Dodd-Frank and regulatory compliance

Dodd-Frank and regulatory compliance

In an excellent article by Lori Moore of ATTUS Technologies, she states that there are multiple reasons why bank examiners may be ramping up scrutiny:

“Examiners who may already be on the defensive in regard to criticism about their actions prior to the fall 2008. Examiners who now have the Dodd-Frank Act on their side, giving them more authority. Examiners who in conjunction with Dodd-Frank have been charged with heightening their scrutiny of all consumer protection compliance.

No doubt, examiners are going to get tough. A decree recently stated by a representative from the OCC: “Fair but tough”. In fact many anecdotal reports confirm this is already happening.”

The difference between “tough but fair”, and “fair but tough” is much more than semantic.  It means that “tough” is the operative word.  As the pendulum of regulatory focus swings from credit risk back to regulatory risk, expect regulators (and auditors) to spend more time scrutinizing your information security policies, procedures and practices.

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Tom Hinkel
As author of the Compliance Guru website, Hinkel shares easy to digest information security tidbits with financial institutions across the country. With almost twenty years’ experience, Hinkel’s areas of expertise spans the entire spectrum of information technology. He is also the VP of Compliance Services at Safe Systems, a community banking tech company, where he ensures that their services incorporate the appropriate financial industry regulations and best practices.

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