva Canada and DMZ launch Insurtech accelerator program, applications sought

February 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Aviva Canada and the DMZ at Ryerson University are looking to answer the rise of Insuretech in the country’s insurance industry with the joint launch of an accelerator program for Canadian start-ups requiring rapid development. “The future of our economy

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Ontario Securities Commission, U.K. regulator sign co-operation agreement on fintech businesses

February 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have signed a new agreement under which fintech businesses in both jurisdictions will be able to seek support from their financial regulators as they look to operate

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Confront risks of financial technologies to reap benefits: FINTRAC

February 22, 2017 Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The head of Canada’s financial intelligence unit warns that regulators must grapple with the challenges of emerging financial technologies, some of which he says have been exploited by terrorism and organized crime. But while it’s necessary to safeguard

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Terrorism insurance gaps demand rethinking focus on property: C4 2017 speaker

February 2, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Terrorism insurance programs need a reset to ensure clients are appropriately covered in light of the continuing shift from attacks on property to attacks on people designed to produce mass casualties, Scott Bolton, the U.K.-based director of business development and

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Wider mandate for Ontario’s auto insurance regulator would be welcomed

January 19, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

A wide mandate for the body regulating Ontario’s auto insurance sector – one that promotes competition, innovation and responsiveness – would be welcomed, Karin Ots, senior vice president of regulatory and government relations for Aviva Canada, suggested Thursday during a

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82% of security operations centres of reviewed organizations vulnerable to cyber attack: HP

January 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Security operations centres (SOCs) south of the border are falling below target maturity levels, leaving 82% of reviewed organizations vulnerable to cyber security attacks, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) concludes in a new white paper issued Tuesday. The finding is worrisome