More pressure from the FFIEC to increase online security authentication practices can be leveraged with interchange incentives being offered by the Fed for debit- fraud-prevention investments mandated by the Durbin amendment, and institutions should take advantage.
Doug Johnson of the ABA and FS-ISAC says banks and commercial customers are improving efforts to catch and thwart incidents of corporate account takeover, a sign that the industry is moving in a positive payments direction.
The bright spot is that 36 percent of the takeover incidents reported in 2010 were stopped before fraudulent funds transfers were approved. That's an improvement from 2009, when only 20 percent were thwarted.
"We face a broad threat ... and each consumer has to understand that their part in protecting both their own finances and the financial infrastructure, together, is a very large part," says Ian Harper, Pentagon Federal Credit Union.
Small businesses have room to improve when it comes to fraud prevention. And according to a recent study commissioned by TD Bank, a lack of understanding and apathy are challenges that need to be overcome.
A new twist in the ongoing online security battle between banks and their commercial customers was reported this week after a corporate account in Omaha, Neb., was hit with thousands in fraudulent ACH transactions.
This $38 billion bank has invested a great deal of time and effort into its online security program, continuously conducting risk assessments and making strides to ensure commercial customers stay informed about evolving online-banking risks.
Despite previously announced plans to appeal last month's ruling in the ACH fraud lawsuit filed by Experi-Metal Inc., Comerica Bank now says it has resolved to pay the $560,000 in damages and close the case.
Corporate account takeover events are reigniting the debate between banks and their former commercial customers, about everything from fraud liability and the "good faith" standard to commercially reasonable security.
The fight against cyberattacks is a top priority for financial institutions, and industry insiders are optimistic about President Obama's plan to thwart cyberattacks that lead to corporate account takeover and other forms of fraud.