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Cybercriminals used WannaCry epidemic to promote fraudulent services, Kaspersky report says

August 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Cybercriminals involved in spam distribution tried to capitalize on public fears of the WannaCry ransomware epidemic with spam and phishing emails offering cyber protection, a new report from Kaspersky Lab has found. The Spam and phishing in Q2 2017 report,

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Polled security professionals in U.S. find securing disconnected systems a challenge

August 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Recently surveyed IT security professionals in the U.S. say securing systems that are disconnected from their corporate networks is a challenge, a situation that could worsen over time, reports Los Angeles-based Lieberman Software Corporation. Polled at Black Hat USA 2017,

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Accenture launches “Liquid Studio” in Toronto to help clients accelerate digital transformation

August 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global professional services company Accenture has opened a new “Liquid Studio” in Toronto to help clients “to turn ideas into innovative applications and solutions with speed and agility.” The Liquid Studio uses rapid development approaches, including agile methodologies and DevOps

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Kaspersky discovers new version of Android Trojan that steals credentials from taxi and ridesharing app users

August 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Researchers from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab reported on Thursday that they have discovered a new modification of the well-known mobile banking Trojan, Faketoken, which is now able to steal credentials from taxi and ridesharing app users. Based on the results

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Web applications the soft underbelly of organizations: Alert Logic report

August 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Web applications are the soft underbelly of organizations, including in the financial services and insurance sectors, with injection-style attacks leading the pack, a new report from Alert Logic has found. Alert Logic, a provider of security and compliance solutions for

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U.S. p&c industry’s reserve adequacy relatively stable in 2016, auto takes hit: Conning

August 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The reserve adequacy of the property and casualty industry south of the border was relatively stable last year, with 2016 marking the 11th consecutive year of favourable development from prior-accident years, Conning notes in a study issued this week. “The

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Understanding of insider threat far from complete: U.S. report

August 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Almost half of respondents to a recent U.S. survey are unaware of the potential for financial losses associated with an insider incident and a third do not know how much related losses are costing their organizations. Findings indicate many organizations

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Premium renewal rate positive across almost the majority of commercial product lines in U.S.: IVANS

August 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The premium renewal rate change for most standard commercial lines products in the United States remained in positive territory for July, with workers’ compensation representing the only standout, notes the latest IVANS Index. The majority of standard commercial lines products

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Economical launches data breach coverage for Canadian businesses

August 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical Insurance announced on Wednesday that it has launched EXPERT Cyber, coverage that is available to commercial policies for Canadian businesses in the event of a data breach. “Cybersecurity is a growing area of concern for businesses of

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Global software company Symbility Solutions partners with Toronto’s DeepLearni.ng to bring AI to property insurance

August 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global software company Symbility Solutions Inc. announced on Wednesday that it has entered into a new partnership with Toronto-based DeepLearni.ng to bring artificial intelligence (AI) solutions into property insurance. Symbility said in a press release that “by closely collaborating with

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Digital and app users not waiting around, quick to bail on non-responsive service: Australia research

August 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A huge divide exists between consumer expectations of their digital service experience and what is being delivered, with three-quarters of recently polled consumers in Australia reporting they will stop trying a digital app or service within a minute if it

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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