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Texas Banking Group Kicks Off Technology Conference

February 11 – The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) will host the 14th Annual TechMecca Technology Conference and Expo February 11-12 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. TechMecca is the largest regional financial services technology conference in the nation and is designed specifically for community bankers to help meet their technology, customer service and marketing needs.


Community Banks Testing Various Mobile Pay Strategies

By Toni Lapp

When it comes to mobile payment strategies, a number of options are emerging, ranging from offering the three major choices — Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay — to developing a branded solution. Some community banks are still weighing their options.


Banking Marijuana: Are Financial Institutions Their Customers’ Keeper?

By Susan B. Zaunbrecher and John F. Costello, Jr.

There has been much focus recently on the banking problems presented by individuals and entities in states where it is now legal, under state law, to manufacture, distribute or dispense marijuana. Since this activity remains illegal under federal law, such activity may be tantamount of money laundering or participation in a criminal enterprise. In 2014, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network created guidance that attempted to reduce fears among financial institutions choosing to do business with marijuana-related businesses, or MRBs. The decision to do business with any person, whether depositor or borrower, ultimately rests with a financial institution’s management and board.


Loan Demand and Interest Rates Top List of Community Bank, Credit Union Concerns, According to New Study

February 10 –

For the first time in five years, the regulatory burden isn’t at the top of bank CEOs’ list of worries, according to “What’s Going on 2016: Cornerstone Advisors’ Take on Community Bank and Credit Union Priorities and Technology Plans.” Instead, their biggest concerns are loan demand and the interest rate environment.


Fifth Third Bank Launches Fun Texting Game

February 10 – Fifth Third Bank has introduced an animated mobile game to see just how fast you can text. The game promotes the speed of the bank’s mobile banking app.


AnyWhereMobile Allies Community Banks and Credit Unions with Merchants

February 10 – Together with Team One Credit Union, MShift, Inc., is aggressively expanding its AnyWhereMobile® Mobile Payment Network in Michigan with merchants ranging from gas stations to restaurants to retail and services.  Merchant-funded rewards play a major role in driving the growth and expansion of AnyWhereMobile®.  With AnyWhereMobile, merchants pay a very low flat interchange fee and are highly motivated to pass that savings back to their customers through Rewards Programs.


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How Banks Can Improve Productivity, Minimize Cybersecurity Risk and Ensure Regulatory Compliance

MARCH 23, 2016 — 2 p.m. Eastern 1 p.m. Central 11 a.m. Pacific

Today, financial institutions face ever-changing, complex and costly regulations. Adding to these challenges is the difficulty of managing the constant evolution of technology. By partnering with the right IT services and solutions provider, banks are able to significantly decrease costs, increase IT performance, enhance cybersecurity and improve their compliance posture.

Learn how Leesa Anderson, CTO of State Bank of Cochran, has been able to move her bank’s network to an automated approach – enhancing visibility of her network, improving her compliance posture and enabling her to focus on projects that contribute to the bank’s strategic plan.

This live session will explore how banks can:

  • Increase the effectiveness of IT management
  • Enhance network management oversight
  • Use a dashboard to improve system visibility and control
  • Remotely monitor IT assets and troubleshoot issues
  • Address Cybersecurity and meet examiner expectations
  • Conduct and automate controls self-assessments, to validate policy and procedure adherence


Zach Duke, Executive Vice President, Safe Systems

Zach Duke, Executive Vice President of Business Development, directs all areas of the Sales and Account Management Departments of Safe Systems. With over fifteen years of experience at Safe Systems, Duke holds a unique perspective and expertise, specializing exclusively in IT and Compliance for financial institutions. Duke is currently on the Board of Directors for Safe Systems, is a teacher at the Southern Operations School of Banking, and is an active member on the Operations & Technology Committee for the Georgia Bankers Association.

Leesa Anderson, CTO, State Bank of Cochran

Leesa Anderson is the Chief Technology Officer at State Bank of Cochran, in Georgia, where she has been employed for 14 years. With over 20 years in banking, Leesa has a keen understanding of information technology, security, and compliance in the financial industry. Leesa is also currently the Vice-Chair of the Operations & Technology Committee for the Georgia Bankers Association.


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Mitigating Password Risk to Reduce Your Chances of a Data Breach

FEBRUARY 18, 2016 — 2 p.m. Eastern 1 p.m. Central 11 a.m. Pacific

Passwords are the primary method of accessing financial networks and applications. They are also the primary way hackers gain unauthorized access to an organization’s data and systems. In this live FREE webinar, you’ll learn ways hackers manipulate passwords and how you can mitigate your organization’s password risk:

  • How hackers uncover passwords
  • What hackers know about your password generation techniques
  • Methods to mitigate your password risk
    • Developing a Windows logon contextual authentication policy
    • Implementing application based authentication requirements
    • Using hardware as a One Time Password (OTP) Generator
    • Creating long, complex passwords with a randomized password generator

Reports of the death of passwords have been greatly exaggerated. Register for this webinar to learn how to give passwords a new life. Brought to you by Crossmatch, a world leader in identity management solutions.

Speaker: Chris Trytten

Chris Trytten has more than two decades of technical and managerial experience in systems and security at leading companies in Silicon Valley, including positions with Crossmatch, DigitalPersona, Interlink Networks, Apple, Siemens and Amdahl.

In his current position as Market Solutions Manager at Crossmatch, he is using his experience serving the Financial and Retail markets by guiding the product and market teams to address the security needs of these industries. Chris is the author of multiple security white papers
and articles.

Old National Bank Endorses Digital Insight

February 8 – Old National Bank, the largest financial services holding company headquartered in Indiana, has completed a successful online and mobile banking platform conversion to Digital Insight, an NCR company. Within 48 hours of its conversion, more than 40 percent of Old National’s customers had logged on to the new experience, which provides the latest in digital technology for online banking and iOS and Android mobile and tablet banking.


Bank Customer Experience Summit Slated for September

February 8 – Networld Media Group, publisher of ATM Marketplace and Mobile Payments Today, has announced the dates and agenda for the Bank Customer Experience (BCX) Summit, the company’s annual conference for the retail banking industry. The 2016 summit will take place Monday, Sept. 19, through Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower.


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