Security concerns top community bankers’ list of technology decisions they must make in the next two years, according to The Independent Community Bankers of America’s 2008  technology survey of its members.
Some 81 percent of respondents say keeping customers personal information safe is the biggest long-term technology decision they face; finding new methods of managing risks (60 percent) and protecting information assets (56 percent) also ranked high.

The issue of security also ranked at the top of general technology concerns, with managing risks, protecting data and infrastructure, and detecting fraud named as three of the top four concerns.

ICBA also queried how well banks are testing their security. Some 79 percent said they’d had an external penetration test conducted in the past year; 76 percent said they’d done an internal network security assessment; only 43 percent had done conducted a Website security assessment and 30 percent had tested employees ability to resist conning with social engineering tests.

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