Tech Time: Malware. Hackers. Viruses.

first_imgHow much will it take to defend against them all?by: Edwin MachAs a C-suite executive for your credit union, you have just spent a great deal of money on the latest security boxes and antivirus software to keep the hackers out of your financial institution. (JP Morgan spent $250 million, according to Bloomberg.) You go to bed every night assured that no hacker will have access to your members’ data. Then, one day, you wake up and discover that your members’ records were compromised.This real scenario could happen to any credit union; it happened to JP Morgan. With such a large annual IT budget, one wonders how much money one has to spend to create an impenetrable wall around members’ data. This begs the question: Is it how much money one spends or is it how one spends it? Or perhaps it’s not how one spends it, but how the company governs its data through security policies and practices?Your security policies determine your spending. What you choose to spend on and how much, should depend on your credit union’s security policies. For example, if your security policies dictate that all customer information must be encrypted, it would be a good idea to research the key management and encryption hardware and software out there that meets your minimum security level and access policies. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

AgCredit announces 2016 election results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Three farmers have been elected to serve on the board of directors for one of northern Ohio’s largest lenders to farmers, agribusiness and rural home owners.Dusty Sonnenberg of Hamler, Jerry Layman from Kenton and Deborah Johlin-Bach who resides near Elmore, have been elected to serve three-year terms on AgCredit’s board of directors.Sonnenberg will be serving his first term on the board, representing members of the co-op in Region 2 which consists of Henry, Wood and western Lucas counties. He replaces former board chair Charles Bostdorff, from Wood County, whose tenure on the board expired after serving five consecutive three-year terms.Layman and Ms. Johlin-Bach were each re-elected to serve an additional three-year term. Jerry was originally elected to serve on the board in 2004 and will continue to represent members in Region 3 (Hancock and Hardin counties). Deborah will continue to serve members who live in Region 4 (eastern Lucas, Ottawa and Sandusky counties). She was originally elected to the board in 2007.In addition to board elections, AgCredit members have also elected their 2017 nominating committee. Named to the committee, which will help identify candidates for next year’s board election, were Gregory S. Hartschuh, Crawford County; Brian A. Miller, Erie; Gary L. Wittenmeyer, Hancock; Mark Billenstein, Hardin; Sam Woodruff, Huron; Ron Baumann, Lorain; Thomas Wardell, Lucas; Michael A Sager, Marion; Bryan Bush, Morrow; Joseph Kapp, Ottawa; Gary Derck, Paulding; Daniel Ellerbrock, Putnam; Scot Haar, Sandusky; David L Hawk, Seneca; Mark Keber, Van Wert; Dale Brown, Wood, and Kyle Brown, Wyandot.At AgCredit’s board re-organization meeting, held in early June, Scott Schroeder and Gary Baldosser were re-elected to serve another one-year term as president and vice-president, respectively. Schroeder was originally elected to Ag Credit’s board in 2008 and re-elected in 2011 and 2014, serving Region 1 (Putnam, Van Wert and Paulding counties). Mr. Baldosser was originally elected to the AgCredit board in 2009 and re-elected in 2012 and 2015, serving members in Region 5 (Seneca County).AgCredit’s board of directors consists of 10 members, eight of whom are elected by stockholders, and two who are appointed by the board to bring greater diversity and experience.AgCredit is a cooperative lender and proud member of the Farm Credit system created 100 years ago to provide a reliable source of credit for the nation’s farmers and ranchers. It supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services and is dedicated to serving the financial needs of farmers, agribusinesses, rural homeowners and rural communities in its 18-county district.For more information about AgCredit, please visit: read more

Canon C300: Now Priced to Move

first_imgIn the market for new gear? Canon’s line of cinema cameras, including the C300, is more affordable than ever.The online filmmaking community is on fire following Canon’s decision to drastically drop the prices of its cinema cameras, including the C100 and C300. It’s fantastic news for potential new buyers – not so much for anyone who purchased one of the models a month ago. Joe Marine over at No Film School does a great job of digging through yesterday’s (non-April Fools’, apparently) announcement:You can get a body-only EF mount C300 (without AF) for just $6500 and a body-only C100 (without AF) can be had for just $3000, less than the price of some DSLRs. The C100 in particular is now pretty cheap considering the built-in ND filters and solid image quality (and you can get ProRes if you add a relatively inexpensive recorder like the $300 Atomos Ninja Star).Does this mean we can expect some big Canon news at NAB? Probably so. Marine continues:There is no question at this point that Canon is announcing a new version of the C300 this month, but we have no idea how much it will cost — though I expect it to be over $10,000, especially if it has internal 4K. The C100 Mark II is relatively new, so I expect that to stay at the low end, while they’ll eventually phase out the older C100, C300, and C500 (the latter two of which will most likely be replaced at NAB).If you aren’t already versed in the ways of the Canon C300, here’s a review from the folks at B&H:[via NoFilmSchool]Thinking about buying one of the lower-priced Canons? Are you one of the unfortunate consumers who purchased one right before the sudden price drop? Air your excitement and/or grievances in the comments below.last_img read more