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Cyber Risks are Serious for Serious Business Owners

The Risk of Cyber is Real and Costly!

Effective use of internet technology has the potential to enhance the customer experience, improve organizational efficiency, and create great cost-saving opportunities. Along with all these benefits comes an ever increasing risk of being the victim of cyber crime.


“Hackers are breaking the systems for profit. Before, it was about intellectual curiosity and pursuit of knowledge and thrill, and now hacking is big business.” – Kevin Mitnick, Mitnick Security

Kevin Mitnick Mitnick Security quote on hackers are breaking the systems for profit now hacking is big business

Total annual cost relating to cyber crime is estimated to be between $375-575 billion. To put that number into perspective, the annual aggregate estimated global damage resulting from vehicle collisions is $518 billion.

In Canada, the cost, as of 2014, is estimated to be between $3-4 billion.

Beyond monetary damage, there are other unquantifiable costs. These costs include loss of reputation, erosion of consumer confidence, loss of sales, and cost of security enhancements.

Being a victim of cyber terror is more debilitating than a fire, liability, and theft. After a fire, a company can still set up a remote office. Some forms of cyber risk leave a company unable to access their files or entire network.

While many businesses still do not have cyber insurance today, within 5 to 10 years it will be uncommon for the serious business operation to not have proper insurance coverage in this area.

There are many aspects of Cyber Risk Insurance. At Bryson Insurance, our team of insurance professionals provide a complimentary risk assessment to assist in identifying cyber risk exposure. Connect with our team of professionals at 1-800-661-5196 or by clicking here to send us an e-mail.

To provide an introduction, Cyber Liability often involves multiple channels of risk. These include Privacy Risk, Cyber Risk, and Liability Risk.

  • Privacy Risk involves the collection, use, or disclosure of personal or material data by those you do not choose to share it with;
  • Cyber Risk pertains to any sort of risk of financial loss, disruption, or damage to the reputation of an organization from some sort of failure of information technology systems;
  • Liability Risk is a more general insurance risk with a purpose of protecting from the risks of lawsuits and similar claims.

A complex array of cyber crimes have evolved over the past few decades. The three most common forms of cyber attacks are theft and other data attacks, Malware ( phishing and pharming ), and the wide variety of mechanisms that can infect computers.

What industries are most susceptible to experience a cyber incident?

IBM has collected historical data on what industries report cyber crime incidents. A breakdown of major industries include Manufacturing (26.5%), Banking/Insurance (20.9%), Communications (18.7%), Healthcare (7.3%), Retail (6.6%), Other (20%).

At this point, it is common to start thinking about how cyber risk impacts your business. It is best to have a conversation with one of our industry professionals. To connect with our team of professionals please call us at 1-800-661-5196 or click here to send us an e-mail.

We have created a simple chart that will provide you with some further perspective.

Cyber Risk by Industry Segment






Who do they maintain records on? current & past tenants, potential credit checks customers, employees, sub-contractors customer, employees donors, volunteers, employees patients, doctors, nurses, other staff
What types of information to they keep on file? Files containing financial information, background check information Financial information on cheques, credit cards, potentially have home security information Large amount of credit card data Donor financial information, employee personal information Protected health information, financial information, employee personal information
Who has access to information? Condo association management, cleaning staff Management along with anyone that accepts payments All staff likely all employees All staff including administration and booking staff
Is there a data retention policy? Not likely Not likely Possible, but still have large amounts of data Not likely Likely, but still large quantity of data
What is the source of exposure? What is the source of exposure? Websites, payment processing Websites, payment processing, inventory systems, shipping systems Websites, donation/payment processing Websites, payment processing, medical devices

Most cyber risks are not insured. Global cyber insurance premiums currently cover less than one-half of one percent of the estimated cost of cyber crime. Cyber crime has the potential to cause major disruption in your normal business activity. Our purpose as insurance professionals is to help you mitigate the impact of risks to keep your operation headed in a successful direction. Cyber risk is a growing concern. To gain an understanding how it may affect you and your business, please set a time to meet with us by calling 1-800-661-5196 or e-mailing our office.

Have questions? We are here to help. Please reach out to us at 1-800-661-5196 or send a general email to

The Impacts of Marijuana in the Workplace - Webinar

The Federal Government of Canada is intending to legalize recreational cannabis at some point during 2018.

This has the potential to have a significant impact on the workplace and be a new challenge for HR departments. Employers are reporting primary concerns including:

  1. Employees operating motor vehicles
  2. Disciplinary procedures
  3. Decreased work performance
  4. Employees using heavy machinery
  5. Attendance issues

A study by Deloitte shows that currently 22% of Canadian adults consume recreational marijuana. Once cannabis becomes legal another 17% of Canadians say they would consider consuming as well. This brings a total to 4 out of every 10 Canadian adults to potentially be consumers of recreational cannabis. This will include many employees, company leaders, customers, and others in the community.

How will the legalization of marijuana impact the workplace?

To to answer this question we invited Carole McAfee Wallace, a lawyer with Fernandes Hearn LLP, to discuss the impacts of marijuana in the workplace from a legal perspective. In this webinar we provide an overview of the current regulatory regime for both medical and recreational marijuana, impact of marijuana on individual performance, and review what employers can and should do going forward.

About the presenter:

Carole McAfee Wallace is a lawyer with Fernandes Hearn LLP, a Toronto based law firm that specializes in transportation. To reach Carole directly visit her personal website at Fernandes Hearn LLP by clicking here. 

Carole represents both domestic and international trucking and bus companies on a wide range of transportation matters including regulatory compliance, defence of provincial offences, contract drafting and commercial litigation.

Carole also practises employment law, advising both federally and provincially regulated employers in Canada, and employers internationally, on compliance with employment standards, the management of human rights issues, including the duty to accommodate, and on occupational health and safety compliance including responding to workplace harassment complaints.

She appears on her clients’ behalf before the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Highway Transport Board, the Licence Appeal Tribunal, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.