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New Guidance From FFIEC on Mobile Financial Services

Examiners will be paying more attention to mobile financial services (MFS) using new guidance recently issued by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)....more

Someone Needs to Take the Lead on Data Security for Financial Services Industry

Cybersecurity and data protection – or more specifically, the lack of it – in the financial services industry present risks for both an institution's consumers and the institution's safety and soundness. The presence of both...more

New Mobile Financial Services Appendix

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council recently issued a new appendix on “Mobile Financial Services” to the Retail Payment Systems booklet of the FFIEC Information Technology Handbook. The appendix...more

FFIEC Updates IT Examination Handbook

On April 29, the FFIEC updated its IT Examination Handbook, revising its Retail Payment Systems booklet to include an Appendix E, Mobile Financial Services. The Retail Payment Systems booklet consists of guidance intended to...more

Mobile Financial Services Addressed in FFIEC Examination Handbook

The federal body tasked with creating standards for the uniform regulation of financial institutions has released new information to assist examiners in evaluating mobile services offered by financial institutions and their...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 9

We generally avoid commenting on politics in these pages as it is usually beyond the scope and purpose of this publication. Increasingly, however, we are being asked for our thoughts about how the upcoming general election...more

FFIEC proposes new rating system

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), whose members include the CFPB, is proposing a new uniform interagency consumer compliance rating system to reflect changes in consumer compliance supervision...more

Banking By Phone Requires More Demanding Responsibilities for Bank Management and the Board of Directors

Competition and technology are demanding that banks provide more convenient payment choices for consumers. Consequently, banks are offering mobile financial services (MFS) that can be accessed through mobile devices such as...more

How Many Times Do We Have to Tell You Not to Open the Cat Video

Everyone has been in a movie theater when one of the actors approaches that door to the basement behind which strange noises are coming. They reach out to turn the knob and in unison the audience is thinking “Fool, haven’t...more

Valuable Information Security Lessons from the Olympus Mortgage vs. Guaranteed Rate Case

Late last month a jury awarded Mount Olympus Mortgage Company (MOMC) more than $25 million for their claims against Guaranteed Rate (Guaranteed), which alleged Guaranteed along with other former employees of MOMC illegally...more

Top 10 Financial Institution Considerations for 2016: #3 – Cybersecurity

In our initial article announcing our top 10 considerations for financial institutions in 2016, our third consideration was cybersecurity. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing financial instructions in the near future...more

Cybersecurity: What You Must Know and What You Must Do

On February 1, 2016, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) published the Winter 2015 issue of Supervisory Insights. Not surprisingly, the first article dealt with the most important issue facing the financial...more

CFPB Publishes HMDA File Specifications for Data Collected in 2017 and 2018

On February 18, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) published new “File Specifications” for data to be collected pursuant to the Home Mortgage...more

FDIC & Cyber: Words of Warning to Financial Institutions and their Boards

Financial institutions sit atop a wealth of personal information – not to mention money. In an interconnected world in which sensitive customer information is stored on servers and in the cloud – and online and mobile...more

FDIC "Framework for Cybersecurity" Highlights How Financial Institution Information Security Programs Can Better Respond to...

In February, 2016, the Division of Risk Management Supervision of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) published “A Framework for Cybersecurity.” The article provides a good “sanity check” for financial...more

Cybersecurity: 2015’s top legal developments and what they mean for key sectors

At the US federal level, 2015 ushered in significant new laws, regulations, and guidance on cybersecurity as lawmakers, regulators, and businesses continued their efforts to combat cybercrime - one of the most significant...more

Privacy & Data Security Advisory: The Importance of Strategic Vendors in Breach Response

Cybercrime and data security incidents are on the rise. Publicized cyber incidents have become so prevalent that it would be difficult to find someone who has not received at least one breach notification letter in the mail....more

OCC’s Cybersecurity Regulatory Expectations: A Call to Action

Not surprisingly, cybersecurity remains a top examination priority for the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”). And that means national banks and federal savings associations – and their leadership teams – should be prepared...more

New York State Department of Financial Services Superintendent's Regulations Impose Strict Senior Officer Certification...

The last four years has seen a trend of increased law enforcement and regulatory investigations into financial institutions for sanctions violations and anti-money laundering, or Bank Secrecy Act ("BSA"), compliance. The New...more

Moody’s Identifies Cyber Risk As Key Factor in Credit Ratings

In a report released November 23, Moody’s Investors Service announced that the implications of cyber threats could start taking a higher priority in its credit analysis. Moody’s said it views cyber threats as similar to other...more

Nutter Bank Report, November 2015

The Nutter Bank Report is a monthly publication of the firm's Banking and Financial Services Group. Headlines - 1. DOB Revises Guidance on Branch and Main Office Notices and Applications - 2. FDIC Updates...more

NY DFS Proposes New Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Institutions

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has distributed a letter to various federal and state regulatory agencies and associations proposing the development of new cybersecurity regulations for financial...more

New Bank Examination Procedures for Cybersecurity

There is no more pressing problem facing business organizations today, of all types, than cybersecurity threats. For a highly regulated industry like banking, regulators are watching closely to see how the IT governance...more

FFIEC Releases Revised Management Booklet with Emphasis on Sound IT Governance

On November 10, the FFIEC issued a revised Management booklet, which outlines the principles of overall sound governance and, more specifically, IT governance. The booklet is one of 11 that makes up the FFIEC’s Information...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments - MSRB Publishes Compliance Advisory for Municipal Advisors: On Nov. 12 the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) published its first municipal advisor compliance advisory, developed...more

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