Entries by Susie Clayton

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Nonprofit Young Americans Center for Financial Education builds skills, sparks entrepreneurial spirit in youth

Amelia Moore is optimistic that consumers’ interest in supporting small business over the holiday season bodes well for her business, Mimi’s Minis, whose products—miniature stuffed animals—will be available exclusively online from late November to early December. “No two Minis are exactly alike, and they make a special holiday gift for young children, teachers—anyone, really!” she […]

Unemployment fraud on the rise: what can be done to curb it

by Chris Hill, SVP & CFO | Bankers’ Bank of the West While unemployment trends are improving, the current environment has created a new vector for fraudsters. Numerous state governments and law enforcement agencies have been getting reports from citizens who received cards used to facilitate unemployment payments and accompanying paperwork even though they had […]

A smidgeon of prevention could reduce the chance of a big hack headache

A smidgeon of prevention could reduce the chance of a big hack headache Greg Miller, IT Analyst, Bankers’ Bank of the West Posted October 2019 The often-heard claim “everything is bigger in Texas” is unfortunately proving true for ransomware, which has hit at least 22 municipalities in in that state. Clearly, ransomware is not going […]

Out with the old, in with the new: A rehaul for outmoded password procedures

Out with the old, in with the new: A rehaul for outmoded password procedures Ashlee Aleshire-Ash, Senior IT Support Specialist, Bankers’ Bank of the West Posted August 2019 From the inception of security for technology, we’ve been urged to change our passwords regularly. The common advice was to make the password complicated, nonsensical, and (most […]

Yes, you’ve heard that song before—but no, don’t tune it out

Yes, you’ve heard that song before—but no, don’t tune it out Ashlee Aleshire-Ash, Senior IT Support Specialist, Bankers’ Bank of the West Posted May 2019 Recently, a newly discovered security vulnerability made the news. We hear about security issues continually, so why should this instance have garnered any attention? For good reason: Instead of targeting […]

Strategic planning today—more critical (and more advantageous) than ever

Strategic planning today—more critical (and more advantageous) than ever Jim Swanson, SVP–Bank Strategies, a Division of Bankers’ Bank of the West [copyright 2018] Posted October 2018 From time to time, many of us find managing our day-to-day workload challenging. Of necessity, we often find ourselves in head-down mode trying to get through the tasks at […]