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Category: Financial Institutions

Recapping Deluxe Exchange 2019: Key Takeaways from the EZShield Team

Deluxe Exchange Recap

EZShield was proud to participate as the Platinum Sponsor of Deluxe Exchange 2019, a prominent U.S. financial services conference. Industry leaders from across the nation converged on Miami, FL, to engage in thought-provoking discussions around strategies for market growth, as well as the latest innovations in fintech.

It was also a privilege for the EZShield team to host three sessions. Below is a recap of each, along with some key takeaways. Continue reading

Data Security in 2018: A Year in Review

Data Security

On January 28, the world will observe Data Privacy Day, the signature event in a greater privacy awareness and education effort that focuses on helping consumers own their online presence.

For Financial Institutions (FIs), the need to protect account holders’ Personally Identifiable Information (PII) has never been greater. PII that leads to fraudulent access of financial accounts is a favorite target of cyberthieves, and that puts FIs in the crosshairs constantly. This unwanted attention from cybercriminals costs financial services firms an average of $18 million per firm to remediate, which is 50 percent higher than in other industries, according to Forbes. Continue reading

Protecting Yourself from Fraud During the U.S. Government Shutdown

Fraud & Government Shutdown

**Note: The government shutdown came to an end on January 28, 2019 after 35 days. Delays are still expected as agencies work through more than a month of backlog.

The U.S. government shutdown that started on December 22, 2018, is now the longest on record and is impacting more than 800,000 federal workers as of the time of this writing. Although the impact is clear for those government employees directly in the crosshairs, the full effect is yet to be realized for U.S. consumers.

Here are two federal agencies whose lack of funding could prove to endanger citizens’ defenses against identity crimes and fraud. Continue reading

9 Mobile Statistics That Will Make You Rethink Your 2019 Cybersecurity Strategy

mobile cybersecurity smartphone laptop

Cybercrime is a lucrative business, and IT and Information Security (InfoSec) professionals’ jobs are only getting harder.

Advancements in mobile technology have transformed every employee into a roaming cybersecurity vulnerability. Many of us are now using our personal smartphones for work purposes. And, while that may seem harmless and cost-effective for an organization, personal mobile devices are now more powerful than the PCs of several years ago — and they’re just as open to cyber intrusions by hackers. This can lead to compromised data, resulting in breaches that can cost organizations millions of dollars per incident. Continue reading

Staying Relevant Amidst an Abundance of DIY Financial Tools

Significant Others Holding Hands While Making Financial Decisions

Money impacts all our lives in many different ways. It pays for the essentials that keep us healthy and safe. It enables us to be ready for future expenses and plan new experiences. And it makes us feel good when we can share it with people in need.

Having a steady income can also eliminate financial anxiety. While money cannot buy happiness, studies have shown that, on average, happiness levels do increase with income up to roughly $75,000 in annual salary.  The reason money increases happiness (up to a point) is that it takes a certain salary to feel financially secure.

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What Cybersecurity Means to You and Your Account Holders

cybersecurity

NCSAM 2018

This October marks the 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness (NCSAM) month. The need to better protect our nation’s critical infrastructure – otherwise known as the vast, worldwide connection of computers, data, and websites supporting our everyday lives, has never been at a more critical junction. With the volume and velocity of today’s data breaches, it’s more important than ever for individuals and businesses to proactively address the exposure of personal and confidential information. Continue reading

The Next Wave of Digital Transformation: ID Crime Protection Integrated with Emerging Technologies

emerging technologies

As new technologies emerge to transform the status quo, so does the opportunity for innovation around banking and payment services. Financial business leaders everywhere need to ensure they are investing in the right technology, and in some cases move away from legacy operations, even if it eats their own lunch.

But, as new technologies emerge, so to do the threats facing the industry. A lot of this has to do with the accelerated adoption of a digital lifestyle by consumers and enterprises. As a result, financial institutions must evaluate all possible risks to uphold the security standards of their account holders who entrust them with their sensitive personal and financial data. Continue reading

Addressing the Banking Needs of an Aging Population

Addressing the Aging Needs of an Aging Population

In a world saturated with millennial-focused advertising, financial institutions are turning a blind eye to a very important demographic group: baby boomers. Many financial institutions place boomers in the bubble of anti-technology and dwindling funds. Not only are these stereotypes problematic, they can lead to a substantial loss in potential business. Continue reading

The Rise of Identity Crimes Creates a Major Opportunity in Banking

Driven by a pressure-cooker competitive environment, shifting consumer perceptions and growing security concerns — a not-so-new opportunity in banking has re-emerged.

Identity protection has once again become an optimal opportunity in banking. As cybercrime costs the financial services sector more than any other industry, and consumers increasingly demand engaging financial wellness experiences, financial leaders are starting to take a proactive approach to both by providing targeted identity protection offerings. Continue reading

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