Cybersecurity Research

Mitigate security threats against customers and the enterprise

Financial institutions and their customers are under constant attack as criminals attempt to compromise accounts, personally identifiable information and even intellectual property. FIs have their profitability and reputations at stake. Javelin helps financial institution clients devise effective strategies for securing data and systems in a constantly evolving threat environment.

This report outlines the types of cloud services FIs are adopting, as well as the perceived security threats that accompany such applications.

RSA Conference: Innovation in a Sea of Booths

Javelin Report
Date: April 15, 2019
This report spotlights several new and innovative vendors based on a select set of criteria. The firms had to have marketed themselves to financial services clients; be considered an early-stage company (no more than B-Series funding); offer an...

The Small Bank Security Leadership Shortage

Javelin Report
Date: March 14, 2019
Author(s): Sean Sposito, Al Pascual
When questioned about their top priorities, security professionals inside small banks and credit unions often cite, protecting their retail banking clients. But when compared to their larger peers, they are generally less prepared to do so. At least...
This report will break down into two categories the risks that ATMs face: logical attacks that focus on the weaknesses embedded within the device’s software and operating systems, and physical ones that involve crooks breaking locks to cash...

2019 Cybersecurity Trends

Javelin Report
Date: January 15, 2019
Author(s): Sean Sposito, Al Pascual
Financial institutions are driving toward a future where there’s little difference between online and offline banking. In that world where the edge of a firm’s business is defined more by an omnichannel experience than just its brick-and-mortar...

Phishing Banks: Tactics and Implications

Javelin Report
Date: November 15, 2018
Author(s): Sean Sposito
This report examines the concerns and attitudes of financial institutions regarding this crime of virtual deceit.  It also highlights and explores the solutions that FIs believe are most helpful in the fight against phishing.

Innovation in Security: Black Hat 2018

Javelin Report
Date: October 2, 2018
Author(s): Sean Sposito, Al Pascual
There are few shows that bring together more security vendors than UBM Technology Group’s annual Black Hat conference. Squeezed between BSides Las Vegas and DEF CON, the conference’s two days of briefings bring together thousands of attendees...
Despite warnings from academics, former intelligence community officials, and federal law enforcement, some security professionals at financial services companies harbor a willingness to attack their adversaries. Not necessarily to destroy outside...

The London Protocol

Javelin Report
Date: August 22, 2018
Author(s): Sean Sposito, Al Pascual
Amidst an increasing number of phishing reports involving digital certificates, several Certificate Authorities (CAs) have banded together. For the first time, these arbiters of digital trust are cooperating in an effort to proactively ensure the...
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal that impacted roughly 87 million Facebook users, California lawmakers have quickly pushed through privacy legislation that could become a standard for how U.S. banks handle customer information.1 The...

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