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International Property & Casualty Insurance Newsletter – October 2017 edition

International Property & Casualty Insurance Newsletter – October 2017 edition

The world is a complex place and you have a lot to worry about. It is critical that you have the confidence that the insurance broker you choose has the ability and resources to help you globally. We are an authorized Globex International Group Broker Partner in 130 countries around the world. Recent Successes Placed a local General Liability policy in Dubai for a strategic communications consultancy operating throughout the MENA region. Placed a Commercial Property policy for Canadian subsidiary of a US data protection solutions company. Placed Property Damage coverage for electronic metering devices to be installed in public transportation vehicles in Mexico Global Global non-life premiums grew 3.7% in 2016, down from 4.2% in 2015 but above the ten-year average of 2%. In emerging markets premium growth was 9.6%, underpinned by a 20% growth in China. The advanced markets…read more →

Safety Focused: Avoiding Home Improvement Scams, New Car Safety Features & Halloween Safety Tips

Safety Focused: Avoiding Home Improvement Scams, New Car Safety Features & Halloween Safety Tips

In this month’s Safety Focused newsletter we look at ways to avoid home improvement scams, new car features that improve driver safety, and Halloween safety tips. Avoiding Scams When Doing Home Improvements Remodels and other home improvements are an important part of being a property owner. When done correctly, these projects can add value to a home and make it more attractive to future buyers. Unfortunately, hiring a contractor to complete home improvement projects is not always simple. The average homeowner is often unaware of the average cost of materials and labour. What’s more, construction projects can be stressful, and it’s common for individuals to rush when choosing a construction firm just to get a job done faster. As a result, homeowners are an easy target for contractor fraud, which is when a firm performs substandard repairs or offers services…read more →

What Your Business Can Learn From The Equifax Data Breach

What Your Business Can Learn From The Equifax Data Breach

The Equifax hack exposed the personally identifiable information of 143 million people , including 100,000 Canadians, and has created a tremendous ethical, public relations, and legal dilemma for the company. Stakeholders are looking for information to understand what happened. The key question: How was the Equifax data compromised? The cost of the Equifax breach is likely to be greater than the Target breach. A class action lawsuit has already been filed that seeks as much as $70 billion in damages. While the Equifax infrastructure is likely smaller than Target’s, the financial exposure is greater. Marketing, security, and disaster recovery professionals will be analyzing Equifax’s initial response as a case of what not to do. However, business owners need to focus on how not to become another Equifax. Any minimally capable security program considers that protection will fail, so detection is as important, if not…read more →

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month | Live Well, Work Well – September 2017 Edition

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month | Live Well, Work Well – September 2017 Edition

In this month’s Live Well, Work Well newsletter, learn about prostate cancer awareness month and the signs of opioid addiction. Prostate Cancer Awareness Month September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and an important time to learn the dangers of this deadly disease. Prostate cancer is the one of most common types of cancer in Canadian men. Prostate cancer develops from the cells of the prostate gland. While the exact cause of the disease is unknown, research has identified the following factors as contributors to prostate cancer: The risk of prostate cancer increases after age 50. A diet high in fat, especially animal fat, may increase prostate cancer risk. Conversely, a diet high in vegetables, fruits and legumes may decrease the risk of prostate cancer. The chance of getting the disease is more than doubled if a close relative has had prostate…read more →

Canadians Among Those Affected by Equifax Data Breach

Canadians Among Those Affected by Equifax Data Breach

Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States, was recently the victim of a massive cyber attack—an attack that may have compromised the personal information of 143 million people – including 100,000 Canadians. Impacted individuals were not simply limited to the United States either, as the hackers gained unauthorized access to personal information of approximately 100,000 Canadian residents. Initial reports suggest 209,000 credit card numbers were stolen in the attack, some of which belong to international customers. The breach itself occurred between mid-May and July 2017 when cyber criminals gained access to sensitive data by exploiting a weak point in website software. In the United States, sensitive information like Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses and driver’s licence numbers were compromised. The recent attack on Equifax is the third major cyber security threat the organization has experienced…read more →

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