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“Noticeable decline” in distributed denial of service attacks in Q1 2017: Kaspersky

May 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has found a “noticeable decline” in the number of overall distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and a change to how they were dispersed by country. Kaspersky released late last week its Q1 2017 DDoS

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Clear, policy-driven Canadian fintech strategy needed: Toronto alliance

May 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Development of a consistently implemented, policy-driven Canadian fintech strategy focused on fostering innovation is essential and strengthening the fintech ecosystem in the Toronto area should be seen as an imperative for the country’s financial services sector and governments, contends the

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Ram pickup air bags can fail in rollover; one death reported

May 12, 2017 The Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Fiat Chrysler is recalling approximately 1 million Ram pickups in North America due to a software glitch that could prevent side air bags and seatbelts from deploying during a rollover. The company’s U.S. division said Friday

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Threats of cyberattacks, natural disasters and supply chain failure most pressing global business performance risks: FM Global

May 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Cyberattacks, natural disasters and supply chain failure are three of the most pressing risks to global business performance in the 21st century, according to the 2017 FM Global Resilience Index. The online, interactive annual index ranks 130 countries and territories

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Majority of polled Canadians unaware of flood risks and responsibilities, half would not consider purchasing overland flood coverage: survey

May 5, 2017 by Jason Contant

Homeowners in Canada lack awareness of flood risk and the protection options available to them to reduce that risk, suggests a new study from researchers at the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change and Partners for Action research network at Ontario’s

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Canada lacks ‘commercially widely available wildfire models,’ Aviva Canada reinsurance VP warns

May 2, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Insurers have no “meaningful way of modelling wildfire” losses, a senior executive for Swiss Re Ltd. recently suggested to industry professionals. “If you look at it globally speaking, usually about half of the total insured losses globally are unmodelled perils,”

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Revenues for Marsh’s U.S./Canada division up to US$775 million in Q1 2017, from US$701 million in Q1 2016

May 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Marsh has reported revenues of US$775 million for its U.S./Canada division for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31, up from US$701 million in the first quarter of 2016. Consolidated revenue for the quarter was US$3.5 billion, up 5%

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CIBC economist tells insurers how investment returns could be affected by ‘things that go Trump in the night’

April 26, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Interest rates in Canada are predicted to stay “very low by historic standards” through the end of 2019, an economist recently told insurance professionals, while a “movement against globalization” is a concern for one of Canada’s largest carriers. Avery Shenfeld,

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72% of employees willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company info: survey

April 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly three in four (72% of) employees across eight countries, including Canada, are willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information, according to a recent survey from computer technology company Dell. Late last week, Dell released the results of

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New president and CEO announced for CNA Canada

April 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

CNA Financial Corporation announced on Tuesday the appointment of Nick Creatura to president and chief executive officer of CNA Canada. Creatura will be responsible for “executing profitable growth strategies” for the global insurer’s Canadian operations, CNA said in a press

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Aon unit pegs economic loss from Matthew at US$15 billion

April 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hurricane Matthew, which is estimated to have caused $150 million in economic losses in Canada alone and killed more than 600 in the Western hemisphere, set several records, Impact Forecasting LLC said in a report released Monday. Hurricane Matthew officially

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March and year-to-date second warmest on record for the world: NOAA

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

On the heels of the second warmest winter in its 138-year record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reported that March 2017 and the year-to-date were the second warmest on record for the world. The March 2017 average