Netherlands, Germany and UK record most GDPR breach notices

Netherlands, Germany and UK record most GDPR breach notices

Netherlands, Germany and UK record most GDPR breach notices

More than 59,000 personal data breaches have been reported across Europe since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), with the Netherlands, Germany and UK most affected, according to new analysis from DLA Piper. Despite this, only 91 GDPR fines have been imposed, but the law firm expects higher numbers in 2019. DLA Piper said the number and…

Consumers see viruses and insurers as weak points in fight against cyber risk

Consumers see viruses and insurers as weak points in fight against cyber risk

Consumers see viruses and insurers as weak points in fight against cyber risk

Insurers are less trusted by consumers than banks and credit card companies to protect against cyber risk, according to a new survey from Europ Assistance conducted by LEXIS. In Europe, 62% of respondents trusted insurers in the fight against cybercrime, behind credit card providers at 65% and banks at 71%. Across all European countries surveyed – Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland,…

Munich Re returns to strong profit in 2018 as ERGO performs well

Munich Re returns to strong profit in 2018 as ERGO performs well

Munich Re returns to strong profit in 2018 as ERGO performs well

Munich Re recorded €2.28bn profit last year, following 2017’s nat cat-hit €392m. The company’s numbers were boosted by primary business ERGO, which exceeded targets to book €412m of profit; and its reinsurance business, which recorded profit of €1.87bn – up from €120m in 2017. Munich re said ERGO put in a “very good operational performance” for the year, particularly in…

Pamela Thomson-Hall to head Willis Towers Watson CEEMEA

Pamela Thomson-Hall to head Willis Towers Watson CEEMEA

Pamela Thomson-Hall to head Willis Towers Watson CEEMEA

Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has appointed Pamela Thomson-Hall as the head of its central and eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) region, as well as head of corporate risk and broking (CRB) for the CEEMEA region. She starts both roles with immediate effect and is based in London. Her goals are to drive business growth across an especially large…

European heat and drought to cost agriculture sector billions, says Munich Re

European heat and drought to cost agriculture sector billions, says Munich Re

European heat and drought to cost agriculture sector billions, says Munich Re

The heatwaves, droughts and forest fires currently affecting swathes of Europe will cost the agriculture sector billions of dollars with entire harvests lost in some cases, Munich Re warns. According to the reinsurer, the grain harvest in Germany is likely to be down more than 10% on the long-term average as a result of the hot and dry weather. Total…

US storms drive nat cat losses in active June

US storms drive nat cat losses in active June

US storms drive nat cat losses in active June

Global catastrophes made June the most active month for natural disasters this year, with insurance claims led by more than $3bn of losses from eight recorded convective storms and flash floods in the US, according to Aon’s Impact Forecasting. Large hailstones, some the size of baseballs, and winds affected parts of the Rockies, Plains, midwest, southeast and northeast in the…

London, Moscow and Paris most exposed European cities to risk

London, Moscow and Paris most exposed European cities to risk

London, Moscow and Paris most exposed European cities to risk

London, Moscow and Paris are the most exposed European cities to a set of 22 risks, with a combined $24.6bn of annual GDP – or a third of Europe’s total losses – under threat, according to new research from Lloyd’s and the University of Cambridge. The Lloyd’s City Risk Index finds that market crash, cybercrime and floods are the top…

European countries top FM Global’s resilience index but struggle on cyber risk

European countries top FM Global’s resilience index but struggle on cyber risk

European countries top FM Global’s resilience index but struggle on cyber risk

Business resilience to risk and disruption is highest in Switzerland, followed by Luxembourg and Sweden, finds a global index of 130 countries and jurisdictions published by FM Global. However, European countries have deteriorated when it comes to cyber resilience. Myanmar, Nigeria and Madagascar were the bottom three ranked countries in the overall index. Based on 12 measures of resilience across…

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