Kevin Sullivan spent months at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Now, post-bin Laden, Sullivan says the 9/11 experience changed him both personally and professionally, and impacted how banking institutions view money laundering and BSA violations.
It's been nearly two years now since the corporate account takeover spree began. So, what exactly are the courts, institutions and the financial services industry doing today to prevent further incidents of fraud?
SWIFT's Gottfried Leibbrandt says conflicting regulatory mandates could further fragment the international payments market, if banks and governments don't align their strategies. Communication among governments, regulators and global financial institutions is critical.
A star-studded lineup of top U.S. officials including four cabinet secretaries and three other senior executives announced the new international strategy, emphasizing the importance of cybersecurity to American foreign policy.
ThreatMetrix's Taussig says strong authentication should be part of every financial institution's layered security approach. And according to expected changes to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council's 2005 online authentication guidance, that means proven measures to enhance device identification.
Michaels Stores Inc. says POS PIN pads at nearly 90 stores in 20 states were tampered with, exposing debit and credit cardholders to fraud. Now the chain says it is replacing PIN pads at the majority of its 964 U.S. stores.
When it comes to hot topics, they don't get hotter than authentication, cloud computing and IT governance - all of which I've discussed at length in recent interviews with industry thought-leaders. Let's review some highlights from these conversations.
"No one up here wants to stop Apple or Google from doing the incredible things that you do," Sen. Al Franken says. "What today is about is trying to find a balance between all of those wonderful benefits and the public's right to privacy."
Police and the U.S. Secret Service are now investigating a series of fraud incidents involving Chicago-area customers of the Michaels craft store chain, which appears to be another victim of POS device tampering.
Bankers aren't waiting for the FFIEC to act on the release of its updated online authentication. Instead, they've already begun to comply with the major points recommended in the draft. And the death of Osama bin Laden has heightened concerns terrorists' efforts to launder money through legitimate banking channels.