Above: Security expert J.R. Cunningham addresses the three critical elements of a cybersecurity framework.
In the wake of several recent high-profile data breaches and damaging attacks on information technology systems, a group of information technology (IT) professionals has taken on the daunting task of fighting back the way credit unions do it best: through idea-sharing and collaboration.
At the CUNA Technology Council’s Second Annual Security Summit, held Sunday before the CUNA Technology/Operations, Sales, and Service (Tech/OpSS) Council Conference in Orlando, participants spent a full day diving into the intricacies of today’s cybersecurity challenges.
From analyzing the anatomy of a cyberattack to a staged data breach scenario exercise, and concluding with an expert-led discussion of the necessary elements of a modern cybersecurity framework, the summit provided an extended opportunity for credit union information security professionals to share ideas and collaborate.
“Cybersecurity is an important topic,” says Lance Potter, senior vice president of information systems at $434 million asset Vermont Federal Credit Union in Burlington. “This summit helped me understand the challenges that other credit unions are having.”
The first Security Summit was held almost a year ago at $5.6 billion asset American Airlines Federal Credit Union in Dallas.
“We wanted to create an event that provides information that you can’t get from a slide deck or webinar,” says Ron Dinwiddie, chief information officer at $904 million asset Texas Trust Credit Union in Mansfield. “None of us is the expert on all of these topics, but we are in the trenches, and collaboratively we have a lot of knowledge.”
The Security Summit featured OPTIV Security’s J.R. Cunningham, who presented on the anatomy of a cyberattack, and then led the group through a discussion of the three critical elements of a cybersecurity framework:
“These are not just so-called ‘IT issues,’” says Potter. “They are issues that impact all organizations.”
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