FBI Warns of Increase in COVID-19 Related Cybersecurity Attacks

April 9, 2020

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued an alert this week regarding Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks. Opportunistic cyber attackers are using the disruption surrounding COVID-19 to perform these and other types of attacks. 

Work From Home - Bring Your A-Game to the Next Web Conference

April 7, 2020

BankOnIT’s client financial institutions from Vermont to California have 15 times more bankers with remote-working capabilities than a month ago. Most of that happened one week in mid-March when we had a hockey-stick spike in requests for work-from-home (WFH) capabilities. 

One of the things we do is help make those remote-working connections seamless and secure, specifically meeting financial-institution needs.  

Information Technology for Directors Q2 2020

April 2, 2020

Plan for COVID-20, 21, 22…

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated about COVID-19, “I know we’ll be successful in putting this down now, but we really need to be prepared for another cycle.” Fauci cautioned that Americans need to be prepared for the possibility that COVID-19 could become a seasonal disease.

Consider needs your institution will have for future cycles of this virus.  

Information Technology for Directors Q1 2020

January 6, 2020

2020 will be like 2019 – More Threats and Greater Risk than Before

The risks banks face today from cyber threats are greater than at any time in the past, and these risks are growing. The first 6 months of 2019 reflected a 54% increase in data breaches over the same period in 2018.* 

Nation states, terrorist organizations and organized crime have all moved online and have a varying degree of cyber warfare capabilities at their disposal. Nation states and their proxies seeking to use cyberattacks is a real threat as we start 2020. 

Was Your BSA Officer Targeted?

May 7, 2019

Recently, a number of fraudulent emails were sent to BSA officers at banks and credit unions across the country. The fraudulent email looked like it was sent by a BSA officer at a credit union, asking the recipient for help with a money laundering issue involving a mutual customer; however, the email was actually sent by an attacker.

The 6th C of Credit

April 5, 2019

Your business customers are a prime target for cyber criminals. If their operations are crippled due to ransomware or some other type of cyber attack, this will significantly impact their ability to repay your loan.

The 'C' in CIO Stands for 'C'Ya Later'

January 7, 2019

An article from The Wall Street Journal illustrates a major disadvantage that employers face: The demand for IT professionals is greater than the supply of qualified people. Today, more Chief Information Officers are not sticking around.

Too Much or Too Little? How Much Information Should a Bank Board Receive and Review?

January 3, 2019

A board’s primary responsibility is to manage risk of all types in the bank, including information security risk. Carrying out good risk management also helps the director to avoid personal liability.

To perform top-level oversight and monitoring of information security as regulators require, the board needs accurate and high-quality information. There are several ways to think about what kinds of IT information the board should receive, and how much:

Regulatory Guidance: Is it Law or a Very Good Idea?

October 14, 2018

Recently, several U.S. senators asked the banking agencies to state whether supervisory guidance has the force of law or not. In other words, are banks required to follow supervisory guidance in the same way they are required to follow laws and regulations?

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