Differentiate Your Credit Union with a Differentiated  Card Payments Strategy

By Preston Packer |

May

05

Today, consumers have access to more ways than ever to pay for goods and services. Whether it's convenient Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL), Cash App, Venmo, PayPal, or embedded payments—they all represent easier, frictionless payment methods for consumers. But that's not all they share in common: they all pale in comparison to the popularity of credit and debit card solutions.

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Digital Payments Are Here to Stay

By Preston Packer |

Mar

15

Digital payments took center stage during the pandemic, and their popularity became so strong, it's clear contactless payments aren't going anywhere. Commerce was already hopping on the digital bandwagon pre-coronavirus, but the shutdowns and online-only sales increased digital payments exponentially. Now, consumers are even more in favor of quick, convenient touchless transactions, which means that credit unions must be prepared to continue offering these valuable services and innovate further.

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How Credit Unions Can Embrace Innovation On a Budget

By Preston Packer |

Mar

10

When it comes to banking and financial products, the average consumer has no shortage of options. From large national and community banks to credit unions (CUs) and emerging fintech firms, everyone is vying for the attention and dollars of your current members.

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Grow Your Credit Union From the Inside Out: Member Retention Strategies

By Preston Packer |

Feb

15

Similar to money, it's not how many members your credit union can gain—it's how many you can keep. While member retention is paramount, it's not sufficient to simply retain members. Instead, your credit union must deepen the relationship by providing timely, personalized solutions throughout their life and across life stages. In most instances, your credit union will need to preemptively know and alert members of their needs before they do. Let's take a closer look at how credit unions can accomplish that.

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How Credit Unions Can Implement a Cybersecurity First Approach

By Preston Packer |

Oct

28

According to a Cybersecurity Ventures estimate, the global cost of cybercrime will topple $6 trillion this year, which is more than two times the damage in 2015 of $3 trillion. And credit unions can be especially vulnerable to cyberattacks as you undergo digital transformations to bolster the member experience. In fact, Black Kite estimates that 48% of credit unions and 58% of their vendors could have potential critical vulnerabilities directly related to out-of-date systems.

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Cybersecurity First for Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

Oct

26

Does your credit union prioritize digital security? As we've discussed this month, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Awareness Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (CSA) sponsor Cybersecurity Awareness Month to shine a light on digital security issues for people and businesses across the country.

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Cybersecurity. Explore. Experience. Share.

By Preston Packer |

Oct

20

If your credit union has been paying attention, then you should already know that October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the annual event is in its 18th year and continues to help individuals and businesses raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity in the present age.

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How to Protect Your Credit Union from Phishing Attacks

By Preston Packer |

Oct

14

The increased use of digital technology around the globe over the past couple of years has also led to an increase in cyberattacks--particularly phishing. Phishing refers to when a malicious actor sends fraudulent emails or messages with the intent of stealing your personal information and/or money. Since credit unions have access to both the personal information of their members and their money, it makes them ripe targets for phishing and other types of attacks online.

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Credit Union Cybersecurity Awareness

By Preston Packer |

Oct

06

As the world trends towards more and more digital solutions, there is an ever-increasing risk of individuals and businesses being exposed to cyberattacks. A cyberattack refers to the attempt to steal, disable, expose or destroy information illegally through unauthorized access to computer systems, and when cyberattacks succeed, they can be extremely dangerous and costly to whomever suffered the attack. Because of the clear danger of cyberattacks, it’s crucial that individuals and institutions like credit unions that rely heavily on digital infrastructures take the appropriate measures to protect themselves and their members.

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The NCUA Grant Cybersecurity Initiative

By Preston Packer |

Apr

19

Grants can provide the boost a credit union needs to address those undervalued or overly costly issues they might not have the funds to cover otherwise, particularly so in low-income areas. The Community Development Revolving Loan Fund (CDRLF) grant makes it a priority to identify specific areas of credit union operations that are likely underfunded in low-income areas and designates monies to these initiatives. For 2021, the CDRLF outlined cybersecurity as one of these initiatives and it couldn't be more timely.

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