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Build a Rock-Solid Strategy for Risk Management

  • by Keith Monson
  • Apr 06, 2016

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.


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The Down-Low on Protecting Your Financial Institution from Ransomware

  • by Stephen Smith
  • Apr 05, 2016

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.


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One Bank’s Award-Winning Cloud Migration

  • by Gary Hein
  • Mar 31, 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.


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FFIEC Handbook Updates: What’s Changed?

  • by Tyler Leet
  • Mar 24, 2016

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.


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Demystifying Vendor Management

  • by Steve Sanders
  • Mar 09, 2016

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.


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How One Bank’s Virtual Branch Helps It Reach New Customers and Growth Goals

  • by Computer Services, Inc.
  • Mar 03, 2016

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).


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3 Cybersecurity Threats and 4 Strategies to Protect Your Financial Institution

  • by Steve Sanders
  • Feb 25, 2016

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.


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The Facts on How Mobile Banking is Changing the Way Your Customers Do Business

  • by Ashley Miller
  • Feb 18, 2016

If you’re reading this blog right now, it’s probably not the first time you’ve heard about “digital” banking and creating mobile banking apps for your customers. But, all the buzz isn’t for nothing—the shift toward mobile and Internet banking is here to stay. And it’s not just the millennials who are to blame.


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No Bank Will Be Exempt from CECL

  • by Keith E. Monson
  • Feb 10, 2016

Let’s own it, as bankers we like to be in control, so uncertainty stresses us out. And when that uncertainty threatens our capital position and spans multiple years, our anxiety reaches a fever pitch.


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What Does a High Performing Bank Look Like?

  • by Andy Elliott
  • Feb 03, 2016

In the highly competitive banking industry, differentiating your bank from the “big dogs” (large-size banks) and other players in the field takes more than just good luck and a flashy logo. The industry’s highest performing banks are those focused on profitable growth, are highly efficient and have diversified revenue streams.


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