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Artificial intelligence saw record high investments in Canada in past five years: report

July 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Artificial Intelligence (AI) attracted US$162 million in investments across 12 deals in the first half of 2017, the highest amount of funding in Canada in the past five years, according to the quarterly MoneyTree Canada Report from PwC Canada and

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U.S. data breaches increased at record pace during first half of 2017

July 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The number of data breaches in the United States tracked through June 30 hit a half-year record high of 791, according to recent numbers release by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout, a provider of identity protection solutions.

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Misconfigured cloud-based file repository exposes personal information of as many as 14 million U.S. Verizon customers

July 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A “misconfigured cloud-based file repository” exposed the names, addresses, account details and account personal identification numbers (PINs) of as many as 14 million U.S. customers of telecommunications carrier Verizon, according to a recent blog from computer security company UpGuard. The

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Takata adds new type of inflator to huge air bag recall

July 12, 2017 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – Takata is adding a new type of air bag inflator to the nation’s largest automotive recall. The company filed documents with the U.S. government adding 2.7 million vehicles to the recall from Ford, Nissan and Mazda, all with

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Fairfax completes acquisition of Allied World

July 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. has completed its acquisition of Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG, the firms announced Thursday. The deal was valued at nearly $5 billion when it was announced Dec. 18, 2016. All figures are in U.S.

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New cyberattack causes mass disruption globally

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One month after the massive global WannaCry ransomware attack, “a new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across the world, hitting companies and governments in Europe especially hard,” the Associated Press reported

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U.S. earthquakes estimated to cost US$6.1 billion annually in building stock losses

June 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Earthquakes are estimated to cost the United States US$6.1 billion annually in building stock losses, according to an updated report published last week by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The new loss estimate represents a 10% increase over the

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Global acquirers underperformed in the second quarter: Willis Towers Watson

June 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market underperformed in the second quarter of 2017, as Europe M&A bucked the trend and market volatility and economic uncertainty depressed performance in North America and Asia, according to Willis Towers Watson’s (WTW) latest

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Foreign cyberthreat to Canadian elections increasing, spy agency warns

June 21, 2017 Lee Berthiaume and Mike Blanchfield - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada’s electronic spy agency issued a stark warning Friday that online attempts to influence or undermine the country’s electoral process are on the increase – and steps must be taken to counter the efforts. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia

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Experts: Takata bankruptcy means air bag victims get less

June 20, 2017 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – A bankruptcy filing by Japanese air bag maker Takata will leave little money for dozens of people who sued the company over deaths and injuries caused by its exploding air bag inflators, according to outside legal experts and

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Commercial insurance prices in the U.S. increased by less than 1% for sixth straight quarter: Willis Towers Watson

June 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Commercial insurance prices in the United States were nearly flat during the first quarter of 2017, according to the last Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey (CLIPS) from Willis Towers Watson (WTW). The survey, released on Monday, compared prices charged on

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As U.S. threatens withdrawal, feds still committed to Paris Accord, McKenna says

May 31, 2017 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – As the U.S. flirts with fleeing the Paris climate-change accord, Canada is aligning itself with the world’s other two largest economies to take a global leadership role on the effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Environment Minister Catherine