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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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Canada’s fintech adoption rate doubles in last 18 months: EY report

July 25, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Customer wants, needs and demands are guiding players in Canada’s fintech space toward developing simpler, more transparent and customer-centric financial services products, with insurance expected to see a big increase in uptake in future, suggests new research released Tuesday by

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Retailers could lose US$71 billion from fraudulent card-not-present transactions in next five years: Juniper

June 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A number of factors, including click-and-collect fraud, have been identified as contributing to Juniper Research’s forecast that retailers stand to lose US$71 billion globally from fraudulent card-not-present (CNP) transactions over the next five years. Part of a new research issued

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Criminal data breaches forecast to cost global business $8 trillion in next five years: Juniper

May 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Higher levels of Internet connectivity and inadequate enterprise-wide security are expected to pave the way for criminal data breaches costing businesses around the world about $8 trillion over the next five years, suggests U.K.-based Juniper Research. Research released Tuesday indicates

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Clear, policy-driven Canadian fintech strategy needed: Toronto alliance

May 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Development of a consistently implemented, policy-driven Canadian fintech strategy focused on fostering innovation is essential and strengthening the fintech ecosystem in the Toronto area should be seen as an imperative for the country’s financial services sector and governments, contends the

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Ottawa promises funding to address risk of food contaminated by listeria, artificial intelligence research

March 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government is proposing to spend $125 million on a “strategy” for artificial intelligence, to be administered by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). “From smartphone applications that can understand human speech to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence is

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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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ATB Financial joins R3 distributed ledger consortium

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

ATB Financial announced Thursday that the Alberta-based financial services provider has joined the consortium of financial innovation firm R3 to design and apply distributed and shared ledger-inspired technologies to global financial markets. The company will be collaborating with more than

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Global market for autonomous, assistive safety and comfort vehicle features up to US$26 billion annually by 2025: Bain & Company

March 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Autonomous vehicles are revving up, with Bain & Company Inc. forecasting annual growth of 12% to 14% for the global market of autonomous and assistive safety and comfort features by 2025. That translates to a global B2B market of US$22

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IoT botnets present unmanageable cyber security risk: Juniper Research

January 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The scale of embedded connectivity could lead to an unmanageable cyber security risk created by botnets, Juniper Research Limited cautioned Monday in releasing data indicating the consumer Internet of Things (IoT) installed base will reach 15 billion-plus units by 2021.

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Canada’s energy, utilities sectors should beef up climate change competency: report

January 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Companies in Canada’s most carbon-intensive sectors are not demonstrating “climate competency” in the boardroom and should be doing so to address climate change issues, suggests a report this week by Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE). “Investors are increasingly

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Research on earthquakes, tsunamis and climate change to benefit from federal investment of $46.6 million to Ocean Networks Canada

January 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government has provided a five-year $46.6 million investment to the University of Victoria’s (UVic) Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) to support its continued research and development. ONC pioneers ocean observatories that stream live data 24/7 to researchers across Canada