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The Covid-19 pandemic has fast-tracked America’s dependence on technology, with more people digitally connected than ever before. As a result, reports of cyberattacks have skyrocketed in both frequency and scope. Daily online breaches in the U.S. have up to quadrupled since the start of the pandemic, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, leaving no industry unscathed. One step that organizations can take to combat these growing attacks is to support National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which takes place each October. Championed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, this is a collaboration between government and industry to make sure every American has the resources needed to stay safe and secure online. Continue Reading
Today, the Electronic Payments Coalition (EPC) released a report that found multiple dynamic fraud technologies are necessary to combat payment-card fraud. EPC analyzed information from 20 countries that have varying levels of EMV adoption and use a mix of PIN and signature authentication. EPC found that chip-enabled smartcards—also known as chip cards—have dramatically reduced counterfeit card fraud. In countries where chip cards comprise at least 75 percent of payment cards, counterfeit fraud has declined by 84 percent over the last 11 years—even as the number of in-store transactions has increased 21-fold. The report also examined the use of PIN and signature authentication, with research showing “there is no clear relationship between total card fraud and a country’s preference for using signatures or PINs” in conjunction with payment cards. This point emphasizes the need for choice—and not a government mandate—when it comes to payment-card security. “This report confirms what we’ve said … Continue reading
Every time there is a retailer data-security breach, credit unions step forward to make their members whole. A NAFCU survey found that its member credit unions paid an average of $226,000 each in costs associated with retailer data breaches in 2014. Meanwhile, large companies like Target might lose less than one-tenth of one percent of their annual sales due to a data-security breach; and if they want to recoup expenses, they can always raise prices. Credit unions, as not-for-profit, member-owned institutions, have no such remedy. It’s time to get a national data-security standard in place for retailers. And to do that, we need everyone in the industry – trades, credit unions and the more than 107 million credit union members nationwide – to raise their voices and make Congress take action. Continue Reading
EPC Calls for Durbin Amendment Repeal and Better Security Standards: Support H.R. 5465, H.R. 5983 and H.R. 2205 to Protect Consumers
WASHINGTON (September 30, 2016) – Five years since the implementation of the ill-conceived Durbin Amendment, customers are still not seeing savings at the register and small businesses continue to feel the impacts of this legislation. Ahead of the October 1st anniversary of Durbin Amendment implementation, the Electronic Payments Coalition calls on legislators to continue their support of repeal by backing H.R. 5465 and section 335 of H.R. 5983. The Durbin Amendment continues to be nothing more than a merchant markup allowing big box retailers to pocket more than $36 billion to date—impairing small mom and pop stores and hurting customers in the process. “The numbers don’t lie: the Durbin Amendment has been a complete failure for everyone except the big-box stores, who have padded their bottom lines to the tune of six to eight billion dollars each year,” said Molly Wilkinson, executive director of the Electronic Payments Coalition. “Once consumers … Continue reading
The Durbin Amendment, a.k.a. “merchant markup,” allows big box retailers to pocket $8 billion dollars a year from customers’ purchases. That’s $32 billion since Congress passed this law and retail groups are looking to increase their merchant markup even more. Additionally, big box retailers are not held to any federal standards to protect their customers, yet 90% of consumers agree they should be held to similar standards as banks and financial institutions when it comes to keeping customer data secure and private. The Data Security Act of 2015 would help protect consumers but retailers are fighting the bill to increase their bottom line. It’s time to put consumers first. Continue Reading
On May 10, 2016, EPC sent a letter to House leadership explaining why H.R. 2205 is needed to better protect consumer information. This letter is a follow-up to an earlier one from October.
The Financial Services Roundtable (FSR) applauds the Senate for successfully reaching unanimous consent on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), lining the bill up for a floor vote when Congress returns from August recess.
The Protecting America’s Cyber Networks Coalition (the coalition) urges the Senate to pass S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) of 2015, which is expected to be taken up this week. Passing cybersecurity information-sharing legislation is a top policy goal of the coalition, which is a partnership of leading business associations representing nearly every sector of the U.S. economy.
The undersigned financial services trade associations are writing in support of passage of S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). In March, this bill was approved on a near- unanimous and bipartisan basis by the Select Committee on Intelligence. We urge you and your colleagues to bring up and pass this important legislation as it will increase the nation’s ability to defend against cyber-attacks by encouraging businesses and the government to share cyber-threat information more quickly and efficiently between the two sectors.
The financial industry is hitting back against privacy advocates who have been building a grassroots movement against the major cybersecurity bill set to hit the Senate floor this week.