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May 6, 2013

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General News


* Scient FCU Chooses PhoenixEFE from Harland Financial Solutions
* Guardian Analytics and Fundtech Announce Partnership
* Bar-Cons FCU Selects Sharetec Core
* LendKey Signs United States Senate FCU

Harland Financial Solutions announced that Scient Federal Credit Union based in Groton, CT has licensed its real-time core processing solution, PhoenixEFE Core. In addition to PhoenixEFE Core, the credit union licensed PhoenixEFE Teller, Sales & Service and Collections, as well as other Harland Financial Solutions offerings, including FMS financial accounting software, Cavion, Voice Banking, the DepositPro account opening solution, the LaserPro suite for compliant loan documents, the DecisionPro credit application processing system, CreditQuest Credit Manager and uOpen online account opening and funding.

Guardian Analytics, a leading provider of behavior-based anomaly detection solutions for preventing banking fraud, and Fundtech, a leader in global transaction banking solutions, announced a partnership to deliver a behavior-based fraud prevention solution for real-time wire processing. The new market offering — FraudMAP Wire for PAYplus — integrates Guardian Analytics’ FraudMAP Wire solution with Fundtech’s payment platforms: PAYplus USA & PAYplus Connect.

Bradford-Scott Data Corporation, an owner/distributor of the Sharetec System, announced that Bar-Cons Federal Credit Union in Columbus, IN has selected the Sharetec System as their new core system. The Sharetec core data processing system is utilized by more than 300 credit unions nationwide.

LendKey, (formerly Fynanz), the cloud-based lending technology company located in New York City, announced the addition of United States Senate Federal Credit Union (VA) to its growing list of lending partners. The credit union will utilize the LendKey custom platform to power its private student loan and private student loan consolidation programs.



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Hardware News

Speco Technologies, a manufacturer of video surveillance solutions, announced their latest Digital Video Recorder (DVR): the WCSPM DVR. The unit now offers both options of built-in CCTV power supply and monitor for ease-of-camera setup and features advanced analytics, such as thumbnail search and Digital Deterrent with 2-way audio. The DVR features an IR remote controller, on-screen keyboard, point and click operation of detailed features, and a wall-mountable design.

While many organizations use high availability software associated with the widely used VMware hypervisor, fault tolerant servers are another viable alternative for protecting heavily virtualized environments. We will take a look at some fault tolerant server options in the June issue of Credit Union tech-talk - subscribe today. 


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Software Updates

SolarWinds released its new Firewall Browser free tool, which enables IT professionals to easily troubleshoot firewalls and manage change requests from their desktops. The firewall configuration search tool supports unlimited searches on mixed-vendor inventory from a single interface and includes these features:


  • Import and search unlimited Cisco, Check Point and Netscreen configurations
  • Search rules and objects based on IP address, name, service, or port
  • Verify if a change request is already handled by the security rules
  • Find the best rules and objects that can be reused for making a change
  • Determine the impact of a change to an object group.
Splunk captures, indexes and correlates real-time data in a searchable repository from which it can generate graphs, reports, alerts, dashboards and visualizations. The latest release is version 2.4 of the Splunk App for Enterprise Security, which makes the statistical analysis tools, dashboards and visualizations available out of the box. The software enables statistical analysis of HTTP traffic to help security professionals determine a baseline for what's normal, detect outliers and use those events as starting points for security analysis and investigation.



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The ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) announced the results of a new survey that confirms concerns are justified about the ATM liability shift that went into effect recently. The survey shows that few have access to the solutions necessary to deploy EMV-capable ATMs, and even fewer have been able to meet the liability deadline. Mike Lee, ATMIA CEO, concludes “We are off to the worst possible start for EMV migration in the USA – there is uncertainty, unpreparedness and an unknown field of possible outcomes thanks to this completely premature deadline forced on the industry.”

ATM wrapping involves working with a third-party service to professionally design custom graphics, then wrap the ATM in the design. Some credit unions have rolled out innovative ATM wraps that have resulted in a positive ROI for their efforts. We will cover ATM wraps in the June issue of Credit Union tech-talk - subscribe now.


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CU Success Stories 


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Wireless World

According to research from CEB TowerGroup, mobile banking adoption is growing steadily, but it is still rarely used as the primary banking channel by consumers. The research firm notes that the majority of mobile bankers use the channel for alerts, with occasional transactional capability. Their survey found these are the most important mobile functions:

- 54% said being able to receive notifications from their credit union about irregular account activity or changes to their account

- 51% reported bill pay capabilities

- 46% listed notification of low account balances

- 43% said mobile remote deposit capture

In partnership with Nuance, U.S. Bank has developed voice recognition software that will let customers handle banking tasks by speaking commands into their mobile device. The Siri-like app understands spoken requests for information on such things as annual percentage rates, cash back on purchases, and fees.


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Security Section

All Clear Systems has developed a sophisticated system to safeguard credit union employees and assets during the branch opening and closing process. The All Clear System provides a credit union-defined dashboard containing real-time information for monitoring your human resources, including storing the data needed for compliance audits and other reporting functions.

Return Path announced that their Anti-Phishing Solutions can now combat attacks from all email domains, including those beyond their control. This represents a product capable of identifying fraudulent email from so-called lookalike domains (close variants of brand names) and from domains entirely unrelated to the brands being targeted in phishing or spoofing attacks. The company says that their solution complements traditional authentication-based solutions such as DMARC, which offer visibility into fraudulent email appearing to originate from an organization’s own sending domains.


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Leaders Roundtable


Online, Mobile, Network & Physical – Securing the Spectrum

BrandProtect -
Read Michael Kiefer's comments:

CloudAccess -
Read Kevin Nikkhoor's comments:

Easy Solutions -
Read David Sylvester's comments:

FireEye -
Read Manish Gupta's comments:

GreyCastle Security -
Read Reg Harnish's comments:
Guardian Analytics -
Read Terry Austin's comments:
Harland Financial Solutions
Harland Financial Solutions -
Read Tom Berdan's comments:

Horsetail Technologies -
Read Chris Sachse's comments:
Integrated Media Management -  
Read Nish Shah's comments:

MokaFive -
Read Purnima Padmanabhan's comments:

Millennial Vision -
Read Scott Cowan's comments:

Network Box
Network Box -  
Read Pierluigi Stella's comments:

Hyland Software -
Read Steve Comer's comments:

Ongoing Operations
Ongoing Operations -  
Read Kirk Drake's comments:

Q2ebanking -
Read Jay McLaughlin's comments:

Rallypoint Solutions -
Read Kris Zupan's comments:

Security Compliance Associates -
Read Jim Brahm's comments:


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Technology and Marketing

The Cisco Connected Customer Experience Report for Retail Banking notes that consumers ranked availability, competence, and efficiency as top banking customer experience attributes. Their survey in the U.S. found that slightly less than half of consumer respondents believed their financial institution knows enough about them to deliver personalized service, however, 69% indicated that they would be willing to share more information in exchange for tailored service. The Cisco survey indicates that consumers expect to interact more with their FIs over a greater number of channels. For example, 48% of U.S. consumers would be comfortable if the entire process of securing a loan were conducted through virtual channels (defined as phone, email, video, and instant message (IM)). 34% indicated that they would be willing to have video chat with their financial advisor with 72% preferring to do that from their home using a tablet or computer versus a smartphone.

A Massachusetts-based startup is offering credit unions an affordable way to profile consumers with no credit histories. We will tell you how it works in the June issue of Credit Union tech-talk - subscribe now.




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Online Banking/E-Commerce/Website Design

Scivantage is a provider of web-based, front- and middle-office technology software that covers solutions from trade processing and account management to comprehensive cost basis reporting and automated account opening, maintenance and funding. The company wants to help credit unions integrate their online banking and wealth management offerings to create a more seamless online banking experience. They note that many consumers, especially those between the ages of 25 and 30, currently prefer to patronize online brokerages that offer better online wealth management tools. However, they are convinced that credit unions can win back those consumers if they offer better digital products that are well integrated with their regular accounts.

The Royal Canadian Mint is looking to develop an “eCoin” for Canada dubbed the “MintChip”. This would be a digital cash replacement aimed at transactions under $10 and value would be recorded on chips within USB sticks or on MicroSD cards in phones, tablets or other devices. Value would be transferred between chips for low, or no, transaction fees.


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Internet Access

The latest WhiteHat Security Website Security Statistics Report shows that the average number of serious vulnerabilities per website continued to decline, going from 79 in 2011 down to 56 in 2012. However this good news is tempered by bad news: 86% of websites tested were found to have at least one serious vulnerability exposed to attack every single day of 2012. Serious vulnerabilities are those in which an attacker could take control of all or part of a website, compromise user accounts on the system, access sensitive data or violate compliance requirements. The most prevalent vulnerabilities were:

- content spoofing identified in 55% of websites

- cross-site scripting in 53%

- cross-site request forgery in 26%

- brute force 26%

- fingerprinting 23%

- insufficient transport layer protection 22%

- session fixation 14%

- URL redirector abuse 13%

- insufficient authorization 11%

Security vendor Prolexic found that attackers are increasingly using the protocols for what it terms "distributed reflection denial-of-service attacks" (DrDos), where a device is tricked into sending a high volume of traffic to a victim's network. The firm says that printers, routers, and many other Internet-connected devices can all be used by hackers to conduct an attack. These networking protocols include:

- Network Time Protocol (NTP)


- Character Generator Protocol, or CharGen

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Call Centers

The Aite Group believes that financial institution call centers should consider adopting voice biometric solutions because they can increase operational efficiency, improve the caller experience via frictionless authentication, and reduce fraud losses. Their research on fraud at contact centers of top-tier financial institutions found that 74% believe that they are being targeted by organized fraud rings, 16% repetitive individual fraudsters and 10% don't know how they are being targeted.


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Catch Tom and Bill Rogers, Associate Editor of Credit Union tech-talk, at these upcoming conferences:

May 30 - June 1, Scottsdale - 40th Annual FSPA Conference

June 5-7, Las Vegas - Credit Union InfoSecurity Conference

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