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Companies plan to spend more on cloud computing services this year, higher prices among drivers: Clutch

June 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Companies are planning to spend more on cloud computing services in 2017, but must be cognizant that anticipated costs could balloon absent appropriate monitoring and use, suggest survey results released this week by Clutch. Reflecting input from 283 IT professionals

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Employee awareness, training key to building a solid cyber security culture: Echols

June 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A little competition could be a good thing, especially when it comes to building a cyber security culture, cyber expert Michael Echols suggested last week during a symposium co-hosted by the Travelers Institute and Economic Club of Canada. Developing a

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Gains, losses in efforts to combat cyber crime in 2016: Trustwave

June 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The fight against cyber crime showed both advances and retreats in 2016, with improvements on the intrusion detection and breach containment fronts matched by cyber crime increasingly being treated as a business, suggests a Trustwave report released Tuesday. Findings in

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Manitoba Public Insurance requests 2.7% overall rate increase for 2018/19 insurance year

June 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has announced that it has requested a 2.7% overall rate increase for the 2018/19 insurance year. MPI requested the rate increase for the 2018/19 insurance year in its general rate application filed with the Public Utilities

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Cyclones Debbie, Cook in New Zealand combine to produce insured losses of NZ$84 million so far

June 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The two cyclones that pounded New Zealand in April have spurred insured costs of NZ$84 million to date, setting the stage for what could become one of the most damaging year in recent years and leading to wrong-headed government actions

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François Dagneau appointed CEO of Canadian branch of Arch Reinsurance Company

June 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Arch Reinsurance Company announced on Friday that François Dagneau will be appointed to the position of chief executive officer of its Canadian branch this month. Dagneau will replace Patrick McGuiness, who is retiring from Arch, the company said in a

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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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ENCON Group announces standalone cyber policy for Canadian companies

June 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian managing general agent (MGA) ENCON Group Inc. announced on Thursday the introduction of a standalone cyber insurance policy that provides coverage for network business interruption, ecommerce trading exposure, crime and intellectual property risks. Ottawa-based ENCON Group said in a

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Road to Reform

June 15, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

In his recent review of the Ontario auto insurance system, David Marshall makes some interesting recommendations, one of which has proven to be quite controversial. Marshall – former chief executive officer of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board –

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Insurance industry will be “profoundly disrupted” by technological change, global forum hears

June 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The insurance industry will be profoundly disrupted by technological change, Vincent J. Dowling, Jr., managing partner of Dowling & Partners Securities LLC, told attendees at Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC)’s Young Professionals’ Global Forum 2017 in London, U.K. on

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OSFI publishes draft 2018 version of Minimum Capital Test for federally regulated P&C insurers

June 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) on Thursday published the draft 2018 version of its Minimum Capital Test (MCT) for federally regulated P&C insurers. The revised guideline, which will be effective Jan. 1, 2018, provides clarification with

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AIG, IBM and Standard Chartered Bank pilot “first multinational insurance policy powered by blockchain”

June 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

American International Group Inc. (AIG), IBM and Standard Chartered Bank plc announced on Thursday that they have successfully piloted what they are calling the “first multinational ‘smart contract’ based insurance policy using blockchain.” Working together, AIG, IBM and international banking