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June 19, 2017

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General News


Affinity Plus Selects Fiserv for Core Solution

Affinity Plus FCU has selected Fiserv as its new technology provider. The $2-billion APFCU will implement the Architect digital banking solution from Fiserv as part of its multi-channel approach to supporting members in branches, over the phone, and through digital channels.



North Peace Savings & CU, Newground, Win Award for Branch

North Peace Savings & Credit Union, along with Chesterfield, Mo-based NewGround, have won recognition with an Achievement in Marketing (AIM) award from the Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MACU) for their new service center in Dawson Creek, B.C. The award for the branch design category was judged on outstanding creative design used in the service center that highlighted branding, member experience or digital services offered.



The Ai Corporation Releases Machine Learning Tools to Combat ACH Fraud

The ai Corporation has developed a suite of self-service machine-learning products that enable FIs to directly fight growing ACH fraud. SmartScore, one of six products within ai’s SmartSuite, creates neural models using artificial intelligence and automated machine-learning techniques, to help recognize patterns and trends in fraud.






Hardware News


Microsoft Unveils Fingerprint-Scanning Keyboard

Microsoft's new Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID has a hidden fingerprint sensor that looks just like any other key, offering a slight security boost for privacy-focused users.



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Software Updates


Microsoft to Deliver Two Windows Server Feature Updates per Year

Microsoft is moving Windows Server to the same semi-annual feature-update schedule as Windows client and Office 365 ProPlus are now on.



Nmap Announce: Nmap 7.50 Released! 14 New NSE Scripts, 300+ Fingerprints, New Npcap, and More

The Nmap project has announced the release of Nmap 7.50. It is their first big release since last December and has hundreds of improvements.



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Diebold Nixdorf and Samsung SDS Demo Cardless ATM Transactions with Mobile-Based Biometric Authentication

Diebold Nixdorf and Samsung SDS America are teaming up to showcase how integrating advanced mobile technology — such as facial recognition — and the self-service channel can lead to enhanced security and an improved consumer experience. The mobile-based transaction uses Samsung SDS Nexsign — a FIDO compliant biometric authentication platform which includes facial recognition technology paired with the ATM to complete a secure and convenient cardless cash withdrawal in seconds.


Supreme Court Decision Curtails 'Court Shopping' by ATM Patent Trolls

A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could put an end to the practice of shopping for a friendly court by complainants in patent cases. In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods, the Supreme Court ruled that the plaintiff was allowed to file a patent suit only in the state where the defending company is incorporated — narrowing the looser interpretation used by the federal circuit courts.



Wavetec Unveils next Generation Self Service Banking Kiosks

The launch witnessed unveiling of Bank Account Opening, Check Deposit & SIM Dispensing Kiosks.  Both flexible and compact, all self-service solutions provide a complementary channel in branches or off-premise locations.



GTE Financial Plans to Install 61 Skimmer-Proof ATMs

GTE Financial Credit Union said it is installing 61 new ATMs with skimmer-proof technology. The Tampa-based credit union said its machines have been targeted by scammers using skimming devices in the past. Each of the upgraded ATMs costs about $35,000, but ATMs hit by skimmers can cost the credit union as much as about $50,000.



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Wireless World


1 in 5 Smartphone Owners Worldwide Use Their Device Every 5 Minutes

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of smartphone users worldwide use their device every 30 minutes or more, and over a fifth (22%) tap into their phones every 5 minutes, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)’s  “Always On – A Global Perspective of Mobile Consumer Experience,” an in-depth survey of smartphone users compiled from 18 countries around the world. Respondents came from North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa, and the majority of them, no matter their location, report that they access the Internet via mobile web and mobile apps at least once a day (mobile web – 88% and mobile apps – 84%).



Mastercard and Oxford University Unveil Framework for Mobile Biometric Banking

Despite a strong consensus among consumers and FIs that biometrics should replace passwords for access to financial accounts, knowledge gaps are slowing the transition, according to the report “Mobile Biometrics in Financial Services: A Five Factor Framework,” released by researchers from Oxford University and Mastercard.



Mobile Payments Increase the Chance of Fraud and Theft, According to a Study by YouGov

While some experts believe the advent of mobile-payment apps, such as Venmo, PayPal, or Google Wallet, signal the death of cash, a new survey from YouGov Omnibus shows that only 35% of Americans have ever used them. Indeed, more people prefer using a debit card over all other payment methods when purchasing groceries at the store or settling a bill at a restaurant. When taking a taxi, the most desirable option is cash.



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Security Section


New FICO Fraud Solution Can Help Identify the Source of Compromised Cards Faster

FICO just announced the availability of FICO Card Compromise Manager, an anti-fraud solution that can help proactively detect and prioritize compromised merchants and data breaches involving card data. The companion to FICO Falcon Platform, Card Compromise Manager is capable of detecting card present, card not present and ATM fraud. It uses analytics to provide a ranked list of potential compromises and recommended actions to minimize losses and customer impact.



Toshiba Expands Portfolio of Security Solutions with Addition of Mobile Zero Client and Smart Data Encryption Offerings

Toshiba’s Client Solutions Division just announced the addition of Toshiba Mobile Zero Client and Toshiba Smart Data Encryption with BitLocker Management as part of the company’s Security Solutions Suite. Toshiba plans to offer Toshiba Mobile Zero Client and SmartDE solutions to meet diverse, mobile, endpoint IT security needs where compliance and security regulations are particularly stringent.



Palo Alto Networks Announces New Cloud-Based Security Service for Remote Locations and Mobile Users

Palo Alto Networks just announced GlobalProtect cloud service, a new offering that provides the Palo Alto Networks next-generation security infrastructure as a cloud-based service for remote offices and mobile users.



Vidder Now Protects Applications from Compromised Devices and Backdoors

Vidder announced the addition of endpoint trust assessment to its PrecisionAccess solution. With trust assessment, PrecisionAccess allows only trusted clients to access enterprise applications – isolating compromised devices from accessing them – a first for access control solutions. PrecisionAccess already helps protect applications and servers from unauthorized users, unregistered devices, and attackers with stolen credentials, whether the apps are internal or cloud-based.



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Leaders Roundtable

Online and Mobile Banking:

Removing Friction from the Digital Experience

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Kony - http://www.kony.com
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Technology and Marketing


Why Marketers Need to Brush up on How Mobile IDs Can Drive Better Advertising

The Interactive Advertising Bureau has been working with two dozen digital media players in recent weeks to put together a document called “Mobile Identity Guide for Marketers.” The report is designed to help marketers utilize identity data management for better targeting, measurement, attribution and ad relevancy.



Instagram Strategies That Really Work for Credit Unions

With the right marketing strategy, credit unions can be very successful on Instagram. According to Hubspot, “in a world where visual content remains a crucial part of any business’ marketing strategy, Instagram marketing presents a unique opportunity to visually represent your brand, celebrate its personality, and keep it top-of-mind for all those users who scroll through their Instagram feeds every single day.”



Consumers Love Tech in the Brick-and-Mortar Retail Experience

A new Bouncepad survey reveals U.S. consumers love stores that offer technology and they want more tech options in the shopping experience. The study results cite that three out of four want more tech and say they are more likely to visit a retailer if desired tech was available. More than three quarters (78 percent) want retailers to do a better job of using technology to boost their experience. The research also notes that nearly two out of three consumers prefer self-serve compared to waiting on a line or having to track down an associate for help or a purchase. The survey states that two out of three (66 percent of consumers) have used self-service tables and kiosks in the retail environment.



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Online Banking/E-Commerce/Website Design


4 Tips for Accepting Loan Payments Online

According to the 2016 Annual Billing Household Survey, individuals use an average of 3.6 different payment methods each month for their bills. Mobile payment use increased significantly, with 33 percent of online households reporting to have paid a monthly bill through their mobile phone, a 22 percent increase compared to last year.



Visa Ready Program for Business Solutions Launches to Accelerate Business-to-Business Payments

Visa announced Visa Ready Program for Business Solutions, a strategic framework to help companies that integrate with Visa’s business-to-business (B2B) payment services and data solutions ensure that they meet Visa’s standards and are market ready. Bora Payment Systems, Bottomline Technologies, CSI globalVCard, MineralTree and Priority Commercial Payments are the first partners to obtain Visa Ready for Business Solutions approval, and to bring to market innovative Visa payments to financial institutions’ commercial customers.



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Internet Access


Aryaka Brings Benefits of Software Defined to Remote and Mobile Workers

Aryaka just announced SmartACCESS, a clientless SD-WAN product designed specifically for remote workers. Aryaka’s SmartACCESS SD-WAN product helps improve application performance for remote and mobile workers, providing a global private network, WAN optimization and dynamic IP app acceleration.


CenturyLink Addresses SD-WAN, Wi-Fi Monitoring with Cisco-Based Managed Enterprise Service

CenturyLink has launched its Managed Enterprise with Cisco Meraki, giving customers greater visibility into their SD-WAN and other wireline and wireless-related services. By leveraging Cisco Meraki products, CenturyLink said this managed solution enables single- or multisite customers to use CenturyLink to provide all components, including devices, licenses, connectivity, management and support.



When SD-WAN Is More than SD-WAN

Open Systems created a security-networking bundled services that places an x86 appliance, its Mission Control platform, on the customer premises. Open Systems provides an integrated bundle for other best-of-breed software packages. All totaled the company claims Mission Control’s capabilities span six areas: network security, application delivery, identity management, integrated service management and global connectivity.



Farsight Security and Infoblox Provide Zero-Hour Protection Against Cyberattacks Due to New Domains

Farsight Security and Infoblox announced a reseller partnership that will integrate Farsight’s Newly Observed Domains solution with the Infoblox ActiveTrust platform to help significantly reduce the risk of cyberattacks associated with new domains.



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Call Centers


5 Ways Texting Helps Contact Centers

According to Deloitte, 92% of organizations that view customer experience as a differentiator offer multiple contact channels. Although calling will always be one way consumers prefer to get issues resolved, things like IVR mazes and long wait times bog this option down. Email often takes time. Web chat can work, but today’s consumers spend more time on their mobile phones. Combining texting with calling can help you deliver high touch service.