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May 19 – CBC National Bank, headquartered in Fernandina Beach and with branches in Fernandina Beach, Ocala and The Villages, Fla., and Beaufort and Port Royal, S.C., has launched a newly updated website featuring enhanced functionality and content, a clean design, improved navigation, and more, all designed to facilitate a more engaging user experience.
May 8 – “This is Banking a Fifth Third better.” That’s the idea behind the new advertising campaign from Fifth Third Bancorp. The campaign plays on the improper fraction that is the Bank’s name. As a fraction, 5/3 translates to more than 100 percent — 166.7 percent, to be exact — and going the extra mile to help customers reach their financial goals.
April 28 – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed suit against four online lenders that it claims improperly collected on debts. (more…)
By Jeff Mansir
Over time and through experience, we have learned that cyber-attacks will happen, some will be successful, and the ability to recover from a successful attack is something that must be considered and addressed. Defensive measures should no longer realistically be expected to safeguard an information network alone. An attack will happen; what will you do when it does?
April 6 – The FDIC has published a new guide to help community bankers learn more about the programs and products offered by the Federal Home Loan Banks to facilitate mortgage lending.
March 7 – New York State has passed the nation’s first cybersecurity regulations designed to protect consumers and safeguard the security of the state’s financial services industry. While New York is the first to pursue such an initiative, financial institutions across the nation should expect similar regulations to take hold as cyber attacks continue to rise, both in numbers and intensity. DefenseStorm urges financial institutions to take a more proactive approach to cybersecurity now to not only stay steps of ahead of bad actors, but regulations that are surely around the corner for other states as well.
February 9 – Infosys Finacle, part of EdgeVerve Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Infosys, along with its partner Let’s Talk Payments (LTP), have released a global survey report – Blockchain Technology: From Hype to Reality. According to the report, over 80 percent of bankers surveyed expect to see commercial adoption of the technology by 2020, with nearly half (50 percent) of the financial institutions already investing or planning to invest during 2017. This announcement builds on the recent announcement by Emirates NBD and ICICI Bank on the deployment of blockchain technology in international remittances and trade finance.