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Why cybercriminals are stepping up attacks against your small business clients

January 18, 2018 by Jason Contant

The operating model for cybercrime appears to have changed, with criminals using ransomware to target smaller companies and ask for smaller currency amounts, a cyber underwriter with Beazley told Canadian Underwriter on Wednesday. Jimaan Sané said cybercriminals used to attack

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Employees, employers faced with increasingly sophisticated ransomware attacks often opt to pay

November 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The current approach to ransomware education is not sticking, with employees and employees alike opting to pay ransoms in record numbers because they do not have a firm grasp of what should be done when attacked, notes new research out

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Cyber attacks among polled U.S. business costing at least US$5,000

October 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Seven in 10 of the surveyed U.S. businesses that experienced a cyber attack in the last year spent in excess of US$5,000 to investigate each incident, restore or replace software and hardware, and address any other consequences. However, 38% of

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Cybercriminals will shift focus from data to threatening human life, cybersecurity expert predicts

September 13, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Cybercriminals will navigate away from their focus on data and start to target or threaten human life in the near future, cybersecurity expert Kevvie Fowler suggested in an interview with Canadian Underwriter. “Moving forward the next five or ten years,

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Security software, data back-up most important elements of U.S. cybersecurity policies: Clutch survey

September 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Almost all polled large employers in the United States have a cybersecurity policy in place, with required security software and how to back up data being the most important elements of the policy, a recent study from research company Clutch

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Held to Ransom

September 1, 2017 Graeme Newman, Chief Innovation Officer, CFC Underwriting

Ransomware is not new, but attacks are transforming in step with changing motivations. Businesses are advised to have in place precautions to thwart attacks when possible, complemented by cyber insurance should attackers manage to break through.

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Cyber market ‘softer than ever,’ commercial property, general liability rates down in U.S. in Q2: CIAB

August 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Responses from brokers surveyed indicate commercial property insurance rates in the United States dropped an average of 3.6% during the three months ending June 30, with average premium pricing down 1.44% in cyber, in a market that is “softer than

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Ransomware attacks continue to rise, but accidental data breaches remain a major cause of loss: Beazley

August 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ransomware attacks continued their rise in the first half of 2017, up by 50% over the first half of 2016, but accidental breaches continue to be a major problem and account for 30% of breaches overall, specialist insurer Beazley reported

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Ransomware, alternative crypto-currencies and increased deception tactics among key cyber threats: Accenture Security

July 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Destructive ransomware, alternative crypto-currencies and increased use of deception tactics are among the threats driving the lucrative cybercriminal marketplace, the security branch of professional services company Accenture said in a recent report. “The first six months of 2017 have seen

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Cyber threat landscape growing, potential for emergence of destruction of service attacks: Cisco

July 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The potential for “destruction of service” (DeOS) attacks is greatly concerning and organizations would be well-advised to adopt a proactive cyber stance in their protection efforts to combat increasingly sophisticated attackers, warns a new report from Cisco. “Cyber incidents such

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New cyberattack causes mass disruption globally

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One month after the massive global WannaCry ransomware attack, “a new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across the world, hitting companies and governments in Europe especially hard,” the Associated Press reported

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Cyber line expected to be one of the leading P&C growth areas in the U.S. over the next few years: A.M. Best

June 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The cyber line of business is expected to be one of the leading growth areas within the property and casualty space in the United States, with cyber coverages estimated to increase between US$7.5 billion to US$20 billion by 2020, a