To fight data breaches, organizations must treat all emails with skepticism and educate employees about cybersecurity risks. That's according to Jim Stickley, keynote speaker for CU Times' Oct. 6 virtual conference, "Data Breach Defense."

In his presentation, "Know Your Vulnerabilities: Credit Unions Are Only as Secure as Their Weakest Links," Stickley, founder and CEO of the San Diego-based security education firm Stickley on Security, said cybercriminals target financial institution employees because they don't know they are vulnerable.

"If employees did not have Internet access, it would reduce fraud by 75 to 80%," Stickley said.

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Roy Urrico

Roy W. Urrico specializes in articles about financial technology and services for Credit Union Times, as well as ghostwriting, copywriting, and case studies. Also: writer/editor of a semi-annual newsletter for Association for Financial Technology since 1997 and history projects funded by the U.S Interior Department, National Park Service and Warren County (N.Y.).