So far, 66 banks and credit unions have failed in 2011. In comparison, 100 institutions had failed by this time in 2010. The FDIC's 'Problem Institutions' list also shows signs of leveling off for the first time since 2008.
As more criminals target branch ATMs, industry experts wonder if links to insider fraud might not be to blame. Recent brazen attacks prove even in a bank or credit union lobby, ATM skimming can strike.
For banking institutions, the release of the 2011 FFIEC Authentication Guidance is a game-changer, handing down new standards for layered security controls, risk assessments, authentication techniques and customer awareness. But what does all this mean to technology vendors and third-party service providers? Attend...
"I think we'll see some additional investments in fraud prevention tools as a result, and it could be EMV tokens or neural networks," says Jim Schlegel of ACI Worldwide, following the Fed's move on debit interchange fees.
The Fed's ruling on interchange cuts mandated by the Durbin Amendment will aid fraud prevention and could accelerate a move to chip-based payments, says Randy Vanderhoof, director of the Smart Card Alliance.
Jeff Kopchik of the FDIC says too much emphasis on what's "missing" from the FFIEC's new guidance detracts from regulators' intent: providing financial institutions with a guideline for securing online transactions.
"The FFIEC guidance does a good job of addressing today's and yesterday's threats and suggested techniques, but it is not sufficiently forward-looking," says Gartner's Avivah Litan. "Two years from now, the guidance will be sorely out of date."
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Aite's Julie McNelley says the final FFIEC online authentication guidance offers greater detail in areas such as layered security, but that institutions have much to do to prepare for regulatory assessments in 2012.
"Most convenience stores are concerned about pay-at-the-pump skimming. But they can only focus on so much," says Gray Taylor, a security and compliance expert with the National Association of Convenience Stores.
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council has formally released the long-awaited update to its "Authentication in an Internet Banking Environment" guidance. The new directives take effect January 2012.
Leigh Williams says preventing online data breaches requires cooperation within the online ecosystem from domestic and international organizations. Spearheading and maintaining that cooperation requires federal oversight, he contends.