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The hard part about making artificial intelligence work

December 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Using artificial intelligence, brokers can gain valuable insights from data, but making decisions based on those insights might be easier said than done. “There is an issue that all companies struggle with. It’s one thing to gain insights out of

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Cyber risk concerns behind this consumer protection law

December 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Identity theft risk increases when banks release customer information to government agencies doing research, an Ontario politician suggests. “The more information flows around, the more likely there is to be a hacking. It’s just like the more you are driving

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What workers need to learn about cyber security

December 10, 2018 Joyce M. Rosenberg - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK – It may seem obvious: Companies’ computers, mobile devices and accounts need secure passwords. But many small business owners don’t take the time to educate staffers about these very basic forms of cybersecurity. And staffers may not know

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What could stop insurers from being ‘uberized’

December 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Amazon and Google may disrupt the insurance industry some day, but don’t expect either of these firms to start underwriting, suggests the head of one of Canada’s largest property and casualty insurers. “The Googles and Amazons of this world might

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The real risk to SMEs from data breaches

December 4, 2018 by Jason Contant

Changes to Canadian privacy laws expose small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada to potentially higher compliance costs and civil liability in the event of a data breach, according to a new report from commercial insurer Aon. On Nov. 1,

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Why smaller is better for MGAs looking to innovate

December 3, 2018 by Jason Contant

Sometimes even simple technological changes can help managing general agencies (MGAs) become more innovative, a software provider said last week at Insurance-Canada.ca’s MGA Technology Symposium in Toronto. “What everybody should be thinking about critically is where is my company today

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An insurer’s take on the multi-solution era of data exchange

December 3, 2018 by David Gambrill

An old adage states that a broker must be able to communicate with clients in the way in which the clients wish to communicate – be it through online portals, telephone, email, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Similarly, in a multi-solution era

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How brokers can benefit from Instagram

November 30, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers should be using Instagram and other social media sites to establish themselves as “thought leaders,” Economical Insurance advises. “Instagram is a great channel to share content and share your team culture because at the end of the day, I

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Forget about blockchain and AI. Get your website up first.

November 30, 2018 by Jason Contant

Thinking about dabbling in blockchain or artificial intelligence (AI) at your managing general agency (MGA)? It’s probably best to focus on taking smaller steps first. “There’s a whole set of first steps that are being overlooked,” said Jeff McCann, CEO

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Will the entire insurance industry soon move to APIs?

November 29, 2018 by Jason Contant

Canada’s P&C industry will eventually move to using API (application programming interface) in its entirety, predicts the CEO of a technology company that helps brokers automate their workflows. “I think you’re literally looking at the monolithic system; there’s going to

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Two charged in 2016 ransomware attack that hit University of Calgary

November 29, 2018 The Canadian Press

CALGARY – The FBI says it has charged two men in Iran as part of an investigation into cyberattacks that targeted the University of Calgary and computer networks in the United States. The university paid a ransom of $20,000 after

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Why brokers need to talk about ransomware

November 28, 2018 by Jason Contant

Ransomware attacks are increasing, and as a result, there will likely be a shift in brokers and clients alike starting to recognize the value of the business interruption component of a cyber insurance policy, a specialist insurer said Monday. “Cybercrime