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November 20, 2017

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General News


Better Branches Technology Releases Latest Version of Better Lobby

Better Branches Technology announced the Version 6.6 release of their Credit Union industry-leading Better Lobby visitor management system. New additions included in the latest version further enhance the connections between the branch and the digital channel. Version 6.6 adds the following new features: 1) Enhanced member email and text notifications; 2) Employee notification of appointments; 3) In-branch and out-of-branch meetings; and 4) the Visitor Queue has been enhanced.



PSCU Releases QuickAssist

PSCU released QuickAssist for debit, with the aim of enabling better service and front line efficiency for both credit and debit. PSCU’s QuickAssist is a web-based solution that helps front line credit union staff more rapidly and efficiently resolve member requests for service on accounts that reside on PSCU-hosted systems.



County Schools FCU Converts to CU*NorthWest

Liberty Lake-based core data processor, CU*NorthWest, announced that County Schools FCU of Ventura, CA, successfully converted to the CU*BASE data processing system. The credit union represents 7,400 members and $53.7 million in assets.






Hardware News


Dell EMC Looks to Speed Machine and Deep Learning Adoption with New Product Bundles

Dell EMC unveiled its new Machine and Deep Learning Ready Bundles that aim to accelerate the adoption of machine learning and deep learning in the enterprise. The bundles will include servers, storage, networking tools, and services to help with the process. Dell EMC believes that the new bundles will enable customers to gain deeper insights from their data, recognizing important patterns for human behavior and business trends, plus they will help lower the cost of moving data into hybrid cloud environments.



REVIEW: How Rack Servers from HPE, Dell and IBM Stack Up

Rack servers are data center workhorses – efficient, flexible and expandable. A rack lets IT pros fit many servers into a relatively small footprint, and built-in cable-management components allow for expansion while keeping the installation tidy. Based on these users’ experiences, the most important criteria to consider when choosing a rack server include simple cable component connectivity, server density and specialized cooling systems.



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Software Updates


10 Ways FIs Are Using Virtual Reality

The banking world is not fun. It's complicated and boring, built on numbers and math — topics that typically turn off most consumers. But does virtual reality have the potential to bring some excitement, energy and entertainment to this otherwise sleepy industry?



Microsoft Looks to Secure Clouds with Project Cerberus

Microsoft is looking to make cloud infrastructure safer at the hardware level with a new offering called “Project Cerberus,” which is the company’s latest contribution to the Open Compute Project (OCP). With Cerberus, Microsoft is looking to protect the firmware of servers that help create the backbone of any cloud infrastructure.



High-Tech Bridge Unveils Free Application Discovery and Inventory Service

High-Tech Bridge announced the public launch of ImmuniWeb Discovery. The free service is a part of the ImmuniWeb Application Security Testing (AST) Platform. ImmuniWeb Discovery aims to enable organizations to maintain a comprehensive inventory and classification of their external web and mobile applications, as well as their APIs. The complimentary service helps provide continuous and non-intrusive application discovery, leveraging reconnaissance and OSINT information gathering techniques.



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Managing ATM Networks in the Age of Disruption

The ATM has celebrated its 50th birthday in good shape. It is still very much the workhorse of the industry and the trend in the overall number of ATMs is expected to maintain its upwards trajectory, reaching 4 million globally by 2021, according to RBR.



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CU Success Stories  


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Wireless World


Kony Wants to Help Smaller FIs Provide 'Differentiated' Mobile Banking

Just having a mobile app is no longer a differentiating factor for consumers when it comes to picking a FI, but that doesn’t mean consumers aren’t searching for a unique mobile banking experience. However, for those regional FIs without the assets of mega-banks, providing a tailored mobile experience with unique features can be tricky, not to mention costly. Kony’s Digital Banking Marketplace helps FIs to quickly integrate different capabilities into their mobile apps, seeking to provide the necessary customization without the usual cost, the company says.



Tap to Activate Your Debit Card

British FI Monzo is using NFC (near field communication) to activate their Monzo debit card just by tapping it on a mobile phone. They read the NFC tag and check whether it has the expected data about the card, and from there they extract the PAN number i.e. the long number on the front of your card. The PAN number is then sent to Monzo's backend servers, and used to activate the card. 



CUs Reckoning with Advent of Apple Pay Cash

Apple’s forthcoming Apple Pay Cash will likely become the next in a long line of P2P offerings that are forcing credit unions to think about the future of their noninterest income, industry experts say. Apple Pay Cash allows users to send and receive money in Apple Messages. They can use money with Apple Pay Cash in stores, on the Web or in apps. The feature also works with Siri, and member can use cards already in their Apple wallets, according to the company. There is no fee to use Apple Pay Cash with a debit card, but there is a 3% fee to send money using a credit card.



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Security Section


Sharp Rise in Fileless Attacks Evading Endpoint Security

A new Ponemon Institute survey of 665 IT and security leaders finds that over-reliance on traditional endpoint security is leaving organizations exposed to significant risk. 54 percent of respondents said their company experienced a successful attack. Of those respondents, 77 percent were victim to fileless attack or exploit.



NeuVector Launches New Version of Container Firewall Security Solution

NeuVector announced the immediate availability of NeuVector 1.3, the most significant release of the container firewall security solution since its initial launch. Adapting to evolving container security needs, NeuVector 1.3 features a wealth of key security, integration, and UI additions. NeuVector is also releasing a new Enterprise version of the solution, which features capabilities specifically designed for large-scale deployments.



Deception Technology: Prevention Reimagined

The article discusses how state-of-the-art tools make it practical and cost-effective to identify and engage attackers in early lateral movement stages to prevent them from reaching critical systems and data.



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Leaders Roundtable

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Technology and Marketing


What Blockchain Could Mean for the Future of Marketing

Most brands right now are in a good place to research, plan, and keep an eye out for potentially useful early blockchain adoptions. While blockchain appears to be the most popular tech advancement for the moment, how broader consumer audiences will respond to the idea is still untested. Understanding your audience’s attitudes and keeping up with blockchain advancements as they come will be crucial for identifying the best moment to jump into this new space.



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Online Banking/E-Commerce/Website Design


The Clearing House’s Real-Time Payments System Goes Live

The Clearing House’s much-anticipated real-time payments system, dubbed RTP, just went live, ushering in a new era of faster electronic payments in the United States. RTP is the “first new core payments infrastructure in the U.S. in more than 40 years,” according to The Clearing House. TCH’s system, which enables participants to send detailed messages along with payments that can clear within seconds, tied for the highest marks in the Federal Reserve’s recent Faster Payments initiative in which outside reviewers assessed 16 proposals to speed up U.S. electronic payments.



American Express Adds B2B Blockchain Payments for Faster Transfers, Added Security

American Express launched instant blockchain payments for US business users sending money to select UK businesses, the company announced. The company's FX International Payments service is working with blockchain solution provider Ripple. By using blockchain, the payments are instant, trackable, and don't require a credit card.



Microsoft Wallet Is Now Microsoft Pay: New App Appears in Store | on MSFT

Microsoft Wallet has changed its name to Microsoft Pay. Microsoft Pay is available to use at any online store that supports the “Payment Request API” in Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Pay already has some stiff competition on iOS and Android; with Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.



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Internet Access


AT&T Sharpens SD-WAN and FlexWare Focus

As AT&T virtualizes more of its network, the service provider is keen on enabling its business customers to take advantage of the cost savings benefits of SD-WAN and FlexWare, two key elements of its intelligent network edge vision. While the company has not been very public about its SD-WAN plans outside of an announcement last year that VeloCloud was one of its vendor partners, the service provider has already conducted 100,000 deployments.



Verizon Accelerates Copper-to-Fiber Transition, Sets New Network Resiliency Practices

Following 2012's Hurricane Sandy, Verizon has put together a new set of flood barrier and network transformation methods that are designed to achieve two goals: keep its wireline network operational and hasten its ongoing copper-to-fiber migration. Verizon has continued to harden its network environment by taking various steps: moving generators to higher floors and encasing fuel pumps in submarine enclosures.



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Call Centers


5 Steps to Take Before Implementing a Wellness Program in Your Contact Center

Simply taking time out of your day to even consider implementing a wellness program in your contact center is impressive. This article will help motivate you by covering some preliminary steps to take before implementing a Wellness Program in your contact center.