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Cyberespionage and ransomware attacks on the increase, report warns

April 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Cyberespionage is now the most common type of attack seen in the global manufacturing, education and now public sectors, a new report has revealed. According to the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), released on Thursday, ransomware is now

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Workplaces should consider the value of staff reporting, observation in combating potential terrorism, violence

April 25, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – The value of staff monitoring and reporting to identify behaviours that may seem linked to the risk of terrorism and workplace violence should not be underestimated, Harry Rhulen, chief executive officer of Firestorm, suggested Tuesday during an educational

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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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Risk professionals should move to fill the understanding gap around disruptive technologies

April 24, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Risk managers will need to take the lead in organizational efforts to address complex challenges and opportunities in an environment that increasingly features rapidly advancing disruptive technology risks, suggests a joint report from broker and risk advisor Marsh

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Alberta government provides $15M a year for FireSmart program, up from $3.8M last year

April 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Alberta has announced it is providing $15 million a year for its FireSmart program, up from $3.8 million last year, to help communities boost their wildfire protection activities. FireSmart uses preventative measures to reduce wildfire threat to

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Government of Alberta boosts Calgary’s flood resilience with $13.4 million investment

April 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Alberta announced on Wednesday that it is investing about $13.4 million to help the City of Calgary boost its flood readiness. Six provincial grants are part of $63 million earmarked in Budget 2017 to help Alberta communities

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Preparation, not panic, is the way to address earthquake risk: IBC’s Don Forgeron

April 7, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

When talk turns to the possibility of a major earthquake in Canada, Don Forgeron, president and CEO of Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), advises that the response should be to prepare, not to panic. “No one should spend their day

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Federal disaster mitigation funding “a leap forward”: ICLR

March 23, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

The federal budget’s commitment to create a $2 billion Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund demonstrates Ottawa’s increasing support for disaster risk reduction, suggests Glenn McGillivray, managing director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR). “For many years, the federal

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Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition launches Canadian website

March 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A new website from the non-profit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) – HomeFireSprinklerCanada.ca – seeks to help increase interest in the life-saving benefits of installed home fire sprinklers in new construction homes. In partnership with and funding from the Co-operators

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Scotiabank announces it will provide $2 million for cyber security and financial data initiative at UBC

March 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Scotiabank’s $2 million funding injection seeks to support the ability of the Scotiabank Cybersecurity and Risk Analytics Initiative at the University of British Columbia (UBC) to accelerate cyber security and financial risk research in Canada. “Data theft costs organizations billions

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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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Canadian P&C industry to celebrate National Education Month in February

February 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s property & casualty industry will celebrate National Education Month in February, showcasing the education and professional development of insurance professionals across the country. The Insurance Institute of Canada (IIC) has expanded its annual National Education Week to a month