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April 25, 2022

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General News


DeepTarget Enhances Digital Experience Platform

DeepTarget announced new features with enhanced benefits in their Spring 2022 release of Digital Experience Platform (DXP). These enhancements include improved multi-media effects in 3D StoryTeller and the ability to export targeted audiences for usage in new or separate communications channels.



Personetics Offers “Proactive Cash Flow Management”

Personetics announced what they are calling the world’s first suite of “Proactive Cash Flow Management” capabilities to help CUs face the growing competitive, regulatory and consumer requirements to combat overdrafts. They say that their solution can accurately predict when an overdraft might occur, and proactively offer treatment options that address member-specific needs.





Hardware News


Best Windows Laptop for 2022

The author's pick for the best Windows laptop is the Dell XPS 15. Dell's 2020 XPS 15, which features a redesigned chassis, "sets a new high bar for 15.6-inch laptops," according to ZDNet's review. The 2021 (9510) model offers a sturdy build quality, adding 11th-generation Intel Core processors, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics, and an OLED display option.



Logitech’s Lift Vertical Mouse Helps Control RSI

OHSA claims Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) strikes hundreds of thousands of workers each year— one in every 50 workers have developed a long-term condition. Logitech's Lift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse is a wireless mouse designed for all-day use. It is the latest addition to the company’s Ergo Series of mice and keyboards, which have been ergonomically designed to improve posture and help relieve RSI discomfort.



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Software Updates


Vicarius Releases Complimentary Nmap Scanning Tool

Nmap is a popular and versatile tool for port scanning, network discovery, and security auditing, but its scan results can be complex to interpret. Vulnerability remediation platform maker Vicarius wants to change that. It recently began offering a free tool—Nmap Scan Analysis—that security professionals, IT administrators and pentesters can use to get a comprehensive visualization of Nmap scan data.



How SASE Uses AI

Secure access service edge, or SASE, combines networking and security into a cloud-based service, and it’s growing fast. The five core components of the SASE stack are: 1) SD-WAN, 2) firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS), 3) secure web gateway (SWG), 4) cloud access security broker (CASB), and 5) zero trust network access (ZTNA). There’s also a sixth key technology that’s increasingly playing a big role in every aspect of SASE, and that’s artificial intelligence. This article covers how AI is increasingly integrated into SASE.



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Hyosung Partners with Advanced Fraud Solutions to Strengthen ATM Deposit Fraud Protections

Advanced Fraud Solutions announced that it has been picked by Hyosung to strengthen its U.S.-based ATMs and kiosks against deposit fraud. Hyosung will integrate TrueChecks – a leading check fraud database – into its software platform across its suite of financial automation hardware.



Multi-FI Transaction Terminals

Newcastle Building Society is responding to the rising tide of branch closures by installing technology that will enable personal and business accountholders of all major UK FIs to withdraw cash and deposit notes and coins through the Society’s branch network. They plan to install multi-FI transaction terminals enabled with Glory cash handling technology and OneBanks Hub software platform which will allow users to access their account whichever FI it is provided by.



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CU Success Stories  


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Wireless World


10 Most Powerful Wi-Fi Vendors

IDC says that growth in the Enterprise Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) market is being driven by the introduction of 802.11ax or Wi-Fi 6 which delivers faster speeds and increased reliability over Wi-Fi 5. Wi-Fi 6 currently makes up more than 60% of current WLAN sales. This article focuses on the top 10 companies that are adding intelligence to their Wi-Fi systems, provide cloud-based management, offer smooth integration with IoT devices, and have a solid roadmap for migrating customers to future generations of Wi-Fi technology.



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Security Section


Financial Leaders Grappling with More Aggressive and Sophisticated Attack Methods

VMware released a report which takes the pulse of the financial industry’s top CISOs and security leaders on the changing behavior of cybercriminal cartels and the defensive shift of the financial sector. The report found that FIs are facing increased destructive attacks and falling victim to ransomware more than in years’ past, as sophisticated cybercrime cartels evolve beyond wire transfer fraud to now target market strategies, take over brokerage accounts and island hop into FIs. In the Modern Bank Heists report, 63% of FIs admitted experiencing an increase in destructive attacks, with cybercriminals leveraging this method as a means to burn evidence as part of a counter incident response. Additionally, 74% experienced at least one ransomware attack over the past year, with 63% paying the ransom.



Prevailion ARKTOS Allows Network Testing Against Real World Malware Threats

Prevailion launched ARKTOS, a malware replication platform that they say allows organizations to safely test their network security readiness against the world’s most challenging early-stage malware. The solution uses “Malware Replication Profiles” (MRPs) which are nearly identical to the APT and commodity malware found in the wild (although without the risk of real malicious activity). This allows organizations to go beyond the limitations of security program audits and vulnerability scans to actually test how well their cybersecurity defenses might hold up against early-stage attacks.



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Technology and Marketing


VidTags Makes Video Marketing Easier

VidTags is an artificial intelligence-enhanced interactive video and audio hosting platform that makes it easier to work with marketing A/V content. VidTags lets you connect and import videos from YouTube, Zoom, Facebook, Vimeo, Dropbox or your computer directly into your dashboard to get a streamlined interface of all your video content.



4 Key Changes Happening in FI Marketing in 2022

This article states that there are at least 4 big shifts happening in the marketing world that are making 2022 a year for strategic adaptation. Smaller FIs are being impacted by these changes more than the mega-banks, but even the largest are feeling these 4 effects: 1. Say Goodbye To Third-Party Cookie Tracking; 2. Closely Follow Social Media Changes; 3. Shortform Video Is a Big Opportunity for Online Content; and 4. 1-To-1 Engagement Is Crucial.



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Digital Banking Industry Leaders Forum

Thought Leadership From Around the Industry by Credit Union tech-talk and Finopotamus:

Benchmarking Your Digital Banking Strategy

Humanizing Digital: Increasing Account Holder Loyalty and Exceeding CU Goals with Smart, Flexible Solutions


Digital Transformation: A Credit Union Imperative

The Digital Banking Market Is Heating Up

Three Present-Day Goals to Revolutionize Your FI’s Marketing

eSignatures Are Now a Top Priority Across the Nation

Fight Fraud by Better Understanding Your Financial Data

It’s Always About the People: 5 Rules for Digital Banking and Beyond


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Online Banking/E-Commerce/Website Design


Apple's Financial Services Plans

Bloomberg recently reported Apple is working on a plan dubbed “Breakout” aimed at bringing financial services in-house. The report states the tech giant is building a payment processing technology and infrastructure as part of an effort to decrease its dependence on outside partners. The strategy is aimed at future financial products instead of existing ones. Apple already offers an Apple Card in connection with Goldman Sachs. It also runs Apple Pay in around 70 countries and a peer-to-peer payment service. Apple Card and the company's peer-to-peer payment features are currently only accessible in the U.S.



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Internet Access


The Secure Service Edge Based on Software and the Cloud Will Win the Day as SD-WANs Fade

The author predicts that Secure Service Edge (SSE) that takes technologies like remote access gateway, secure web gateway, cloud service access broker, and zero-trust network will be the best worker connectivity model going forward. He says that SD-WAN will simply act as an on-ramp to the SSE service platform. It will not function as the primary means for connecting to an organization going forward - it will just be one of the abstracted paths the SSE-delivered service will travel on top of to deliver your applications fast and securely to your staff wherever they may be located.



Cybercriminals Are Finding New Ways to Target Cloud Environments

Attackers are adopting more advanced and sophisticated methods to target sensitive and vulnerable cloud native environments. Cryptominers are some of the most common type of malware being discovered, but scammers are also increasingly turning to backdoors, rootkits and credential stealers.




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Call Centers


Pindrop Report Finds Fraudsters Passed Knowledge Based Authentication Questions 92% of the Time

Pindrop released its annual Voice Intelligence & Security Report uncovering how organizations might be accidentally inviting fraud, threat mongers from the dark web and bad actors better prepared to pass authentication. Data dealers are growing more sophisticated, offering more service, more details, and more organized information. Because of this, 2021 was a record breaking year for data breaches. In fact, Pindrop found that bad actors actually had better performance than genuine customers at answering “security questions.” In fact, 92% of fraudsters passed knowledge based authentication (KBA) questions based on a national contact center case study, while genuine customers only passed KBA’s forty-six percent of the time.