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How far can employee confidentiality agreements go?

May 13, 2019 by Jason Contant

If you leave your brokerage with some confidential information stored to memory as opposed to a physical document, can you use that information? A recent ruling from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that even committing to memory confidential

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Cyber Breakthrough

May 10, 2019 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Sales approach is everything when it comes to making the most out of cyber

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How should employers treat recreational marijuana use?

May 9, 2019 by Jason Contant

Employers should treat marijuana use in the workplace as they would alcohol use, a senior claims professional told Canadian Underwriter Monday. “All of the liability still exists,” said Heather Matthews, senior vice president of Crawford & Company (Canada)’s National Claims

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A major risk factor in children being hit by cars

May 8, 2019 Paola Loriggio - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A new study suggests children from poorer areas of Ontario face a greater risk of getting hit by vehicles than those from wealthier areas, possibly because they are more likely to walk to school alone. The study – conducted by

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Loblaws cyber risk manager weighs in on cloud computing security

May 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

While cloud computing can introduce a whole new level of cyber risk, it can also help bolster a client’s information security, the cyber risk manager for one of Canada’s largest retailers suggests. “I will say without any hesitation, as I

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Why it’s hard for insurers to price cyber risk

May 1, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

It’s hard for an insurance company to price cyber because clients are reluctant to report losses, industry experts suggest. “You need historical incidents to understand the types of events out there,” Scott Stransky, assistant vice president and principal scientist in

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How Canada’s banks are tackling identity theft risk

May 1, 2019 By David Paddon - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Canada’s biggest banks marked the official launch of the Verified.Me digital identity network on Wednesday, following years of development and testing with their partner SecureKey Technologies Inc. The banks see Verified.Me as the beginning of a more secure

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Tips for your cyber clients on creating stronger passwords

May 1, 2019 by Jason Contant

Brokers advising their clients on cyber security should inform them that re-using passwords – or using passwords in the first place – is not the best practice. “Passwords still have their use, but not as a way to uniquely verify

News Catastrophes

Are sandbags effective? A look at the popular flood prevention tool

April 30, 2019 Michelle McQuigge - THE CANADIAN PRESS

For centuries, residents of flood-prone areas have looked to sandbags to stave off rising waters. Flood management experts say that while it’s easy to understand why sandbags have become the first line of defence, they may not necessarily be the

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Easy advice to help protect your clients against cyber attacks

April 30, 2019 by Jason Contant

What’s one easy piece of advice you can provide to your clients to help protect them from cyber-attacks? Change your passwords. Nearly one-third (30%) of people in Canada and the United States use the same passwords for all or most

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Why more companies aren’t using alternative risk transfer solutions

April 30, 2019 by Jason Contant

A lack of understanding about alternative risk transfer (ART) solutions, particularly among C-suite executives, remains a major obstacle to their expanded use, according a new report from Marsh and RIMS. Nearly half of C-suite respondents said they don’t understand how

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Best incentives to get homeowners to move out of floodplains

April 29, 2019 by Jason Contant

Massive flooding in Quebec has shined the spotlight on suitable incentives that may get homeowners to move out of floodplains. Quebec Premier François Legault said recently that the province will offer a maximum of $100,000 to homeowners dealing with flood