Northbridge Releases Enhanced Cyber Risk Coverage for all Canadian businesses

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May 24, 2019 – Enhanced cyber risk insurance bundle offers more comprehensive protection and focused support to businesses of all sizes.

  • 54% of cyber security incidents in Canada prevent employees from carrying out day-to-day work, highlighting the need for commercial cyber insurance.[1]
  • Broad coverage, custom solutions, and complimentary support from leading breach response partner elevates the Northbridge cyber product.

Northbridge Insurance has enhanced their cyber insurance offering to protect businesses across Canada, with expanded first and third-party coverage for a variety of cyber breach issues and resulting expenses.

Cybercrime is skyrocketing, and as tactics become more sophisticated and accessible, more businesses are falling victim to cyber attacks of all shapes and sizes. In response, Northbridge Insurance has released a progressive cyber insurance solution that addresses the evolving cyber protection needs of Canadian businesses and reduces the likelihood of a costly and time-consuming recovery.

The newly enhanced Cyber Risk Bundle addresses the consequences of breaches that result in stolen, encrypted, or corrupted information. Some features include coverage related to incident response, data recovery, business interruption, extortion, privacy liability, and regulatory expenses.

“Cyber attacks are more prevalent than ever, and many businesses aren’t ready for the strike,” says Scott Vandenberg, Vice President of Commercial Lines, Corporate Underwriting at Northbridge Insurance. “Stronger defenses can make for a more effective response – and less downtime. We’re pleased to offer this enhanced solution to our customers to ensure they’re prepared and have the right support in place in event of a cyber or privacy breach.”

In addition to enhanced coverage, policy holders will receive proactive and reactive support from CyberScout, a leading data risk management service provider. The Northbridge Cyber Assist service provides access to expert consultation on protective measures, but also recovery assistance in the event of a privacy breach. CyberScout’s service is automatically included in every Northbridge cyber risk policy.

As cyber risk continues to grow and evolve in unpredictable ways, targeted protection and reliable support becomes paramount for Canadian businesses. A data breach could have a potentially devastating financial impact on a smaller operation, and given that 19% of small businesses and 28% of medium have been affected by cyber security incidents in 2017, it’s a risk that should not be ignored.[2] A forward-focused cyber solution that keeps up with evolving risks and addresses the reality of recovery costs and tasks can sometimes mean the difference between quick resumption of operations or insolvency.

Northbridge Insurance is committed to developing innovative and carefully curated insurance solutions tuned to the risks and needs of Canadian businesses across all sectors. With strategic partnerships and industry-focused internal expertise, Northbridge is poised to continue as a leader in commercial cyber insurance solutions.

[1] Statistics Canada. Table  22-10-0077-01   Impacts of cyber security incidents by industry and enterprise size

[2] Statistics Canada.  Cybercrime and Canadian businesses, 2017y industry and enterprise size.


About Northbridge Insurance

Northbridge Insurance is a leading Canadian commercial insurer. Working with our broker partners, we focus on understanding the needs of our customers and on creating solutions that make a difference to their success. Visit us at www.nbins.com to learn more.

For further information, please contact:

Emily McCauley
Specialist, Corporate Communications
Northbridge Insurance
+1 (416) 350-4341
Emily.mccauley@nbfc.com

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Northbridge white paper examines what’s fueling cargo theft in Canada

TORONTO, November 19, 2018 –  Northbridge Insurance has released a special report titled Canadian Cargo Theft Trends: What’s new, what’s now, and what’s on the horizon, describing how advancing technology and new high-value targets are putting carriers at risk from coast to coast.

Since the voluntary system for reporting cargo theft was launched collaboratively by the Insurance Bureau of Canada and the Canadian Trucking Alliance, an increase in reporting has provided an opportunity to take a closer look at how cargo theft is affecting Canadians and how carriers can mitigate this growing risk.

“These losses are having a direct impact on carriers’ bottom lines, and bring a huge reputational risk” stated Garry Robertson, who leads the Claims Special Investigations Unit at Northbridge. “For consumers, stolen products are often hiding in plain sight. The saying, ‘it fell off the back of a truck,’ may once have referred to a great deal, but it’s important to start asking where goods are coming from. Eventually, costs will increase,” he added.

Using data from local law enforcement reports, the Insurance Bureau of Canada, and other cargo authorities, the report offers a review of the current trends and changing risks surrounding cargo theft.

Key findings:

  • Mixed-load cargo, such as grocery and household items, topped the list of most commonly stolen products in 2018.
  • Meat products are becoming a primary target for theft and have attracted well-funded criminal networks: Northbridge Insurance claims data from 2018 shows that one stolen load was valued at $200,000, which would require a coordinated effort and investment in specialized equipment to prevent spoilage.
  • Cargo itself isn’t the only target: thieves are becoming increasingly more interested in the trailer as well, which is virtually impossible to recover once dismantled.
  • While Northbridge data shows that most reported theft occurs in Ontario, more consistent reporting from western Canada is indicating an increase in missing lumber loads and heavy equipment.
  • Technology is spurring growth in the industry, but also producing new ways for criminals to make off with freight. In many cases, thieves are breaching online broker sites to select high-value deliveries and collect them ahead of schedule by assuming a false identity.
  • Carriers should take extra precautions as we approach the holidays – a peak time for cargo theft, as more goods travel in preparation for the gift-giving season.

As a leading insurer within the Canadian trucking and logistics industry, Northbridge offers sound support and a range of helpful programs and services for concerned carriers. As cargo theft evolves, so does our commitment to producing data-based insights and solutions that will help trucking and transportation companies of all sizes to stay one step ahead of this rising threat.

The full report is available at nbins.com/cargo.

About Northbridge Insurance

Northbridge Insurance is a leading Canadian commercial insurer. Working with our broker partners, we focus on understanding the needs of our customers and on creating solutions that make a difference to their success. Visit us at www.nbins.com to learn more.

For further information, please contact:

Emily McCauley
Specialist, Corporate Communications
Northbridge Insurance
+1 (416) 350-4341
Emily.mccauley@nbfc.com

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Northbridge Financial Corporation wins Celent 2018 Model Insurer Award for transformation project

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TORONTO, April 24, 2018 – Northbridge Financial Corporation is proud to be recognized with the Celent 2018 Model Insurer Award for Legacy and Ecosystem Transformation, awarded today at Celent’s 2018 Innovation and Insight Day in Boston, Massachusetts. Celent is a global research and advisory firm for the financial services industry.

Now in its 12th year, Celent’s annual Model Insurer Award recognizes best practices of technology usage in different areas critical to success in insurance. Amid 132 submissions from across the globe, Northbridge was honoured with the award in the category of “Legacy and Ecosystem Transformation” for its five-year, strategic IT business transformation program that integrates and consolidates legacy systems.

“We’re extremely proud of this recognition from Celent,” said Andrew Wood, Chief Information Officer and program executive sponsor. “It’s an incredible validation for all of the hard work and collaboration from our project team across the organization, including our valued vendor partners. This is an excellent milestone for us as we continue on our transformation journey.”

The Legacy and Ecosystem Transformation category focuses on projects related to upgrading core systems, including policy administration, document management, customer relationship management, new business, illustrations, billing, claims, and rating/underwriting.

“The Model Insurer Awards recognize how insurers are using technology to change the face of insurance,” said Nicolas Michellod, Senior Analyst, Insurance, Celent. “Insurance carriers like Northbridge serve as an inspiration to others looking for strong examples of best practice implementation that will have a truly meaningful impact on business results and the industry overall.”

Click here for more information and the Celent Model Insurer award.

About Northbridge Financial:

Northbridge Financial is a leading commercial property and casualty insurance group that’s been helping to protect Canadian businesses for more than 90 years. We’re 100% Canadian and wholly owned by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. We offer a wide range of innovative solutions to Canadian businesses through our Northbridge Insurance, Federated Insurance and TruShield Insurance brands. Visit us at www.nbfc.com to learn more.

For more information, contact:
Meghan Bar
Manager, Corporate Communications
Northbridge
416-350-4686
meghan.bar@nbfc.com