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December 19, 2012  1:51 PM

CFPB: Dodd-Frank at its best.



Posted by: David Schneier
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The campaign season that ended with last month’s presidential elections generated more debate and rhetoric than any other in my lifetime.  As I'm an outspoken person who has never shied away from a good argument I routinely found myself engaged in exchanges with a remarkably broad range of...

October 22, 2012  2:09 PM

Are banks unfairly scrutinized?



Posted by: David Schneier
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A few years back when I first cut over to working somewhat exclusively with financial institutions I memorized an elevator speech that still somewhat defines who I am and what I do professionally.  Part of the speech pointed out that my firm helped "banks and credit unions meet regulatory...


September 21, 2012  3:44 PM

Are self-assessments the right way to go?



Posted by: David Schneier
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About a decade ago a family member chastised me for having an auto repair shop do my oil changes for me.  She (yeah, you’re reading that right – “she”) pointed out how ridiculously easy it was to drain the old oil, replace it with the new stuff and check a wide variety of fluid levels,...


August 8, 2012  6:21 PM

Metrics Reporting: Are pretty colors always pretty accurate?



Posted by: David Schneier
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I have an odd relationship with management reporting.  I know it's a necessity and quite often see clear value in what's packaged for senior management and board review.  But a significant piece of the reporting content comes in the form of metrics and, well, whenever I hear the term it conjures...


July 21, 2012  8:25 PM

CFPB: Filling the regulatory void left by Sheila Bair



Posted by: David Schneier
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I was an unabashed fan of Sheila Bair and made no secret of that fact.  She was a breath of fresh air in a line of work where everything is stale and always at least a little boring.  Not that Martin Gruenberg is any less effective running the FDIC, he's just a whole lot less interesting to pay...


July 6, 2012  3:18 AM

Risk: The core issue behind regulatory requirements



Posted by: David Schneier
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There's a joke of sorts within my personal circle of family and friends regarding what it is that I do these days.  Ask me and I'll tell you that I'm a regulatory compliance expert who advises financial institutions on how to comply with the myriad rules and regulations governing information...


May 21, 2012  1:47 PM

Remote Deposit Capture is probably a very, very bad innovation.



Posted by: David Schneier
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Before I even get into the nitty-gritty of the post I have to point out that in the time it took me to choose the topic and start writing I've already thought of three perfect ways to steal your money via remote deposit capture.  Seriously, this is a hugely bad idea that will lead to hundreds of...


April 29, 2012  7:43 PM

Internal Audit: Whose side are they on anyway?



Posted by: David Schneier
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My first encounter with an auditor was back in the mid-90's while working as an application project manager for a Fortune 100 company.  The group responsible for change management was going through an audit of their process and one of the changes that was selected for review happened to belong to...


April 14, 2012  2:23 PM

Anyone remember the Heartland breach?



Posted by: David Schneier
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Two weeks ago news broke about a huge, massive leak of credit card information from a processor called Global Payments and I braced for a firestorm of media coverage that was sure to follow.  Two weeks hence and it's pretty much a non-event.  A few days ago the State of Utah reported a breach of...


March 23, 2012  3:24 PM

GRC presents a broad spectrum; is it too broad?



Posted by: David Schneier
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In early 2004 I co-authored my first Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) controls framework for a client.  Just about the entire thing required manual testing that, if everything worked as planned would require a full-time resource to support.  About thirty seconds after submitting the framework draft to the...


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