By Donna Parent
recent 60 Minutes interview, Jay Powell, Chair of the Federal Reserve, stated
that cyber risk is the largest threat to the Fed and to financial institutions
throughout the U.S. It’s not difficult to understand why. Today’s digital age,
paired with the ongoing development of new technologies, have provided a
breeding ground for cybercriminals to capitalize upon, across physical and mobile
While only 13 percent of organizations use artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect and deter fraud, another 25 percent plan to adopt such technologies in the next year or two — a nearly 200 percent increase. Fraud examiners revealed this and other anti-fraud tech trends in a cross-industry, global survey by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, developed in collaboration with analytics firm SAS.
By Christy Baker
Stop me if you’ve heard this before. “Why won’t they just finish the project?”
I am sure “they,” those awful nameless faceless creatures, are lurking at your institution as well. How do we flush them out? How did they infiltrate our institution in the first place?
Organizations across the world face a new risk paradigm: one that encompasses cyber and physical threats. We’ve heard the stories associated with ATM skimming, identity theft, data breaches, scams and phishing. Large financial services organizations are often the victim of hackers looking to steal corporate information and transactional data or funds, and criminals continue to become more sophisticated in their approach.
By Carolyn Crandall
The days of Jesse James’s train and bank robberies and John Dillinger kicking down doors with his trademark Tommy gun may be long gone, but bank heists are alive and well in the 21st century — albeit with a new flair. Instead of dramatic physical robberies, today’s criminals have shifted the battleground to cybersecurity, infiltrating the networks of financial institutions globally to steal money and personal information. The attacks remain staggering. Back in 2012, individuals and businesses are believed to have lost approximately $78 million during Operation High Roller. Fast forward to today, and the hacking group known as Bandidos Revolution Team is reported to have stolen hundreds of millions of pesos by infiltrating interbank payment systems and hacking into ATMs. Notably, this group is not believed to be connected to another, separate 300-million-peso heist from five banks last year.