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Cyber-Risks 2015 – A Board Primer

Cyber-risk is a witch’s brew of reputational, operational, legal and financial dangers. This toxic combination exposes a financial institution to a potentially existential hazard when an intrusion occurs. The only way to...more

Unauthorized Transfers Present Growing Risks for Commercial Accounts

Could your institution be at risk of liability for unauthorized wire transfers and Automated Clearing House (“ACH”) credit transfers? Data security breaches continue to garner headlines, and criminals continue to engage in...more

The Next Examination Enforcement Wave— Cybersecurity Assessments?

Why it matters - The member banking agencies of the Office of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) will soon promulgate a “Cybersecurity Assessment Tool” for use by community banks after a pilot...more

OCC Comptroller Curry Delivers Remarks on Easing Regulatory Burdens on Small Banks

On May 4, OCC Comptroller Thomas J. Curry delivered remarks at the third outreach meeting held under the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act (EGRPRA) in Boston. Acknowledging that smaller banks lack...more

We’re From the Government and We’re Here to Ease Your Regulatory Burden

Why it matters - The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is trying to make life easier for community banks, Comptroller Thomas J. Curry recently explained in a speech, working on legislation that would...more

FFIEC’s Seven Cybersecurity Priorities for 2015

While others were waiting for spring to arrive, community bank officers and directors were waiting for the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) to provide additional guidance on its cybersecurity...more

Sharing is Caring: The OCC Testifies Before the Senate Banking Committee

On December 10, 2014, Valerie Abend, Senior Critical Infrastructure Officer for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on the...more

Banking & Financial Services E - Note - May 2014

In This Issue: - Fed Regulator Calls for End of Banks' Self-Grading of Risk - Regulator Won't Act on Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - Community Bankers Support Tiered Banking Regulatory System -...more

Social Media Compliance Issues for Community Banks

Andy Campbell presented “Social Media Compliance Issues for Community Banks,” a look at the benefits and risks for banks cultivating a social media presence. Andy’s presentation included discussion of: - regulatory...more

Financial Services Law -- Jan 17, 2014

Community Banks and the Volcker Rule: What’s Next? - For now, banks that have investments in CDO securities that are issued by funds that are invested in trust preferred securities (TruPS CDOs) have dodged a bullet. On...more

FDIC Finalizes Online Regulatory Calendar For Community Banks

On December 10, the FDIC issued Financial Institution Letter FIL-51-2012 to launch the final version of an online calendar to help community banks monitor changes in federal banking rules. The final calendar incorporates...more

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