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Data breach defendant must hand over computer forensics reports: court

June 26, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

An Ontario casino facing a class-action lawsuit over a data breach has lost its bid to prevent plaintiffs from getting their hands on part of a computer forensics investigation report. The casino claimed the report was protected by litigation privilege

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The thinking behind BFL’s ‘turnkey solution’ for cyber clients

June 25, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers looking to sell cyber insurance to commercial clients should be looking to partner with non-insurance firms specializing in security and risk assessment, one Quebec-based broker advises. “Brokers need to look at not just selling insurance but partnering, and how

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The latest home insurance product for brokers to figure out

May 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

With equipment breakdown and other new coverages available from homeowners’ insurance carriers, brokers need to make sure their clients or prospective clients are aware of their options, a Regina-based broker warns. “There are so many new products” available in homeowner

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How fear of ‘jackbooted brownshirts’ complicates cyber risk management

May 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Managing the risk posed by the “dark web” is made all the more difficult by some people’s mistrust of police, a former top Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer suggested Thursday. “Cyber crime requires a different approach than just the preventative

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Who are the ‘right people’ to respond to cyber incidents?

April 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Properly-trained employees are critical to managing cyber risk, especially with the nation-wide breach reporting law taking effect this fall, brokers and risk consultants told insurance professionals at a recent conference. On November 1, several new sections – including one mandating

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The meeting that every risk manager should have

March 6, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Risk managers concerned about insurance exclusions should consider asking their brokers to brief senior managers explaining what exactly the insurance covers and what it excludes, a Willis Towers Watson executive advises. Steve Sachs, co-chair of the Willis Towers Watson Real

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Invasion of privacy class-action against Equifax proceeds in Ontario

February 1, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A class-action lawsuit arising from last year’s Equifax cyber breach is proceeding in Ontario on the basis of a new invasion-of-privacy tort that has caught the eye of Canada’s property and casualty insurers because it allows courts to award damages

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Wireless Working, Part III: The four-letter acronym every broker should know

January 30, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Brokers working on customer files over wireless computer networks at work need to be on guard, because hackers can listen in on insecure networks. If you’re working from a laptop or tablet and connecting to the corporate computer network using

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Wireless Working, Part II: Why cyber criminals love free WiFi

January 29, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Free WiFi offered at coffee shops, hotels and airports should pique the interest of brokers – and not just because brokers and their clients can work remotely in these locations for free. The technology does not come risk-free. WiFi technology

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Wireless Working, Part I: Risks of working from home

January 26, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Working from home and using a wireless Internet router calls for special security precautions on the part of brokers and other business employees, creating an opportunity for brokers to advise commercial clients about their risk and insurance needs. Many insurance

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2018 Outlook: David Levinson, President, Chief Agent, Zurich Canada

December 29, 2017 David Levinson

As 2018 begins, capital remains at the forefront in Canada. An active hurricane season in the United States will cause insurance carriers to look at their own exposures here in Canada, including earthquakes, fires, and floods. This may cause property

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Uber privacy breach could affect 815,000 Canadians

December 12, 2017 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Uber Canada said late Monday that 815,000 Canadian riders and drivers may have been affected as part of its worldwide data breach announced in November. The disclosure came the same day the federal privacy commissioner said it had