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It’s no surprise that placing the word “cyber” ahead of words like “security,” “attack” and “crime” often elicits a response of increased alarm. Sure, an in-person attack can be violent and gruesome, but a cyberattack is initiated by a person or group of people you can’t see and can wipe away scores of personal data, potentially leaving victims to pay the price financially and emotionally for years to come. And while there are physical limitations to crimes that occur offline, cybercriminals are only limited by the scope of cyberspace. They’re constantly inventing new, sophisticated ways to gain entry to systems and staying one step ahead of even the most experienced technology professionals.

So it’s no surprise that credit unions would want to direct an ample amount of resources toward things like firewalls, anti-virus software, and teaching employees how to spot suspicious links and avoid falling for social engineering schemes. With all the success cybercriminals have been enjoying lately hacking into the systems of seemingly secure organizations, credit unions shouldn’t have to worry about people hunting through their members’ snail mail with the goal of stealing money, right?

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.

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