Idrees Rafiq’s history with credit unions runs deep.
“My parents got me a credit union account when I was three years old,” Rafiq says. “My dad worked in a steel mill for most of my life. He had to establish credit, but credit unions never turned him away.”
That belief in credit union philosophy is never far from Rafiq’s mind.
Today, he leads the information technology (IT) consulting division as assistant vice president of Credit Union Resources, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cornerstone Credit Union League.
There, Rafiq developed a secure document delivery portal called CU Driver, which allows partner credit unions to access critical documents quickly and safely.
“This system has helped ensure Credit Union Resources supports credit unions’ business needs more efficiently and effectively,” says Jon Gorman, senior vice president of communications and outreach at the Cornerstone Credit Union League.
Rafiq serves on the CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee and as league liaison for the Cornerstone Technology Council.
He’s also on the executive leadership board of the National Credit Union Information Sharing & Analysis Organization (NCU-ISAO), a nonprofit dedicated to “strengthening credit union cyber resilience through intelligence, operational guidance, and education.”
Credit unions don’t have a history of sharing cybersecurity intelligence with each other, Rafiq says. Using his raised platform at the NCU-ISAO, he’s trying to change that.
“From a national level, it’s a vulnerability that we’re not sharing this information,” Rafiq says. “To that end, I work with NCUA on several levels to ensure that credit unions’ needs are being met in a cost-effective way.”
Rafiq often advocates for the needs of small credit unions, which don’t always have the resources to address IT and cybersecurity concerns.
He believes this is one reason he was chosen to serve on the NCU-ISAO board.
A passionate believer in the movement beyond IT and cybersecurity issues, Rafiq also volunteers as the Cornerstone League representative to the El Paso (Texas) Chapter of Credit Unions, where he lives and works remotely from the league’s Plano, Texas, headquarters.
“Idrees is committed to the credit union movement,” Gorman says. “He is highly passionate about keeping credit unions safe in the cybersecurity world, and he works tirelessly to address the latest trends and threats.”