Empowering the Banking Industry: How General Informatics’ Solutions Drive Excellence

Today’s financial landscape poses unprecedented challenges for banks and credit unions in maintaining comprehensive security and upholding compliance standards. With cyber threats on the rise and regulatory landscapes constantly shifting, these institutions must not only comply with a labyrinth of regulations but safeguard customer data as well. Financial institutions need a partner who understands their specific needs. At General Informatics we are well-attuned to these needs, offering tailored solutions and expert guidance to navigate the complexities of regulatory requirements and audit preparedness.  

Understanding Specific Needs and Meeting Requirements

Banks and Credit Unions operate under distinctive pressures and requirements, each unique in their own way. Unlike other industries, they must handle sensitive financial data while adhering to rigorous regulatory standards. This dual responsibility makes them prime targets for cyber threats and regulatory scrutiny. General Informatics (GI) understands these complexities and tailors its services to address the unique aspects of each client’s operations and the specific threats faced by financial institutions effectively.  

Since no two financial institutions are alike, we do not believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. Instead, our team of experts takes the time to understand each institution’s specific needs, crafting personalized strategies that align with their operational realities. This approach ensures that our clients are not only compliant but also secure, resilient, and prepared for future challenges.  

Ensuring Regulatory Compliance

Compliance is a critical concern for banks and credit unions. General Informatics provides comprehensive compliance solutions that cover everything from policy development to employee training. Our services include regular compliance readiness assessments, risk assessments, and ongoing monitoring to ensure that institutions still are compliant with relevant laws and regulations. This level of comprehensive security is achieved through innovative platforms like Cynomi

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Preparing for Audits

Banks and financial institutions face intense scrutiny to ensure compliance with multiple regulations and standards that make up the very restrictive financial landscape. Audits are a critical aspect of maintaining regulatory compliance in the financial sector and showing operational integrity. General Informatics’ extensive knowledge and guidance throughout the entire audit process ensures financial institutions can operate securely while maintaining compliance with industry standards. The role of General Informatics when preparing for audits: 

Comprehensive Risk Assessment and Management

One of the first steps in audit preparation is identifying potential risks and vulnerabilities within the bank's IT (Information Technology) infrastructure. General Informatics conducts thorough risk assessments to pinpoint areas of concern. They provide actionable insights and remediation strategies to address these risks, ensuring that the bank’s systems are secure and compliant.

Data Management and Security

Data integrity and security are paramount in the banking sector. General Informatics implements advanced data loss prevention & protection measures, including identification, encryption, access controls, and regular monitoring. They ensure that sensitive financial data is protected against breaches and unauthorized access, satisfying key audit requirements.

Continuous Monitoring and Reporting

Real-time monitoring and reporting are essential for maintaining compliance. General Informatics provides continuous monitoring of the bank’s IT environment, identifying and addressing potential issues before they escalate. Their detailed reports offer clear documentation of compliance efforts, which is crucial during audits.

Incident Response and Management

In the event of a security incident, a timely and effective response is critical. General Informatics’ Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT) is a dedicated team for incident response and management, providing rapid containment, investigation, and resolution of security incidents, minimizing downtime and ensuring compliance with incident reporting requirements.

Ongoing Improvement

Human error is a significant factor in many security breaches, making an informed workforce crucial for maintaining compliance. At General Informatics, we believe that compliance is an ongoing journey rather than a one-time event. Post-audit, we work with our clients to identify areas for improvement and implement corrective actions, ensuring long-term adherence to regulatory requirements and future audit success. This proactive approach helps mitigate risks associated with human error and strengthens the overall security posture of the bank.

Achieve New Heights of Success

At GI, we are committed to understanding and addressing the unique needs of banks and credit unions. Our comprehensive approach to security, compliance, and audit preparedness ensures that financial institutions can operate with confidence, knowing that their regulatory and security requirements are professionally managed. By partnering with General Informatics, banks and credit unions can focus on their core mission of serving their customers, knowing that their security, technology, and compliance needs are in expert hands. 

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Aaron Lancaster is a security expert with a history of providing superior cybersecurity solutions to clients in numerous industries. With over 16 years of experience in the cybersecurity field, Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table and holds credentials that go beyond most in the industry.

In his current role as General Informatics’ Information Security Officer, Aaron is responsible for leading General Informatics’ Security Consulting Practice. Prior to being acquired by General Informatics, Aaron served as the CEO and Founder of 1 Ping Security. Aaron is a highly sought-after speaker and is often delivering keynotes to national security conferences. He has attained a vast amount of security certifications and holds leadership roles amongst multiple security associations and alliances.

In addition, Aaron is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as a scout reconnaissance helicopter pilot and Information Assurance Security Officer. He earned a Graduate Certificate in Pentesting and Ethical Hacking from the SANS Technology Institute and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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