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Drop in traditional malware and rise in mobile malware, but vigilance still key: U.S. research

August 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The number of active malware families attacking business networks fell by 5% in July – representing the first such decrease in four months – while mobile variants rose, notes new threat research from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Check Point

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Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty launches cyber and professional liability coverage for North America

August 4, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has announced the launch of a new cyber and professional liability coverage product designed exclusively for the North American market. Featuring a streamlined form structure with flexible terms, ACCEPT Protect is the “first of

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Persisting low interest rates, regulatory cost concerns expected to result in lower returns: U.S. insurers

July 15, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

About three-quarters of polled insurers south of the border “have lowered their target return-on-equity expectations to 10% or lower,” notes a new special report released Thursday by A.M. Best. The lowered expectations are “a reflection of highly competitive market conditions

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Vulnerability allows printer watering hole attacks to spread malware: Vectra Networks

July 13, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Researchers at the Vectra Threat Labs have discovered a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that enables attackers to gain system-level control over computers via infected or fake printer drivers to spread malware. “The vulnerability stems from a Windows process that

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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

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Cyber security enters U.S. manufacturers’ Top 10 risks: BDO

June 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Cyber security now ranks among the Top 10 risk factors of manufacturers south of the border, notes a report issued Tuesday by accounting and consulting organization BDO USA, LLP. The lion’s share of manufacturers in the United States analyzed in

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Data breaches detection, escalation costs highest in Canada: global IBM/Ponemon report

June 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Detection and escalation costs related to data breaches were the highest in Canada and lowest in India, note findings of a new global survey released Wednesday. “The average detection and escalation costs for Canada was US$1.60. In contrast, the average

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90% of U.S. businesses experienced hacking incidents in the last year: HSB cyber study

May 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Nine out of ten businesses in the United States have experienced at least one hacking incident in the past year, according to a survey released on Tuesday by The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB), part of Munich

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Cyber incidents in mining a complex topic for risk managers, mining product development has not kept pace with needs: Munich Re

April 12, 2016 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

SAN DIEGO – It is important for risk managers in the mining sector to understand the most critical scenarios for their companies and to analyze the true impacts of cyber incidents, suggests Günter Becker, head of mining for Munich Re.

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Canadian p&c insurers should prepare for next wave of corporate M&A: Ernst & Young

April 11, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian property and casualty insurers should “expand risk advisory capabilities” and prepare for the “next wave” of corporate mergers and acquisitions, Ernst & Young LLP suggested in a report released Monday. In its 2016 EY Canadian property and casualty insurance

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Business interruption due to breach top cyber risk concern for captive insurers: Aon

April 11, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The costs of business interruption due to a breach is the top cyber risk concern for businesses across all industries, according to Aon Global Risk Consulting’s (AGRC) 2016 Captive Cyber Survey report, released on Monday. As Aon’s first cyber captive

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Forecasting emerging risks expected to get tougher: Marsh/RIMS report

April 11, 2016 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

SAN DIEGO – Cyber attacks – once again identified as a top critical business risk – are expected to be a source of emerging risks, but forecasting for all emerging risks could prove more challenging over the next three years,