Information Sharing , Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development , Threat Intelligence

Gain Insight Into Financial Services Risk With Threat Intel

Northwestern Mutual CISO Laura Deaner on Information Sharing in Banking
Laura Deaner, CISO, Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual, a 166-year-old financial services company, focuses on reducing financial anxiety through insurance, annuities, investments and wealth management, so safeguarding sensitive data and maintaining client trust are job one.

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Northwestern Mutual has end-to-end data security capabilities, actively manages third-party risk and focuses on cyber resilience. To stay vigilant and ahead of evolving threats, the company relies on threat intelligence from diverse sources - paid services, open-source platforms and the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, said Laura Deaner, CISO, Northwestern Mutual.

"We don't want a bad day; we want to ensure all sensitive information is well protected," Deaner said. "Part of that is staying up to date with the tactics, techniques and protocols threat actors utilize, looking for potential compromise indicators and acting upon that intelligence as quickly as possible."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at the Fraud, Security and Risk Management Summit, Deaner also discussed:

  • Collaborating with security researchers on vulnerability management;
  • Promoting a security-aware culture through comprehensive training programs;
  • Implementing advanced data protection and resilience solutions.

Deaner oversees the enterprise information risk and cybersecurity team at Northwestern Mutual. She has more than 12 years of experience leading large teams of security professionals at major companies such as Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup. She is a board member of FS-ISAC.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, Productions, ISMG

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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