ABA Banking Journal - December 2013 - (Page 36)
AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION
At Your Service
Get amped in sharing Your Bank's story
Have you and your colleagues at your bank registered to use the many resources of
Amplify, the new platform launched by ABA to help bankers better communicate about
the positive work they do in their communities?
Amplify is open to all bankers, not just ABA members, at amplifybankers.com. The
program, announced at ABA's Annual Convention in New Orleans, La., helps banks
promote the work they do to better their communities. Amplify enables bankers to get
the word out, with resources that include positive messages; sample speeches and
letters; instructions for hosting a bank visit for community leaders; media interview tips;
and more. By signing up, you'll also be part of the Get Amped! Challenge that is under
way to get 5,000 bankers registered on Amplify. n
ABABJ: What are some of the trends in
Doug Johnson: Cyber attacks are here
to stay. Mobile banking is growing, and
there is an increasing blending of platforms and functionality. That means
more avenues for potential denial-ofservice attacks. Looking ahead, we
don't want these attacks to serve as diversions for other, more serious attacks
that could compromise customer data.
We learned from a recent survey of
ABA's Community Bankers Council that
more than one-third of council members had experienced direct or indirect
denial-of-service attacks. The bankers
also said that core processors play a
major role in managing cybersecurity,
which means strong risk management
of that third-party relationship is crucial.
ABABJ: What steps is ABA taking to
help banks with cybersecurity?
DJ: We provide a number of resources
on our web page at aba.com/cybersecurity, along with bulletins and updates on
current threats. We've also scheduled
five webcasts on cybersecurity in the
coming year. We are also looking at providing additional products and services
to help member banks through ABA
Questions? Send an email to Doug at
ABA BANKING JOURNAL
Wisconsin Banker Wins Bruning award
Sam Miller, managing director and head of agriculture at BMO Harris Bank, Chicago,
Ill., received the annual Bruning Award for lifetime achievement in agricultural banking
at the ABA National Agricultural Bankers Conference in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Appleton, Wis.-based Miller has been an ag banker for three decades. At BMO
Harris, a top 10 U.S. ag bank, he oversees the bank's U.S. agriculture portfolio. Miller
has served on ABA's Agricultural and Rural Bankers Committee, the Wisconsin Dairy
2020 Council, and the board of the Dairy Business Innovation Center. He also has
taught ag banking at several educational venues.
"Agricultural banking combines the best of art and science," Miller says. "Recognizing and understanding the cycles of agriculture and helping farmers navigate through
the good times and more challenging periods, remain fundamental to the business." n
Consumer Confidence Falling
Source: University of Michigan
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