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Toronto cyberattacks show public bodies need to boost security, experts say

February 14, 2024 Maan Alhmidi – The Canadian Press

As the Toronto Public Library gradually works to restore full service following a crippling October cyberattack, experts are warning that public organizations need to find ways to bolster their ransomware defences, despite having limited resources. A few months after the

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Cybersecurity issue delays in-person classes at Newfoundland’s Memorial University

January 3, 2024 The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A Memorial University campus in western Newfoundland is the latest Canadian post-secondary institution to be grappling with what officials are calling a “cybersecurity incident.” The beginning of most in-person classes for the winter semester at Memorial’s

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Nova Scotia privacy commissioner to investigate file-sharing cyber breach

December 8, 2023 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s information and privacy commissioner has launched an investigation into the theft of personal information from a file-transfer system used by the provincial government. In June, the government confirmed a cybersecurity breach involving a third-party system known

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Brokers’ Number 1 obstacle when selling cyber

October 18, 2023 by Jason Contant

For brokers, the biggest obstacle in selling cyber insurance to clients might not be what you think. Traditional roadblocks to a sale include price, board approval, and executive complacency. But here’s an unlikely naysayer that’s making the rounds of brokerage

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Which commercial line needs more capital?

October 16, 2023 by Jason Contant

Even though the cyber insurance market is in a much better place now than a few years ago, it still needs an injection of capital to keep up with burgeoning demand, a speaker said during an industry event earlier this

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Why ransomware is still a threat to your cyber clients

August 31, 2023 by Jason Contant

Ransomware is “almost certainly the most disruptive form of cybercrime facing Canada” because it’s pervasive and can have a serious impact on an organization’s ability to function, said a new report from the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. However, it’s

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Canada’s P&C insurers react to federal cabinet shuffle

July 27, 2023 by Jason Contant

Canadian property and casualty insurers will be working with new cabinet ministers in the areas of emergency preparedness, public safety (including cybersecurity and auto theft), and housing, infrastructure and communities (including climate resilience), following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s major cabinet

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Financial burden of cybercrime in Canada remains high: IBM report

July 24, 2023 Amanda Stephenson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Increased corporate awareness and a string of high-profile incidents have done little to reduce the financial burden of cybercrime in Canada, according to a new report. The average cost to companies of a cybersecurity breach in Canada as

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Mitigation efforts continue at Suncor in wake of cyberattack

July 5, 2023 The Canadian Press

CALGARY – Canada’s top technical authority on cybersecurity says it is working closely with Suncor Energy Inc. in the aftermath of a high-profile systems breach at the energy giant. The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security says it can’t disclose details

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Suncor cyberattack likely to cost company millions of dollars, expert says

June 28, 2023 Amanda Stephenson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – The systems breach at Suncor Energy Inc. will likely cost the company millions of dollars before it is able to resolve the issue, according to a cybersecurity expert. Jon Ferguson, general manager of cybersecurity at the Canadian Internet

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Feds developing cybersecurity process for defence contractors  

June 1, 2023 Sarah Ritchie - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The federal government says certain defence contracts will be subject to a mandatory cybersecurity certification process starting in the winter of 2024.   Defence Minister Anita Anand made the announcement Wednesday morning at the Canadian Association of Defence and

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One simple question your cyber clients can’t answer

April 4, 2023 by Jason Contant

Your cyber clients likely don’t know the answer to basic questions such as what is being done on a particular server, or even how many computer servers the company has, an expert from a cyber response and recovery firm said