This $38 billion bank has invested a great deal of time and effort into its online security program, continuously conducting risk assessments and making strides to ensure commercial customers stay informed about evolving online-banking risks.
"Organized crime sees that this is a good business to come in, exploit and take advantage of the loopholes," says L.T. Lafferty, criminal defense attorney and mortgage fraud expert, on the schemes that cost banks billions each year.
With the extension of ENISA's mandate into 2013 by the European Parliament & Council, the agency can continue to educate and collaborate with other nations on cybersecurity issues, an area of constant importance.
"If left unaddressed," GAO says, "these issues will continue to increase FDIC's risk that its sensitive and financial information will be subject to unauthorized disclosure, modification or destruction."
As far as Dr. Giles Hogben of ENISA is concerned, now might be the golden opportunity for information security experts to influence the security and privacy measures that may help define Internet safety for the next decade or beyond.
"There are still a lot of inexperienced people out there that are passing themselves off as experts," says Scott Laliberte, managing director of Protiviti, outlining the common challenges of penetration testing.
According to FINRA, Citi's negligence in adequately supervising Tamara Moon, a former sales assistant at a Citi branch in Palo Alto, Calif., resulted in $749,978 being skimmed from the accounts of 22 Citi customers.
As fraud continues to evolve and affect financial institutions, careers are plentiful for fraud-fighting professionals, says Jean-Francois Legault, a fraud investigations specialist with Deloitte and Touche.
"I don't think there's any connection [to] the investments banks will make in fraud prevention," says Doug Johnson of the ABA. "It's not about making budget cuts; it's about protecting the customer relationship and ensuring security."
Trust has been a murky trait on the Internet since its inception. Remember the New Yorker cartoon? A dog, sitting by a PC, says: "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." It's hard to trust what you see on the Net. That's more true today than ever.