Occupy supporters plan today to protest at several banks' headquarters in NYC. Coming on the heels of cyberattacks that targeted police in Boston, how worried should banks be about growing physical threats and cyberattacks waged by Occupy sympathizers?
Phishing schemes that aim to gather credit and debit details are on the rise. The American Bankers Association offers tips on exactly what you should tell your employees and customers about the latest scams.
What fraud and security issues does Paul Smocer, the new president of BITS, see as being top concerns in the coming year? Mobile payments, social media, and a strong need for institutions and organizations to comply with existing guidance top the list.
"Organizations are putting in layers of security and tools to safeguard information and assets, however, the fraudsters are attacking our weakest link, the consumer," says Anthony Vitale of Patelco Credit Union.
RSA Chief Executive Art Coviello challenged a widespread belief that cybersecurity awareness could curb cyberthreats: "There's no amount of consumer education to make them smart enough to resist attacks. They're just too sophisticated."
International communication and public-private partnerships are the keys to cybersecurity in the financial space, according to the Department of Homeland Security and the Financial Services - Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
"What banks need to be aware of is that much of this fraud is occurring on the consumer and business-customer side, and not all of them will invest in technology that catches these attacks," says Phil Blank of Javelin Strategy & Research.