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June 27, 2016 by David Albertazzi

For some time now, the financial services industry has been anxiously awaiting updated regulations regarding mobile banking security. In a response to the rise of digital banking usage, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) updated its Retail Payment Services Handbook and added Appendix E—Mobile Financial Systems (MFS).

Appendix E highlights the complexity of the mobile technology infrastructure and identifies specific vulnerabilities that currently exist in the mobile banking ecosystem. The new guidance is fairly comprehensive and addresses key areas, including SMS/text messaging, mobile browser sites, mobile apps, and wireless payments.

June 24, 2016 by Spencer Mindlin

Brexit is no longer a question of “if” but “what now?” The implications of the U.K. vote to exit the European Union cannot be understated, and the process by which the largest financial center in the European Union will fundamentally change its role starts now. Here’s what some of Aite Group’s analysts have to say:

Javier Paz, Wealth Management:

June 23, 2016 by Ben Knieff

I had the opportunity to be on a panel at an event hosted by IBM in New York last week focused on emerging fraud issues. Participants ranged from fraud managers at financial institutions to data scientists from various vendors. It was a fantastically open and interactive dialogue that brought up many issues, none of which we easily resolved. One of the really interesting conversations was around the use of biometrics and their impacts on privacy.

May 23, 2016 by Julie Conroy

New-account risk assessment is an increasingly challenging proposition for financial institutions of all sizes. Opportunities for new-account fraud are exacerbated by the growing number of consumers who prefer to conduct commerce in the higher-risk online and mobile channels. Additionally, Dodd-Frank dramatically changed the economics of retail banking in the United States, while the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is intensely scrutinizing new-account risk assessment practices, pushing FIs toward greater financial inclusion.

May 18, 2016 by Samantha K. Chow

Change is happening all around the life insurance industry, and unless carriers have the tools necessary to make changes or even keep up with the change, they will fall behind. Their legacy systems are preventing them from moving into the next generation of life insurance and stressing a market that is prime for innovation.

A new policy administration system can be the key to a carrier’s successful navigation of these shifts. While the thought of implementing a new system can be daunting and goes against a life insurance company’s need to avoid risk, it doesn’t have to be that way. PAS vendors understand carriers’ concerns, and many of them have invested in the technology, infrastructure, and integration to help carriers get past these concerns.

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