Concerns over cybersecurity. Concerns over cybersecurity. (Source: Shutterstock)

It is a few minutes before midnight and an employee just downloaded a large file over VPN from a remote site. Unbeknownst to all security scans, this large file contains all the credit union’s members’ names, addresses and share information. The next morning, nothing happens – the action does not raise any flags or alarms because a known person is doing it over an approved connection. This scenario raises the hair on the backs of business and IT leaders alike, and it is one that likely can happen inside your credit union today.

Thankfully this scenario, modelled on a real-life event, was one that had an understandable justification. It was the Digital Banking Conversion Project Team performing some last-minute data transformations before the big launch of the new digital banking platform scheduled for a few days later. The scenario would have passed without comment, had the program manager not asked the information security manager about it.

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