Acing the First Test: FFIEC Compliance

  • Compliance, Security, Identity Verification

After all the talk and through all the confusion, the first test to see if your company is fulfilling the new FFIEC compliance regulations is finally here. Financial institutions and other companies alike have been preparing for this moment for months now. Larger organizations were not nearly as threatened by this test as some of the smaller ones due to resources. Thats not to say its easy for everyone, companies of all sizes dealt with the challenges in their own way. Different threats, means different solutions.

As George Turbin mentions in his interview with BankInfo Security, smaller institutions do not have the same percentage of online customers as bigger banks, therefore decreasing their risk to some level. As more and more banks enter the online space, the risk of ID theft increases significantly. Businesses need to do all they can to make sure that they do not just have a plan, but that they are going to implement the plans and measure the results. Fraud prevention is something that needs to be taken very seriously because more often than not, companies learn to care the hard way. Prevention is always easier than restoration.

Although the size and challenges may differ from one financial institution to the next, one thing is certain - ID verification is not enough. The key to a strong fraud prevention foundation lies in the ability to confirm, or authenticate identity. With the increased accessibility to a customers personal information, it has become incredibly easy for hackers and thieves to find and use this information to commit fraudulent activity. ID authentication helps to protect from these threats and adds to the extra layer of fraud prevention needed to pass your first test with a gold star.