Middle and Back Office Solutions Insights

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Security threats: prepare to respond at the speed of a tweet

12th July 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Steve Durbin, Vice President, Information Security Forum (ISF) trade body The range and complexity of cyber security threats is growing daily. Given the high potential rewards from cybercrime, especially when it comes to banking and finance, this trend is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. Threats are increasingly being... read more
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RBS IT crash: Age will soon get the better of the banks

6th July 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Daniel Mayo, Ovum There was plenty of speculation about the cause of the recent RBS IT failure that downed the retail bank operation for a week and prevented payments in and out from being processed, causing wages, mortgages and businesses to go unpaid and seriously damaging the reputation of the bank. Many observers were initially... read more
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Show Report: SIFMA Tech 2012

26th June 2012

Company: bobsguide
Tom Groenfeldt, reporting for bobsguide The annual SIFMA Technology Leaders Forum & Expo on 19-21 June at the Hilton in New York City gathered speakers from BATS, NYSE Euronext, CME Group, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Goldmans, BofA Merrill and various politicians and, crucially, regulators to discuss the changing nature of the... read more
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Lies, damned lies, and fraud statistics

14th June 2012

Company: bobsguide
Card and banking fraud is a topic that sadly won’t go away, says Pat Carroll, chief executive of ValidSoft, but measuring it can be contentious. Some of the latest figures and reports this year, from CIFAS and PwC for instance, show that the problem is growing, while still others, such as the Financial Fraud Action UK figures, show it is... read more
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What security lesson can be learnt from the Global Payments data breach?

16th May 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Pat Carroll, chief executive,ValidSoft As often happens at the turn of the year, as I was thinking about the different types of security breaches that had taken place in 2011 and about the fraud vectors that I thought might be important to keep an eye on in 2012. Along with a focus on the security of the mobile channel as m-banking and... read more
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Show Report: NACHA Payments 2012 - Day 1

1st May 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Andrew Deichler, reporting for the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) and bobsguide Thousands of payments professionals gathered in Baltimore, US, on Monday 30 April for the start of the NACHA Payments 2012 three-day conference. The three main themes of this year's gathering, which attracted in excess of 2,500 attendees,... read more
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Show report: TradeTech envisages tough years ahead for investment banking

27th April 2012

Company: bobsguide
The worsening economic climate with the UK slipping back into a double-dip recession, the on-going eurozone crisis and the restriction of IT budgets as banks pull back and prepare for the impending post-crash regulatory challenges, were all weighing heavily on the minds of 2,000 attendees at the TradeTech 2012 show in London’s Excel Arena... read more
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Best practice guidelines for data centre optimisation

11th April 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Wil Cunningham, head of WilPower IT Consulting. An ex-RBS senior IT manager and now a contractor with Lloyds Banking Group and other banks. Wil Cunningham, an independent technology consultant who oversaw RBS’s Data Centre Optimisation (EDCO) programme in Scotland and has spent the last two years as a senior contractor working on... read more
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The need for a next generation Broker-Dealer back office platform

2nd April 2012

By Fabian Samaniego, a senior consultant to TCS Financial Solutions and ex-COO of HSBC Brokerage and managing director of global operations at ICM Capital Markets (additional contributors: Danny Garcia and Gary Schwartzberg) The current post-crash landscape in the financial services industry is driving broker-dealers to evolve at a much... read more
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Show report: Mapping the mobile future at Mobey Day

26th March 2012

Company: bobsguide
The inaugural Mobey Day, organised by the bank-led Mobey Forum industry association, which also includes handset manufacturers, vendors and others, was held at CosmoCaixa in Barcelona on 21 March where more than 250 senior level technologists and industry players attempted to map out the future of mobile financial services. Ron van Wezel,... read more