Intern Spotlight Series: Introducing Luke, Maria and Michael

We are pleased to continue our intern spotlight series! Over a couple weeks, we are introducing each our summer interns to learn more about their background and interests.

This week we are excited to introduce Luke Alexander, Maria Bell and Michael Barry.

Luke Alexander

Luke has joined our Internal Audit department. He is from Rochester, Minnesota and is currently attending Villanova University in Philadelphia. This summer, Luke hopes to advance his knowledge of Excel and gain valuable skills for the finance and accounting industry. Said Luke, “I have a lot to learn, and I hope the mentorship culture that Intact provides will help me learn more about the day-to-day financial operations of a business, especially in the insurance space”.  He enjoyed speaking with Intact team members at his interview, and during his time at the company, he hopes to build meaningful relationships with his colleagues and managers that last into the future. If Luke had a chance to go anywhere in the world, he would choose to go to Japan to experience its people, culture, food and nature. His all-time favorite T.V. show is The Office. The last book he read was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Luke also loves to play golf and plays competitively for his university.

Maria Bell

Maria is interning at our Actuarial department. She was excited to join Intact Specialty to gain exposure to the work of an actuary in property and casualty insurance. In addition, she looks forward to interacting with her team and learning from them. Maria is from Nisswa, Minnesota and is studying at St. Thomas University. She was attracted to the company because of its culture. “The people I have interacted with showed genuine interest to connect, and they value excellence in their work”, she said.  Given a chance to go anywhere in the world, she would choose to go to Israel.

Michael Barry

Michael is interning at our Finance department and is studying at the University of St. Thomas. With this internship he hopes to gain technical and applicable transferable skills that’ll help him build his career. Said Michael, “as per the conversation I had with Intact recruiters, it sounded like Intact has big growth plans and that is something I find very attractive in a company.” If Michael had a chance to go anywhere in the world, he would choose to go to Australia. He is currently binge watching T.V. show Billions. If he was in a deserted island with food and water and two items of his choice, he would choose a library full of books and sunglasses.

Best of luck Luke, Maria and Michael! We look forward to working with you and being a part of your career development.



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Intern Spotlight Series: Introducing Joshua, Kevin and Madison

We are pleased to continue our intern spotlight series! Over a couple weeks, we are introducing each our summer interns to learn more about their background and interests.

This week we are excited to introduce Joshua Prinzo, Kevin Costa and Madison Graves.

Joshua Prinzo

Joshua has joined our IT department and is a student at Boston University. This summer, he hopes to advance his software and technical skills. He is from Atlanta, Georgia. He was attracted to Intact Specialty because he wanted to start his career working in IT and in the insurance industry. Said Joshua “I felt that the company would give me the opportunity to explore the technical side of the industry and I will get to learn more about property insurance”. Joshua would love to visit India in the future, and he enjoys playing the guitar and the piano.

Kevin Costa

Kevin is also interning at our IT department. With a desire to learn how the corporate world functions and how teams work together, he was excited to join Intact Specialty to gain exposure. With this internship he wants to understand the systems development lifecycles and learn new applications, software, and technologies. Kevin is from Taunton, Massachusetts and is studying at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Said Kevin, “I am just excited to work hard and learn as much as possible from experienced and talented team members”. If he had a chance to go anywhere in the world, he would love to go to New Zealand.  That last T.V. series he watched was The Sopranos.

Madison Graves

Madison has joined our IT department as well. She feels that buying insurance is important for everyone and is typically associated with unfortunate situations. Said Madison, “People need insurance when things go wrong. By working in the industry, I want to feel like I am improving the insurance process so I can solve problems and help others at their time of need”. Madison is studying at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is from Cheshire – a small town in western Massachusetts. Her high school graduating class only consisted of 60 students, even though it was a regional high school! She recently moved with her family to Brighton, Massachusetts.

Best of luck Joshua, Kevin and Madison! We look forward to working with you and being a part of your career development.


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What are ransomware attacks

Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts files on a device that compromises a system. Malicious actors rely on it for extorting money from individuals or organizations.

Typically, hackers first deny access of files to users by encrypting the data. They hold it hostage until they are paid a ransom. In exchange, they provide the user the decryption code to restore their access. The ransom is usually asked in cryptocurrency because it is difficult to trace.

In 2020, 304 million ransomware attacks occurred worldwide; however, many are not reported so the number is likely higher. For instance, CNA, one of the largest insurance companies in the United States, reportedly paid $40 million in March this year in response to a ransomware attack and to regain control of its network.

This issue has become of increasing importance. The United States Department of Justice has reportedly elevated some ransomware investigations to a similar priority level as terrorism. This was done in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack in June that disrupted gas supply for thousands.

The consequences of a ransomware attack are:

  • Disruption or total cessation of normal operations
  • Financial losses: restoration of systems and files, legal costs, regulatory fines, lost productivity
  • Harm to an organization’s reputation and/or stock price
  • Temporary or permanent loss of sensitive data or intellectual property
  • Danger to health or life in emergency services and healthcare sectors
  • National security threat

A backup of the data and files is an option; however, malicious actors often threaten to release the information if the ransom is not paid. So, even if an organization believes it can restore the data, they want to avoid exposing sensitive information about employees or customers and are pressured to pay. Since there is still no guarantee that files will be recovered or destroyed, the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not encourage ransom payments. 

Security Best Practices

  • Never click on links in emails or text messages.
  • Always open a browser and type the website address instead of clicking on a link.
  • If you frequently visit a website, bookmark it or add it to favorites. 
  • Be suspicious of all unsolicited emails and text messages.
  • Carefully check app names, website addresses, and email addresses. Be aware that they are sometimes slightly modified to look legitimate and often redirect people to malicious websites.
  • Keep software, browsers, and anti-virus applications updated.
  • Apply security vulnerability patches.
  • Delete unused apps.

Kilauren McShea appointed as Director of Intact U.S. Management Liability

Congratulations to Kilauren McShea, who has been appointed as Director of Intact U.S. Management Liability.

Kilauren joined the company in 2013 and has held positions of increasing management responsibility ever since, most recently as Senior Vice President of U.S. Management Liability overseeing a team of underwriters across the country.  She specializes underwriting financial lines products including Directors & Officers, Employment Practices, Fiduciary, Crime and Employed Lawyers liability insurance.

With her deep ML expertise and history of strong leadership, we look forward to her continued success growing the business.

Intern Spotlight Series: Introducing Joseph, Karla and Jack

We are pleased to continue our intern spotlight series! Over a couple weeks, we are introducing each our summer interns to learn more about their background and interests.

This week we are excited to introduce Joseph Wix, Karla Nguyen, and Jack Hillesheim.

Joseph Wix
Joseph has joined our Actuarial department and is attending Bentley University. Although his hometown is Granby, Connecticut, he recently moved with his family to West Yarmouth, Massachusetts. With an aim to build a career in the property and casualty industry, Joseph wants to learn real-world application of actuarial science. Said Joseph, “The calm and inviting environment I experienced during my internship interviews was the reason I chose to work at Intact Specialty. The people were genuinely interested in what I had to say and answered all my questions.” Joseph doesn’t think of himself as much of a traveler, however, if given a chance to go anywhere in the world, he would love to go to England to see the Premier League match. He recently finished watching T.V. series Peaky Blinder. If Joseph was in a deserted island with food and water and two items of his choice, he would choose to bring a soccer ball for entertainment and sunscreen. “I was in Puerto Rico recently, and I’m peeling more than ever. So, sunscreen is a must!”, he says.

Karla Nguyen
Karla is interning at our Actuarial department. This summer, she hopes to gain a better understanding of the property and casualty insurance industry, specifically specialty insurance. Karla is from Cottage Grove, Minnesota and is attending the University of St. Thomas. She is excited to learn about the different things that can be insured, and coverages offered by the company – that has also employed alumni of her college. The last book Karla read was The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, and the last T.V. show she watched was Schitt’s Creek. Karla is bilingual and can speak English and Vietnamese.

Jack Hillesheim
Jack is from Eagan, Minnesota, and has also joined the Actuarial department. With this internship, he hopes to gain exposure of working in the insurance industry and understanding what entails a job of an actuary. Said Jack “learning about actuarial science in a classroom is one thing, but actually experiencing it is another. I’m looking forward to learning about the industry”. Jack is studying at the University of Minnesota. He decided to work at Intact Specialty because he wanted to work in the property and casualty insurance industry and wanted to learn about specialty coverages that many do not know about. If Jack had a chance to go anywhere in the world, he would love to Patagonia for its mountain ranges and hiking opportunities. He highly recommends watching T.V. series Mare of Easttown.

Best of luck Joseph, Karla and Jack! We look forward to working with you and being a part of your career development.



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