The Year in Review – Cybersecurity in the Year of the Pandemic

2020 was a year like no other in recent memory. For years, regulators have required that annual Risk Assessments include rating the risk of pandemics… now we know why. Banks, like all businesses were largely caught by surprise with minimal plans in place when the shutdown happened.

Social Distancing for Your Network

For years, examiners have pressed banks to incorporate pandemics in their GLBA risk assessment and provide appropriate planning to address a possible pandemic. Until this year, that risk seemed remote. It was difficult to imagine just how strongly a pandemic could affect not only the bank, but the entire community, region, nation, and world.

Does your bank have a Remote Work Plan?

All banks are required to assess the risk of a pandemic to their business and have a plan to address providing continued service during such an event.  Does your plan include a contingency to allow some employees to work from home? Remote working is becoming easier than ever and is a smart way to prevent the spread of illnesses.

Understanding IT Governance

 

By Mike Gilmore, RESULTS Chief Compliance Officer

 

Community Banks carry an on-going burden of compliance for information technology (IT). Examiners expect the bank to undergo annual IT audits, penetration tests, policy reviews, and complete comprehensive technology plans, risk assessments and cybersecurity self-assessments all while trying to do the real work of banking in the community.