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BlackBerry expanding channels of distribution via cyber security initiative with Allied World

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario-based BlackBerry Limited is growing its footprint in the insurance industry through a new initiative with Allied World Assurance Company Holdings in which the latter’s U.S. cyber policyholders will gain direct access to the former’s cyber security expertise through an

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McDonald’s Canada says info of 95,000 job applicants compromised

April 3, 2017 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – McDonald’s Canada says the jobs section of its website has been hacked, compromising the personal information of about 95,000 applicants over the last three years. The company said Friday the accessed information included names, addresses, phone numbers, employment

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Canadian executives investing in tech skills training, but still struggle to keep up with technology change: PwC Canada

March 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Polled Canadian organizations are struggling to keep up with constant technology change despite executives viewing digital strategy, cyber security and data analytics as quite or highly important skills to their businesses, notes a new report issued Wednesday by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

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Disruption becoming more of a motivator for cyber attacks: ICRMC panel

March 2, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

The motivation and rationale behind certain cyber attacks seems to be undergoing a transition, with some actors looking to inflict the most disruption possible on a target entity simply for the “fun” of it, it was suggested Thursday during the

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Battle Ready

March 1, 2017 Ryan Wilson, Chief Technology Officer, Security, Scalar Decisions Inc.

What will it take to win the cyber security war in 2017? Organizations may choose to arm themselves with the strategic approach that has worked for high-performing organizations, including identity management and authentication, web application firewalls and encryption for data at rest.

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U.S. Congress committee warned that autonomous vehicles could ‘pose an avenue for terrorism’

February 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The industry and regulators need to “think very broadly” around the cyber security of autonomous vehicles, and having autonomous cars operate in such a way that human drivers must be ready to take control can actually increase the risk of

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Cyber Terms

January 19, 2017 by

A helpful glossary of terms used in the world of cyber security

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Organizations starting to show greater openness to enlisting experts to help with cyber security: NICC speaker

October 1, 2016 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

VANCOUVER – Cyber attackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated – employing better techniques and targeting information that could prove particularly damaging – but that may be balanced by a greater openness to use expertise and not go it alone, it was

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Fifth of surveyed U.S. businesses have not done any recent security testing for vulnerabilities

September 15, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

About a fifth of surveyed businesses south of the border admit not having done any security testing for at least six months despite the lion’s share of respondents also reporting their organizations have encountered at least one security issue, notes

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Pay Day?

September 5, 2016 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

Will spinning the ransomware wheel mean boom or bust for businesses and organizations? The malicious software is increasingly being used to test security preparedness. Absent well-conceived, committed and ongoing protection, though, this malware du jour is likely to continue its costly winning streak.

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Posting vacation plans, pictures could put polled Quebecers’ home security at risk: Allstate Canada

July 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Informing everyone via social media just how great a vacation is or is going to be could be putting Canadians’ largest investments – their homes – at risk of breaches in home security, notes a new survey issued Monday by

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Need for cultural shift to improve cyber security awareness: Wombat Security

July 7, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

It is disheartening to see how the end-user is being managed when it comes to combating cyber security threats, suggests Amy Baker, vice president of marketing for Wombat Security Technologies, Inc. “Insider threats are widely discussed and well-recognized, so it