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This $40 product could solve some work-from-home bandwidth problems

April 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokerages who are running into computer or telephone problems because they sent workers home during the pandemic could get useful tips from major technology vendors. For example, Extreme Networks Inc. advises its own workers not to rely on their WiFi

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Why home Internet service can pose a problem for brokers during COVID-19

April 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If your brokerage sent its employees home to work on the assumption that all they need is a broadband Internet connection, things might not go as smoothly as planned. Most residential Internet service plans are “asymmetrical,” meaning the speed at

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Marriott says new data breach affects 5.2 million guests

March 31, 2020 Dee-Ann Durbin - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Marriott says guests’ names, loyalty account information and other personal details may have been accessed in the second major data breach to hit the company in less than two years. Marriott said Tuesday approximately 5.2 million guests worldwide may have

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How this insurtech is encouraging innovation during COVID-19

March 30, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Slice Labs Inc., an insurtech with locations in Toronto and Ottawa, is adapting to the pandemic by helping insurers develop new products from people’s homes. “We are actively engaged in getting new products into the market – going full speed

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Web conferencing platforms at risk of being lure for phishing emails: consultant

March 27, 2020 David Paddon - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – With the use of web-based video conferences proliferating during the COVID-19 crisis, cyber security experts warn they pose a threat as well as an opportunity in the age of telework. “In the past, we have seen certain teleconferencing

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Why insurers are training in design thinking 

March 20, 2020 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Canadian P&C professionals have approached Cookhouse Labs, an industry innovation hub, to help with staff training. Cookhouse co-founder Sven Roehl (pictured here) and Ibeth Ramos, Cookhouse’s program manager and innovation coach, explain why.
– As told to Jason Contant

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These clients are especially disadvantaged by COVID-19 precautions

March 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Smart phones and high-speed Internet makes it easier to do business when offices are closed and staff are working from home, but what about the client who doesn’t have the latest and greatest technology gadgets? Some clients, especially some elderly

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How cybercriminals are targetting employees working from home

March 19, 2020 David Paddon - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Cybersecurity experts are renewing their warnings that the COVID-19 crisis is a huge opportunity for criminals to take advantage of confusion as people are forced to work away from the office. A U.S. security firm says at least

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Tech Partnerships

March 12, 2020 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Does Aon’s recent acquisition of CoverWallet signal a trend towards brokerages buying insurtechs?

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One business interruption risk from COVID-19 that your clients may overlook

March 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Will your business get interrupted because people working from home due to COVID-19 cannot log into their computer systems? “If you are asking staff to work from home, make sure that the technology systems to enable them to do that can

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Hitting the Target

March 9, 2020 Robyn Croll, VP, Goose Digital

How data, strategy and technology can help you drive growth from your existing cutomer base during a hard market

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Canadian military equipment vulnerable to cyberattacks, officials say

March 6, 2020 Lee Berthiaume - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada and the United States are working together to make their high-tech military equipment less hackable, top defence officials said in Ottawa Thursday, but they have a lot of work to do. Speaking to the Ottawa Conference on