More pressure from the FFIEC to increase online security authentication practices can be leveraged with interchange incentives being offered by the Fed for debit- fraud-prevention investments mandated by the Durbin amendment, and institutions should take advantage.
Many disaster-related attacks are personal and direct, perpetrated through a phone call. But some take traditional routes, such as e-mail, while more are taking emerging routes, like text messages to mobile devices.
The bright spot is that 36 percent of the takeover incidents reported in 2010 were stopped before fraudulent funds transfers were approved. That's an improvement from 2009, when only 20 percent were thwarted.
"We face a broad threat ... and each consumer has to understand that their part in protecting both their own finances and the financial infrastructure, together, is a very large part," says Ian Harper, Pentagon Federal Credit Union.
Small businesses have room to improve when it comes to fraud prevention. And according to a recent study commissioned by TD Bank, a lack of understanding and apathy are challenges that need to be overcome.
Ocean Bank failed to implement an effective BSA/AML Compliance Program, with internal controls "reasonably designed to detect and report money laundering and other suspicious activity in a timely manner," regulators say.
The National Credit Union Administration shares some thoughts about emerging online security threats - threats it expects credit unions to address as they work to comply with the updated online authentication guidance issued by Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council.
A new twist in the ongoing online security battle between banks and their commercial customers was reported this week after a corporate account in Omaha, Neb., was hit with thousands in fraudulent ACH transactions.
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.
With the release of the new FFIEC Authentication Guidance, the need for effective strategies to mitigate known online risks has never been greater for banking institutions. Effective authentication methods also ensure institutions conform to new risk management and assessment requirements.
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.