ALPHARETTA, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--During a technology-focused conference hosted by The Missouri Bankers Association, DefenseStorm cybersecurity expert Alex Hernandez will offer attendees insights on the current state of the cyber threat landscape with respect to banking, as well as considerations for cloud computing in banking, in two separate sessions.
The conference begins at noon CST on Wednesday, February 28 and concludes at 12:30 p.m. CST on Friday, March 2 at The Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri. Hernandez’s first session, “Cloud Computing – Is it Safe for Your Institution and Customers?,” is at 3:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, February 28. Taking a specific look at cloud computing against the backdrop of banking cybersecurity concerns, the session explores how bank IT teams can assess scalability, reliability, price, innovation and security, as well as consider decisions against cybersecurity best practices as defined by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) and embodied in the FFIEC Cybersecurity Assessment Tool (CAT).
The FFIEC CAT provides a repeatable and measurable process for institutions to gauge their cybersecurity preparedness over time. It incorporates cybersecurity-related principles from the “FFIEC Information Technology (IT) Examination Handbook” and regulatory guidance used by federal agencies that audit banks and credit unions, along with concepts from other industry standards, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework. Forward-thinking banks and credit unions are adopting the tool to be at the forefront of combining cybersecurity and compliance practices.
In a different session at 11:00 a.m. CST Thursday, March 1, Hernandez will speak to the “State of the Cyber Threat Landscape.” The session will identify current IT threats, issues and trends that financial institutions face today, and offer insights on how to stay steps ahead of bad actors. By looking into the mind of a cybercriminal conducting a fictitious attack, attendees will learn the anatomy of a targeted Advanced Persistent Threat (APT), and will explore methods of reconnaissance, social engineering techniques, detection avoidance methods and common command and control communications.
In addition to formal sessions, the conference features opportunities for bankers to network and share ideas, solution demonstrations, and exhibit booths hosted on February 28 and March 1. Hernandez will be available at the DefenseStorm booth to meet with bankers regarding their specific cybersecurity and cybercompliance questions, as well as throughout the conference. Reserved times can be arranged by contacting Jon Morris at Jon.Morris@DefenseStorm.com or at 252-916-9181. Registration for the Missouri Bankers Association Technology Conference is available online now, as well as on-site beginning Wednesday, February 28.
DefenseStorm provides cybersecurity and cybercompliance solutions specifically built for banking. The company delivers the only co-managed, cloud-based and compliance-automated solution of its kind – as both a technology system and as a service supported by experts in financial institution security and compliance. The DefenseStorm GRID watches everything on a financial institution’s network and matches it to defined policies for real time, complete and proactive cyber exposure readiness, keeping security teams smart and executives accountable to their customers, communities, regulators and Boards. The system aggregates event data across all cybersecurity tools and links policies to real time alerts so that financial institutions can prove to regulators they are both secure and compliant with evolving FFIEC cybersecurity requirements as well as with other regulations and their own policies. For more information please visit www.DefenseStorm.com.