The Field Report with Tom Field

Welcome to BankInfoSecurity!

New, Local Insights on Global Banking, Security Challenges
Welcome to BankInfoSecurity!

It was 2006 when Information Security Media Group, a startup based in Princeton, New Jersey, launched the original BankInfoSecurity, a news site targeting U.S.-based banking and security leaders.

The thought was: Online banking was coming into its own, U.S. banking regulators had just handed down their initial guidance on multifactor authentication. There was no better time to be talking about banking and security, and yet there was no one news source available that did just that. There were banking publications, and there were security publications. No one combined the two. Until BankInfoSecurity.

Podcasts, guest blogs, case studies - these avenues are all open, and I welcome your suggestions for these. 

Since the site's launch, it's grown exponentially and distinguished itself in several ways, including:

  • News - We've become the primary sources for breaking news on such topics as the Heartland Payment Systems data breach, the investigation of which involved banking institutions and law enforcement agencies in multiple continents. Most recently, BankInfoSecurity broke the news of the accidental disclosure of new online banking guidance, which brings us right back to the topic that launched the site.
  • Interviews - We regularly conduct concise, compelling podcast interviews with global thought-leaders on a variety of topics ranging from fraud to education and emerging technologies. A prime example is my recent conversation with Rik Ferguson, Director of Security Research and Communications for Trend Micro, on how even the best practices of multifactor authentication are often misguided.
  • Training - We have an entire curriculum of webinar programs taught by banking/security practitioners on today's hottest topics, including regulatory compliance, fraud prevention and emerging technologies such as cloud computing and social media.
  • Research - We conduct and analyze our own web-based surveys on key topics such as our latest Faces of Fraud study, which offers insight into how global institutions are fighting back against today's most prevalent threats.

In addition to BankInfoSecurity, we've also launched three other news sites: CUInfoSecurity for U.S. credit unions; GovInfoSecurity for the public sector; and HealthcareInfoSecurity to serve the medical community.

In our five years of existence, we've found that even though we were based in the U.S. and that BankInfoSecurity has been focused primarily on the U.S. banking industry, a growing percentage of our audience is based outside the U.S. and comes to us because the banking and security issues we discuss - they're global.

Which is why we're launching this and a series of new international BankInfoSecurity sites today - to draw proper attention to local issues and thought-leaders that have an impact on the global banking industry.

We're leading with a series of brand new podcast interviews conducted with banking/security leaders in this region, and in the coming days and weeks you will see a steady stream of content focused exclusively on your region.

In addition to localized content, we're pleased to share with you our five years of archival content, and I want to point you to recent content of global import: Our coverage of the recent RSA Conference 2011 event and our ongoing attention to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, which impacts merchants, institutions and processors worldwide.

This isn't just a one-way street, though. We don't want to just push content to you. We welcome content from you. Podcasts, guest blogs, case studies - these avenues are all open, and I welcome your suggestions for these. If you have a story to tell - or know someone who does - then please e-mail me, and let's talk.

Meanwhile, check out the new BankInfoSecurity site, and let me know what you think of it. It's exciting to be launching a new site, and we're all eager for your feedback so we can grow healthy, strong ... and local.

About the Author

Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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