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Series of gaps allowed massive Desjardins data breach, privacy watchdog says

December 15, 2020 by Jim Bronskill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A series of technological and administrative gaps caused a high-profile data breach at Desjardins – the largest to date in the Canadian financial services sector, the federal privacy watchdog has found. Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien said Monday that

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A sign that insurers are actually investing in technology

December 11, 2020 by Adam Malik

Insurers have talked about the need to be more digital for years now but there is one clear sign that they’re actually following through on their plan, according to a KPMG insurance expert: A significant number of them are investing

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Tragic, yes, but COVID-19 didn’t change the insurance world: Co-Operators CEO

December 10, 2020 by Adam Malik

The insurance industry should not be surprised by the fact there was a global health pandemic, a senior P&C industry exec says, adding that COVID-19 is not likely to change industry fundamentals significantly, since nothing new was brought to the

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When phishing links are dangled before insurance professionals, do they go for the bait?

December 10, 2020 by Jason Contant

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to insurance industry employees clicking on phishing email links, according to a recent study from a Laval, Que.-headquartered security awareness training firm. The good news is that global “finance & insurance”

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IBC reveals the latest trends in auto theft

December 8, 2020 by Jason Contant

Electronic auto theft, high-end vehicles stolen for shipment overseas, and street racing are three emerging trends coming out of Insurance Bureau of Canada’s (IBC) list of Top 10 stolen vehicles in 2020. Electronic auto theft is on the rise across

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Western Perspective

December 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Meet Clint Smith, chief operating officer of Manitoba-based Andrew Agencies Ltd., which recently acquired several brokerages in Saskatchewan. Smith gave us his take on the challenges brokers face in Western Canada, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the inside

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Industry urged to get high-quality data into the hands of decision-makers

December 4, 2020 by Adam Malik

Getting consistent, high-quality scientific data into the hands of decision makers can protect people from the fallout of bad choices leading up to a catastrophe, such as what’s happened in Fort McMurray, Alta., a catastrophic data expert says. But it

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Underwriting long term care: Transforming liability into opportunity

December 4, 2020 by David Gambrill

With property and casualty insurance carriers reportedly exiting the long-term care (LTC) class of business following a spate of class-action lawsuits related to COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, insurance underwriters may be interested to know about a new technology in

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Who is funding many of these insurance mergers

December 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The industry continues to consolidate and pension funds are one major source of capital for insurers, a Montreal-based merger and acquisition expert observes. “One or two notable [carrier M&A] transactions per year has slowly transformed the Canadian landscape, including the

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Majority of cybersecurity executives expect to budget more to cope with COVID: study

December 4, 2020 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO – A new study estimates more than half of executives responsible for cybersecurity expect to grow their budgets in response to new challenges raised by the COVID pandemic. Consulting firm PwC Canada says a poll of 3,000 executives around

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5 must-haves for your brokerage data system

December 3, 2020 by Jason Contant

Being able to collect better data regarding sales and customer behaviour are obvious reasons to upgrade the data system at your brokerage, but there are other benefits, Vancouver-based P&C insurance consulting firm Smythe Advisory said in a blog published Tuesday.

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BlackBerry shares soar in wake of Amazon deal to develop vehicle data platform

December 2, 2020 by The Canadian Press

WATERLOO, Ont. – Shares in BlackBerry Ltd. gained as much as 63.9 per cent in intraday trading on Tuesday following news of a deal with Amazon Web Services to develop and market BlackBerry’s intelligent vehicle data platform, called IVY. The