“Like a gentle breeze, culture may be hard to see, but you can feel it.”
That’s William C. Dudley, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, encapsulating the difficult task of entrenching cultural values within banks.
In today’s financial industry, banks face shrinking margins and customers have a myriad of options for financial services. Financial institutions looking to find the key to growth and continued success must take new approaches and look beyond offering traditional bank services.
The continual expansion of a global economy that trades increasingly online, across international borders and through digital currency has driven the U.S. Treasury Department to cast a wider net of OFAC violations, ensnaring not only financial institutions, but also everyone from unwitting small business owners to sophisticated corporations.
For all banks, meeting compliance demands is a requirement. But for many community banks, risk management is a strategic choice. It’s a choice designed to not only help your bank meet evolving compliance challenges, but also to strengthen your institution’s overall performance.
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—in collaboration with Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC)—recently released an alert regarding ransomware variants. The alert, which served to bring awareness to this threat, provided tips for prevention and mitigation following numerous attacks on individuals and businesses in early 2016.
How does a community bank stay competitive in a marketplace dominated by rapidly changing technology advances and big-box banks with unlimited resources? They use technology to their advantage. And they not only compete by offering the latest and most robust digital products, but also by overhauling antiquated systems to save costs and leverage internal resources.
Since the FDIC released updates to the FFIEC Management Booklet portion of the IT Examination Handbook in late 2015, there have been many changes to requirements and expectations from regulators.
No one likes being told what to do; that’s just human nature. It’s no wonder banks are still bristling at recently beefed up vendor management regulatory guidance. But don’t forget: knowing your vendors and understanding the risks they pose to your institution is far more than just a compliance requirement; it is necessary for running a successful operation.
Many community-based financial institutions struggle with the perception of not being as tech-savvy as larger competitors. But some are finding creative ways to overturn that perception and sail past the competition. Case and point: Citizens National Bank of Cheboygan (Michigan).
What’s the scariest thing going on right now in the financial industry? Given ever-persistent technology advances, for many bankers, cybersecurity is their biggest and most unpredictable threat.