The OGO Blog

Remote Working Security Assessment For Credit Unions

In today’s world, remote work is not just a reality, but a necessity. Undoubtedly, allowing our employees to work remotely, especially in larger numbers, poses a greater risk for our credit union networks. If an attacker identifies an exploitable vulnerability in your remote working solution, they may be able to access corporate data such as…

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Cybersecurity During Coronavirus Pandemic

A note from the OGO Cybersecurity office on scams and best practices during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   While preparing for the pandemic in your area, we need to ensure security is still considered in all our activities. When allowing employees to work remotely, we should confirm that the security tools that we install will…

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March 2020: Credit Union Cybersecurity Tip from the OGO CISO Office – Coronavirus phishing emails: How to protect against COVID-19 scams

The plethora of news coverage surrounding the new coronavirus has created a new danger — phishing attacks looking to exploit public fears about the virus. These phishing attacks are on the rise. Pandemics and health scares of this magnitude are a dream for malicious actors. Ongoing Operations recommends that you share a communication with your…

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How Much Does CISO as a Service Cost?

The world is unfortunately short on cyber security experts. Finding, retaining, and affording senior-level security talent is difficult. Consequently, many credit unions are turning to CISO as a Service models to meet their security needs. The service model—essentially a rent-a-CISO—provides all the benefits of an in-house CISO. However, the service model drastically reduces overhead. But…

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February 2020: Credit Union Cybersecurity Tip from the OGO CISO Office

Do you know what’s on your network? Why hardware asset inventory is important to your Credit Union.   Credit Union networks are becoming increasingly more complex.  The number and types of devices that we must support in our environments expands almost daily.  Workstations, servers, firewalls, mobile devices, receipt printers, kiosks, the list goes on and…

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Top 5 Cyber Security Trends for Credit Unions in 2020

Many years ago, as a credit union CTO, I added a budget item for a cyber security tool not invented yet.  The management team and our board gave me a lot of grief about it at the time.  However, even today, I think it is a wise approach.  The threats are constantly changing, the tools…

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Critical Microsoft Windows Patches Released: Cyber Tip of The Month January 2020

On Tuesday, 1/14/20, Microsoft released updates to fix 49 vulnerabilities as part of their Patch Tuesday cycle. The vulnerabilities patched in the Windows CryptoAPI and Remote Desktop Protocol are of particular concern due to their severity and implications for security on affected devices. Following the summary below are links to articles related to these vulnerabilities.…

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2019 Holiday Tips from the Cybersecurity Office

The holiday season offers shoppers some of the best online deals of the year and as consumers we spend more time shopping online. However, increased shopping comes with potential, increased risk to your online safety. In addition to a rise in online shopping during December, there is also an increased risk of falling victim to…

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October 2019: Credit Union Cybersecurity Tip from the OGO CISO Office

Multi-Factor Authentication Today’s threat landscape for Credit Unions is increasingly complex.  Viruses, trojans, phishing, fraud, and social engineering are just a few of the threats that we have to account for daily.  In order to conduct business, we must provide employees, vendors and our customers access to our systems and critical data. How then in…

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