Staying Cyber-Sharp

Policy People—ICBA advocacy experts Jeremy Dalpiaz and Lilly Thomas.
Policy People—ICBA advocacy experts Jeremy Dalpiaz and Lilly Thomas.

Community Banker University offers cybersecurity educational resources

By Andrea Knotts Bona

ICBA developed its Community Banker University to help community banks and their employees respond to hot current issues and ongoing areas of concern. For that reason, the comprehensive ICBA educational program offers a portfolio of cybersecurity programs and resources to help community banks prepare for near- and long-term security threats.

ICBA Expands Its Cybersecurity Staff

ICBA provides members with the support and resources necessary to do battle in today’s cybersecurity environment. From increasing the number of staff experts to expanding its educational offerings, the association is helping members get in front of cyberthreats to mitigate risks before they impact a community bank’s business or customers.

Jeremy Dalpiaz has joined the ICBA staff as assistant vice president, cyber and data security policy, with a focus on regulatory, legislative and market developments related to cyber and data security. He joins veteran ICBA staff member Lilly Thomas, the association’s vice president, senior regulatory counsel, who focuses on privacy and data security, as well as the Bank Secrecy Act, fair lending, equal credit opportunity and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

“Cybersecurity and data security have become a major problem affecting nearly all sectors of our economy and has the potential to jeopardize consumers’ financial integrity and confidence in the payments system,” Thomas says.

“We have experienced an increase in banks seeking both education and consultation to help navigate the threats, weaknesses and exposure of cyber and security dangers,” says Lindsay LaNore, ICBA’s executive vice president, Community Banker University.

Community Banker University offers a plethora of courses, webinars, conferences and institutes to address cyberthreats and bank security. One of the newest ICBA educational offerings is the live IT Seminar developed in partnership with the national consulting firm, RSM, for community bankers who want to dig into the comprehensive risk exposures. Another cybersecurity program is the InfoSight Customer Security Awareness Program, which helps banks educate their commercial customers to help stop corporate account takeover and ACH/wire fraud.

InfoSight provides a variety of customer-ready content explaining the dangers of Internet transactions, phishing, malware, ACH, wire fraud, cybercrime and social engineering tactics, and educates customers on how to avoid becoming a victim. The customer-ready content includes articles to post on a bank’s website, games, videos, presentations, emails and surveys.

Each fall Community Banker University will host a three-part webinar series about cyber-risk. This year’s series includes developing, navigating and monitoring vendor management. To meet the time challenges of many bankers, Community Banker University offers most webinars in CD or downloadable formats after the live event.

Andrea Knotts Bona ( is ICBA’s vice president, marketing.

Mark Your Calendar
Community Banker University is offering several cybersecurity and security-related educational opportunities in 2015—2016.

Annual Current Issues/Certification Conference
Program: Day four of this four-day conference is focused on cybersecurity, IT exposures and bank physical security. 
When: Oct. 19—22, 2015

Leadership Development Conference
Program: The conference offers the workshop “Cyber Security 101—A Leader’s Guide to Cyber Threats and Security.”
When: September 2016

IT Institute
Program: A weeklong course with testing and certification available. 
When: May 9—13, 2016 and Aug. 8—12, 2016

Advanced IT Summit 
Program: A new advanced IT course covering cybersecurity issues and more. 
When: May 4—5, 2016, October 11—12, 2016

InfoSight Webinars 
Program: A three-part webinar series on cybersecurity. Recordings are also available for download or on CD after the live sessions.
When: Consecutive Thursdays in September 2016

For more information about these and other programs, visit