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Insurtech startup releases commercial drone package for property insurance inspections and claims

November 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurtech startup Betterview, a service provider for capturing and analyzing data from drones, has announced a commercial drone inspection package for insurers. The pre-assembled package, which is available in Canada, includes a DJI drone, software and training to “provide and

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Data Crunching

November 3, 2017 Jeffrey Baer, Manager of Advanced Analytics, Economical Insurance

Brokerages of all sizes can gain insight using data analytics if they collect accurate data on clients and operations and leverage government and public information sources.

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Guidewire’s planned acquisition of Cyence to help p&c clients deal with 21st-century risks

October 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Guidewire Software, Inc.’s planned acquisition of Cyence Inc. will ensure Guidewire clients can access a cloud-based data listening and risk analytics solution to help them manage emerging risks for which long claims histories may not be available. California-based Guidewire Software,

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New software could make it easier to “adopt and trust” AI systems that set insurance premiums

October 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New software developed at the University of Waterloo (UWaterloo) in Ontario could make it easier to adopt and trust powerful artificial intelligence (AI) systems that set insurance premiums, generate stock market predictions and assess who qualifies for mortgages, the university

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Living Legacy

September 22, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Replacing legacy information technology can be a daunting and expensive task, often representing a multi-year, multi-million-dollar project for an insurer. Opting to maintain, tweak or overhaul a legacy system all pose challenges, something carriers wanting to satisfy brokers and customers need to know

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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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Volkswagen engineer gets prison, $200,000 fine in diesel scandal

August 25, 2017 The Associated Press

DETROIT – A Volkswagen engineer who had a key role in the company’s diesel emissions scandal was sentenced Friday to more than three years in prison and a $200,000 fine, a steeper punishment than prosecutors requested. Robert Liang, 63, knew the German automaker was cheating and worked to cover it up, U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox said during the sentencing hearing in Detroit. The judge imposed a 40-month prison sentence.
“The conspiracy perpetrated a massive … and stunning fraud on the American consumer that attacked and destroyed…

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Worldwide spending on IT security products and services to reach US$86.4 billion in 2017: Gartner

August 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Worldwide spending on information technology security products and services will reach US$86.4 billion in 2017, an increase of 7% over 2016, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc.
Spending is expected to continue its growth to US$93 billion in 2018, the Stamford, Conn.-based research and advisory company said in a press release last week.
Within the infrastructure protection segment, Gartner forecasts fast growth in the security testing market (albeit from a small base) due to continued data breaches and growing demands for application security testing as part of…

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U.S.-based security services firm discovers cyber vulnerabilities in radiation monitoring devices

July 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

IOActive, Inc., a “research-driven, high-end information security services” firm headquartered in Seattle, Wash., announced on Wednesday that its research has found a number of cybersecurity vulnerabilities in widely deployed radiation monitoring devices (RMDs). RMDs are used to monitor the radiation

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Worldwide small- and medium-sized business IT spending to top US$676 billion in 2021: International Data Corporation

July 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Total IT spending by small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) around the globe will approach US$568 billion in 2017 and increase by more than $100 billion to exceed US$676 billion in 2021, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC, the

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Lyft forms own autonomous vehicle unit, will open network

July 24, 2017 The Associated Press

DETROIT – Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service said it

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Extreme cloud attack could pack as much of a cost wallop as Hurricane Sandy

July 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A malicious hack that fells a cloud service provider for a time has the potential to produce estimated economic losses of as much as US$53 billion, in line with the hit delivered by Superstorm Sandy, suggests a new research scenario