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Apple Pay is Live and Has (Just) A Few Hiccups

Published on October 30, 2014 By | Posted in: Apple Pay, Payments

Apple Pay hit the streets with the release of IOS 8.1 the week of October 20th and at least at the physical point of sale, the mechanics largely seem to be working as planned. With the exception of about 1000 Bank of America customers who experienced quickly corrected duplicate charges, there have been few reported […]

Putting Pandemic Planning into the Ebola Perspective

Published on October 29, 2014 By | Posted in: Business Resiliency, Ebola, Pandemic Planning

Media headlines continue to debate the world response to the current Ebola crisis. The spread and attention to protocols has resurrected pandemic concerns, even though the Ebola virus is not airborne. Pandemic planning can be an important component of business resiliency plans depending on the nature of the business, and the risks for operations if […]

Vendor Risk Management – Keeping Our Eyes on What Matters Most

Published on October 23, 2014 By | Posted in: News, Risk Management, Third Party Risk Management

I’d like to make a bold statement: vendor risk management is easy. Step 1: Use contracts to set expectations, secure audit rights and transfer liability. Step 2: Conduct an assessment to determine if expectations are being met. Step 3: Remediate any issues identified during the assessment. This is very straightforward work. If this work is […]

Whither Bank Regulation: Are We There Yet?

Published on October 14, 2014 By | Posted in: Regulations, Security

The prevailing law addressing bank security is the Bank Protection Act of 1968. In 1978 the operative regulation implementing the Act was Regulation P.

Healthcare Breaches Take Another Little Piece of My Heart

Published on October 6, 2014 By | Posted in: Data Breach, Healthcare, HIPAA, PHI

I was recently in the car listening to Janis Joplin’s “Take Another Little Piece of My Heart,” and it triggered a conversation I had a while ago with a banking executive regarding the similarities and differences between financial and health data breaches. While we agreed that financial breaches – on the surface – appear to […]

No Secrets: Reporting Obligations of HIPAA Business Associates

Published on September 29, 2014 By | Posted in: Business Associate, HIPAA, Newsletter

Once upon a time, privacy and information security were an afterthought during contract negotiations. But breach notification has fundamentally changed the process, causing organizations to become increasingly concerned with their service providers’ privacy and security practices. Breach reporting time periods and breach indemnification costs can be the most hotly contested provisions in a contract negotiation. […]

Goodwill’s Third Party Due Diligence… “And it Makes Me Wonder”

Published on September 23, 2014 By | Posted in: Data Breach, Third Party Risk

Like everyone else glued to the media outlets this past week regarding the Home Depot breach I was softly sobbing to myself “here we go again” particularly after I just made a visit and a purchase with my credit card. However, this discussion isn’t about the Home Depot breach, but rather a less-than recent breach […]

Apple Pay – And Dynamic Payment Tokens

Published on September 12, 2014 By | Posted in: Payments, Tokens

Although Apple’s payments announcement on Tuesday was not a surprise, the platform’s mechanics were largely unknown before Tim Cook’s on-stage introduction at the Flint Center in Cupertino. Cook set the context for Apple’s payments vision quite accurately: “Most people that have worked on this have started by focusing on creating a business model that was […]

How to Respond to the Regulation Avalanche

Published on September 8, 2014 By | Posted in: Compliance, Regulations, Regulatory Compliance, Risk

As follow up to my previous blog on how the avalanche of regulation can stifle innovation in banks and credit unions, I wanted to share some ideas to start the discussion on organizational steps that you can take to enhance the risk and compliance culture. Maturing the processes internally, requires education – and while that […]

Payment Tokens and Standards, Again

Published on September 4, 2014 By | Posted in: News

The last couple of months have seen a more focused and public discussion between merchants and banks about how the standards that will underlie payment tokens should be crafted. An oversimplified summary of positions would suggest that merchants want an ISO based standards development process which would allow for a more inclusive participation and more […]

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