Data breach. These two words strike great fear in the hearts of financial institution leaders everywhere. And there’s a good reason—there is no greater risk to consumer confidence in a financial institution than a data breach. But, bank technology is getting smarter, and initiatives like EMV (i.e., “chip cards”) are making your customers’ data more secure than ever before.
Modern life has changed so much, so fast. Nearly everyone today has a smartphone, and we become more reliant on them every day. That’s a good thing for financial institutions that have invested in mobile banking platforms: you’ve positioned yourself exactly where consumers want to interact with you. Just don’t get burned by letting your institution or its customers take this channel’s security for granted.
After the FFIEC conducted cybersecurity exams at more than 500 community financial institutions across the U.S. in 2014, regulators found a significant difference in the level of inherent cybersecurity risks across financial institutions.
So, you’ve made the decision to look for a new core banking provider … and at this point, you know what you’re looking for on a strategic level. But, how do you find the best provider to meet your bank’s unique needs? Finding the ideal core processing provider starts with assembling the right team to conduct the search.
In our last Compliance Advisor blog, we began our discussion regarding the tasks banks must complete as they prepare for the 2018 compliance deadline for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN) Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Final Rule. Here is the remainder of our quarter-by-quarter timeline—through the deadline date of May 11, 2018.
If your bank has ever been through a core vendor change, you know converting is an intensive process that requires countless hours and numerous resources. But, when contract renewal rolls around, you should still ask yourself, “am I happy with my core banking provider?”
Arguments for greater transparency in legal entity ownership have been stacking up for some time. In 2014, the G20 issued its High-Level Principles on Beneficial Ownership Transparency, a pact amongst member countries to improve such transparency and recognize its importance in protecting the global financial system.
If you’re like most bankers, you still get confused when it comes to model risk management. Why are examiners asking my bank to validate a model? What guidance should my bank follow? And what are the board’s responsibilities?
Community financial institutions focus on the future by planning, forecasting, considering customer delivery preferences and assessing risks before they occur. Good thing … America is in the midst of the 2016 election cycle, and your institution should be planning now for possible exposure to a risk that’s lesser known and not often discussed—political risk.
Your customers want transactions completed quickly and securely. That’s why the influx of digital payment options has many consumers looking for the next fastest alternative. And while they don’t always care how it works—you should. Here’s why.