More Regulation. More Risk. More Cost.

More government regulation. More risk. More cost. Every day, bankers are faced with these challenges, and information technology issues are increasingly a big part of the reason why. The rapid pace of technological change has driven rapid growth in technology risks, which in turn have driven increased regulatory focus, all of which drive increased costs.

Another Illinois Bank joins BankOnIT Community

Another Illinois bank recently joined BankOnIT’s Bankers Private Cloud® service.

BankOnIT created and provides the Bankers Private Cloud®, an exclusive solution for banks that improves efficiency, reliability and information security while minimizing a bank’s risk – including regulatory and strategic risks.

The President and CEO at this newest client bank, looks to the increases in cyber risk as an important reason for keeping up with IT.

FDIC Publishes Customer Cybersecurity Guide

Earlier this month the FDIC published a Winter 2016 special edition of its FDIC Consumer News entitled "A Bank Customer's Guide to Cybersecurity.”

Regulator Releases Video for Board & Executive Management

Your bank's board has responsibility for vendor management

The FDIC released a video today that is designed to assist community bank directors and executive management in developing a comprehensive risk assessment program for vendor management.

Are You Confident in Defending Against Cyber Extortion

You’ve probably heard about the successful cyber extortion of a hospital in Hollywood, California. Hackers cracked into the hospital’s database and then electronically locked up the hospital’s systems with malware. The hospital had to pay the extortionists a $17,000 ransom in bitcoins to regain access to the hospital’s own data.

These attacks are also hitting banks; however, due to the huge reputational risk banks face you are not likely to hear about them. The FFIEC has previously warned banks to protect themselves from extortion by computer attacks such as this.

How Will Your IT Practices Hold Up in Court?

A bank’s information security risks include not just regulatory risk, but also financial risk (from unauthorized transactions arising from data breaches), reputation risk (loss of customers’ trust and loss of business) and business continuity risk (system failure destruction or corruption of data, or unavailability of electronic information because of hackers, disasters or other business interruptions).

Cloud Computing, Regulators & Efficiency

Banking regulators do not discourage outsourcing, and in many cases strongly encourage it, if a bank can obtain better services than it can provide internally and the bank maintains proper supervision over the outsourced vendor’s activities.

IT: Strengthening Your Bank or Causing Strategic Weaknesses?

Increasingly, many banks are using technology as a key factor to increase their capabilities - to enhance employee efficiency, to expand financial services provided to customers and to establish a strong foundation for growth. But at other banks, technology is a strategic weakness: It hampers employees’ ability to serve customers, causes regulatory criticism of the bank and even exposes the bank to major financial risk and reputation risk if customers’ information is vulnerable to access by Internet hackers.

Why Banks Choose Bankers Private Cloud®

Banks choose BankOnIT’s Bankers Private Cloud® to increase security and to improve efficiency and reliability. Bankers Private Cloud® client banks have reduced risks and gain more advantages than they have on their own while reducing the amount of time required to manage IT.

There are many reasons why bankers choose the Bankers Private Cloud®. What are your reasons?

Do You Understand the Risks You are Taking On?

State banking departments across the country have partnered with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and worked to bring in top regulatory, law enforcement and cybersecurity experts to banking seminars.

All of these seminars have held a similar message:

Cybersecurity attacks are becoming more frequent. Attacks are more complex, and C-level executives and the board of directors must be aware of what their cybersecurity risks are and how they are managing those risks.

Two comments have been particularly noteworthy: