OK, for months now we've been saying (all right, I've been saying) that we all know regulatory reform is coming; it's just a matter of "what" and "when."
Well, "when" was Thursday, and "what" arrived in the form of a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), proposing a new framework for the...
A U.S. payment processing arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland, RBS WorldPay, says that its computer system was hacked in November and personal information on 1.5 million cardholders may have been affected. Only about 100 cardholders were directly affected by fraud, the company says in a public announcement about the...
I'm experiencing the New Year's phenomenon. That's what I call the very early part of each year when I struggle writing the correct date on things like checks, forms and the many other documents that require it.
Reported data breaches increased by nearly half in 2008, and 12 percent of the total hacks were at financial institutions - up from 7 percent in 2007.
This is the news from the Identity Theft Resource Center's (ITRC) 2008 breach report, which shows that 2008's 656 reported breaches were up 47 percent over 2007's...
Stupid robbery attempts are always funny, but when they happen in your backyard, well, they're even funnier.
A few weeks back, near my home in New Hampshire, a would-be robber held up a local Citizens Bank branch, and he attempted to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Regulatory compliance is the backbone of a financial institution's information security program. But compliance alone isn't enough, says John Pironti of ISACA's Education Board, who advises institutions to take a risk-based, not a "checklist-based" approach to security.
We've already discussed some of the biggest news and breaches of 2008. But what about some of the people who made the news?
Following is a look back at some of 2008's major newsmakers - and where they are today.
From Bear Stearns to IndyMac, Eliot Spitzer to Bernard Madoff, AIG to WaMu, BCP to TARP...2008 has been an historic year for banking institutions. And everybody from regulatory examiners to practitioners and service providers looks forward to closing the books on the old year and ringing in the new.
As we head into...
Failed banking institutions - the one number that continued to grow all year.
After a year in which only three banks closed (and none the two years prior), 2008 saw 25 banks and 15 credit unions shuttered. Following is a list of the 40 banking institutions that failed in 2008.
Looking ahead to 2009, banking/security guru Steve Katz quotes the ancient proverb: "May you live in interesting times."
With a new administration, new banking landscape and regulatory changes expected, we live in interesting times, indeed.
The year 2008 was marked with significant milestones. Major banks and investment firms around the globe foundered, failed and were acquired or propped up by their governments and regulatory overseers. Stock markets plunged as the subprime problems of investors around the world began unraveling. Opportunistic fraud was...
Getting people on the phone this time of year can be quite a challenge. Between getting ready for the holidays, celebrating the holidays and trying to wrap up everything outstanding before year end there's simply a shortage of available time. And so as we work on building out the project schedule for the first...
Wow - we've been part of quite a bit of quick decision-making recently. Financial institutions going out of business almost overnight, trillions of dollars being offered from the U.S. government in the blink of an eye, and the largest in the industry merging with and/or acquiring peer institutions within weeks.
The federal banking regulatory agencies have issued a revised brochure, "You Have the Power to Stop Identity Theft," which is designed to help consumers prevent and resolve identity theft-related crimes.
The Identity Theft Resource Center in San Diego has made some dire predictions for businesses and consumers to ponder for next year.
Here's a list of some of the things that ITRC sees as causing the most problems in the identity theft arena. Some are already hitting financial institutions and their customers.