Bank of America Suffers Breach Due to Poor Third Party Relationship

This month, Bank of America
suffered from a breach leaving their customers angry and confused. They chose
the route of informing their customers via written letters and would not
disclose an estimate of how many accounts were affected by this breach.
Spokeswoman Betty Riess believes the breach may have been the effects of a
third party partner. The company is now working on filling the gap in their security
and mending relations with their customers.

The use of third party fraud
companies are becoming a trend in the industry, not only because
of the pure volume of transactions but because they help aid in layered
for the FFIEC regulations. These third parties allow companies to
concentrate more on the relationships with their customers while they outsource
and authentication. Sounds like a perfect match right? Well,
that convenience does not come without a trade off.

When choosing a third party vendor, there are two factors
that can make the difference between a mutually beneficial partnership and a
transactional nightmare. The first is the level of collaboration. Companies
must express the importance of their customers security with the vendors to
get everyone working towards the same goal. The entire fraud prevention plan
must be secure from start to finish, and the more collaboration the better. The
second is the use of real-time transactions. Third parties that store
information in databases have a much higher chance of a breach than vendors
using real-time transaction. Fraud prevention companies such as EVS
that use real-time transactions never store customer information with greatly
decreases the risk of a breach, better protecting from ID

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