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Posted: Aug 1, 2018
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Author: Lou Grilli

Planning for a breach is a business requirement whether you have been breached or not.

“… credit unions are no longer flying under the radar – credit unions are targets of cybercriminal activity.” – Larry Fazio, Deputy Executive Director, NCUA

The increased use of mobile platform access, for both credit union staff and members, and the migration to cloud-based services is a trend for which there is no going back. The scalability, accessibility, as well as the ability to quickly and easily deploy new services have become business necessities to remain competitive and to continue to serve the needs of members. This also means some loss of control over security and compliance. Understanding and managing the risks associated with the changing world of data security, and being prepared for breaches and how to respond, have also become business necessities. This three-part series, based in part on a presentation given by Michele L. Cohen, a principal with the law firm Miles & Stockbridge P.C., at Trellance’s immersion 2018 conference, outlines the balancing act between convenience and data, and provides a framework for preparing for breaches and what actions to take in response.

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Posted: Jul 24, 2018
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3 Things Boards Can Do To Protect Their CU's Reputation


[Editor's Note: This article was previously published on CUES' CCUBE, and has been modified.]

Credit unions have become more aware of the importance of having a strong online presence and many are equipping themselves with the information and talent needed to be successful. In fact, if you are succeeding in today’s business environment, chances are you have an online presence—and having a strong online presence dictates that you become an active participant in the world of social media.

 

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Posted: Jul 18, 2018
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ThePaymentsReview continues a new feature that highlights regulatory topics important to credit unions.

When one thinks of ADA accessibility, sidewalk ramps, disabled parking spaces, and wheel chair access immediately comes to mind. What about websites?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets standards for accessibility for people with disabilities to all commercial and public entities that have “places of public accommodation”. In 2010, the Department of Justice proposed that the definition of places of public accommodation could include the internet, and hence, websites of commercial and public entities.

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Posted: Jul 10, 2018
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A Survival Guide

[Editor's Note: This article was previously published in CUInsight, and has been modified.]

Credit unions face an aging membership base. At the recently held immersion18, Trellance’s annual conference, a survival guide was presented for credit unions to prepare for and counter this trend.

The average age of a credit union member is 47. This means that most members are past their prime borrowing years. Income from interest is the biggest line item on almost every credit union’s income statement, therefore if members are moving from borrowing age to saving age, the average Return on Member (ROM) will start to decline. That’s not to say that savers aren’t valuable members, a credit union needs both.

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Posted: Jul 5, 2018
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Author: Lou Grilli

Two years ago, ThePaymentsReview published an article asking the question “Will contactless payment cards catch on in the United States?” So far, they have not. But if it is up to the major card brands, that will change very soon. 

Most Americans are not familiar with contactless cards, which allow the cardholder to “tap-to-pay”, just like tapping a phone to pay. These cards are also called dual-interface cards, since they can still be used like traditional cards, but also have an antenna that can communicate with a point-of-sale terminal without being inserted or swiped; tapping to pay is the second interface.

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