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Institutes tackle security facilities fraud technology

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MADISON, Wis. (8/8/08)--How can credit union staff know if they're taking the right actions to protect their members' information? One way is to attend two new CUNA Security Certification Institutes, presented Sept. 21-26 in Seattle by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Attendees can expand their knowledge and skills and earn the new Security & Fraud Expert Certification or the Security Technology Expert Certification. The institutes will provide optional testing for attendees pursuing their certification. CUNA Security Certification Institute: Facilities and Fraud is for staff responsible for the facility security and fraud issues within the credit union. It will feature two speakers:
* Dwight Greene, who has trained, educated and written about security procedures for more than 15 years. A former hotel security specialist, bank security procedures analyst and credit union security consultant, he serves as a security consultant to local credit unions in his area. * Jim Rechel, president of risk consulting firm The Rechel Group Inc. Rechel, a certified financial security officer. Rechel is on the board of The Institute for Criminal Justice Education and a former vice president for Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, where he held positions in retail and lending, and as security director. He was a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for three years.
CUNA Security Certification Institute: Technology is designed for staff responsible for developing and implementing security procedures and practices that guard the credit union from intrusions and threats. It will feature two experts:
* Jim Stickley, chief technology officer and vice president of engineering for TraceSecurity, a CUNA Strategic Service provider. He has uncovered numerous security vulnerabilities in firewalls, PKI servers and online banking applications. He has worked as a consultant for numerous financial institutions, Fortune 100 corporations, legal firms and insurance companies. His fraud prevention strategies have been featured in Fortune Magazine, Business Week, NBC's "Nightly News" and "The Today Show." * Kevin Prince, chief security officer for Perimeter eSecurity, another CUNA Strategic Service provider, has helped hundreds of financial institutions understand the threats to Internet security. He leads training on firewall security, remote access, virtual private networks, and intrusion detection and prevention systems. He previously was CEO of Red Cliff Solutions, which provided managed security services to credit unions and was acquired by Perimeter eSecurity in 2006.
Attendees also can attend CUNA Security and Fraud Institute: Introduction, which will be held Sept. 21-26 in Seattle. For more information, use the resource links.

Connecticut league trains CUs on vendor management software

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MERIDEN, Conn. (8/8/08)--The Credit Union League of Connecticut has trained more than 50 affiliated credit unions on its comprehensive vendor management software solution. The free software was developed by Buckley Technology Group (BTG), the league’s strategic business partner for information-technology compliance and vendor management-related products. Kris Buckley of BTG provided the training. The software program is part of the league’s new strategic plan, which also includes a guide on identity theft, a full-time compliance and regulatory “answer person,” monthly compliance newsletters and regulatory updates for credit unions.