Investigative resources and acumen are front and center in this month’s issue and auxiliary online coverage. Aite Group has disseminated new, albeit terrifying estimates about the toll fraud exacts each year on the p&c insurance industry. Building upon the $30 billion figure that has haunted many a carrier, Aite projects the staggering fraud “tax” will reach $80 billion by 2015.

In this month’s cover story, you’ll hear from veteran Aite analyst Stephen Applebaum, who declares, quite simply, that this is war. The analogy isn’t as dramatic as it seems. So how well do we “know our enemies,” in this case, increasingly desperate fraudsters?

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