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The home insurance coverage your clients don’t know about

November 27, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Most home insurance clients don’t know they could be covered for identity theft, Top Broker Summit attendees heard Monday. “On the personal lines side, there have been a number of companies in Canada that have offered identity theft coverage for

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Chubb finds ‘alarming’ rise in ransomware attacks

October 23, 2019 by Adam Malik

Malware cyber attacks are on the rise compared to one year ago, according to Chubb, with a new type of strain on the rise. The first half of 2019 has seen more ransomware attacks than 2018, catching the eye of

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Payouts from insurance policies may fuel ransomware attacks

September 20, 2019 Kathleen Foody - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO – The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware. The hackers demanded $250,000. No way, thought County Commission

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Scheer promises to create ‘Canada Cyber Safe’ certification for digital

September 9, 2019 Giuseppe Valiante - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Conservative party Leader Andrew Scheer is trying to reassure Canadians that if elected, his government would better protect their personal information following recent high-profile security breaches at major corporations that compromised the data of millions of Canadians. A

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New laws needed to assign cyber fraud liability: Court

August 13, 2019 Colin Perkel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A deputy judge is calling for passage of clear laws on which innocent party should bear responsibility for financial losses related to cyberfraud. In calling for legislation, Ontario Deputy Judge Shane Kelford said it’s clear the law has

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How it happened: Capital One’s $100-million cyber loss

July 30, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Credit card issuer Capital One Financial Corp. expects that a massive cyber breach affecting millions of Canadians could cost the firm more than $100 million. “Expected costs are largely driven by customer notifications, credit monitoring, technology costs, and legal support,”

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Observations on cyber from Canadian Lloyd’s coverholder

July 15, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Your commercial clients may be able to get cyber insurance with fewer underwriting questions than in the past, but you should still pay close attention to those clients’ risk management practices, the head of a Toronto managing general agent suggests.

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These behaviours raise your client’s cyber risk

June 28, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Do your clients know how often their workers click on links they receive in emails that should have been flagged as suspicious? “I wouldn’t find it unreasonable for an insurer to ask questions about phishing click-through rates,” Srinath Sampath, senior

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Data breach affects nearly 3 million Desjardins Group members

June 20, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Desjardins Group said Thursday the personal information of more than 2.9 million of its members has been shared with individuals outside of the organization. The Quebec-based financial institution said the breach affects 2.7 million individual members and 173,000

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The real reason for spike in cyber claims

June 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The number of reported cyber claims has jumped significantly, but it’s not because of the major breaches you’ve been reading in the headlines. Small to mid-sized organizations are at greater risk of cyber losses than large organizations, A.M. Best Company

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How this cyber breach defendant got a six-figure cost award

June 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Defendants who won a class-action lawsuit were recently awarded $166,000 to reimburse them for legal costs, but the plaintiffs are appealing. Casino Rama, located near Orillia, Ont. was the target of a cyber breach in 2016 by an unknown criminal.

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Nova Scotia Health Authority investigating possible privacy breach

June 10, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – The personal health information of nearly 3,000 people may have been compromised in a phishing attack, the Nova Scotia Health Authority says. The health authority said Monday that it is investigating a “potential” privacy breach affecting 2,841 patients.