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FedFocus is your source for the latest Federal Reserve Bank Services news. Each issue keeps you informed about hot topics in the industry, as well as provides insight into the value of Federal Reserve Financial Services.

Account Services: Article Archives

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Central Bank: Article Archives

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Check/Check 21 Services: Article Archives

New and long-standing customers revere the Fed's Check Adjustment webinars

October 2016

The Principles and Concepts of Image Cash Letters and Electronic Check Adjustments webinar has quickly become a key educational tool for Check Adjustments Services customers. Despite the different levels of staff experience, Carolina Postal Credit Union and Launch Federal Credit Union have both found something new to learn with the Fed’s webinar.
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Trustmark hits one out of the park with the Accelerated Imaged Returns Delivery Service

June 2016

As we head full swing into summer, one of the activities on many of our minds is that of heading out to the ballpark. With a history nearly as old as American baseball itself, Trustmark National Bank opened its doors in Mississippi 127 years ago. Trustmark relies on our strong lineup of Check 21-Enabled Services, including FedForward®, FedReturn® and FedReceipt®, to accomplish its goals of more efficient check clearing. Learn how signing up for the Accelerated Imaged Returns Delivery Service was a game-changing home run for Trustmark.
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Customer Support: Article Archives

Austin Telco Federal Credit Union completes an easy transition to the Fed

December 2015

Sometimes change can be a scary thing, especially when it comes to your payments processor. Transitioning to processing payments directly with the Federal Reserve, however, is easy, due to our depth of knowledge and our focus on customer service. Austin Telco Federal Credit Union, like many financial institutions, was on the lookout for ways to use its resources more efficiently. Moving its payments processing from a third-party processor to the Federal Reserve helped the credit union reduce fraud losses and save time.
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Events and Education: Article Archives

On-demand webcasts: There when you need them

October 2016

There’s always something new to learn, but do you find that your schedule sometimes doesn’t allow you to explore new training opportunities? If there are meetings that have you tied up or you simply wish that you could study new topics in your own time, the Federal Reserve Banks have the perfect solution. The Federal Reserve Bank Events page offers a robust listing of free 24/7 on-demand webcasts to help you learn more about our services — at your convenience!
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It's time to hit the books and focus on your FEDucation

September 2016

While summer doesn’t end officially for another three weeks, as we shift into September there is certain nostalgia in the air for warm temperatures and late sunsets. It may have been a while since you stepped into a classroom, but everyone can remember the air of anticipation on the first day of school. What if you could take that feeling and apply it to bettering your institution? You can, in a sense, by focusing on your FEDucation!
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Plan, practice and protect with resources from the Fed

August 2016

Financial institutions of all sizes face a number of potential risks that could result in service disruptions. Is your institution prepared? Do you have a business continuity plan in place? Building a strong risk management program requires time and tools to help ward off potential service disruptions. Learn how the Federal Reserve Banks can help enhance your risk management program.
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Don't risk it — take advantage of the Fed's Risk Management tools

July 2016

Financial institutions face risk every day. Luckily, there are services available to your institution that can help you to be ready to act should an incident occur. The Federal Reserve Banks have services and tools to help you prepare, such as our FedACH Risk® Management Services product suite that can help your financial institution mitigate Automated Clearing House (ACH) risk.
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Collaborate, network and meet Fed experts at upcoming industry events

June 2016

There are many ways to receive your industry news these days – whether you are following it on social media, checking up on blog posts or getting a memo in your inbox. But sometimes it’s still nice to step away from your screen to collaborate, network or hear a speaker on the latest industry topics. Learn more about upcoming industry events, including the Navigating Payments Conference on October 11-13, 2016.
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Stay in touch: FRBservices.org News and Communications help keep you up to date

May 2016

There always seems to be something exciting going on – how can you keep up when the payments industry is moving so fast? FRBservices.org can help keep you informed. Have you noticed our News and Communications tab on the left side navigation? Besides getting the latest news on our homepage, this tab can help you find the latest information you seek.
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Spring into your FEDucation

April 2016

The saying goes that April showers bring May flowers, so why not put those cloudy spring days to good use? Here at the Federal Reserve Banks, we want your April FEDucation to bring May efficiency! As winter becomes a distant memory, it’s a great time to brush up on skills, train staff and reinvigorate efforts to put your best foot forward.
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Resource centers and FAQs: The go-to places for the answers you've been seeking

March 2016

We’ve all been there – that moment when something doesn’t quite click. Maybe you’ve heard the information before, but you just can’t remember that detail you’re missing. Don’t stress. Did you know that FRBservices.org has a robust Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page? There are answers to questions regarding everything from Account Services and Central Bank to FedACH® Services and Treasury Services. In fact, there are 33 sets of FAQs to choose from.
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Kick off spring conference season with the Fed

February 2016

Sometimes getting out of the office is just what you need to get rejuvenated and inspired – and attending exciting industry events can do just that. The Federal Reserve Banks attend many events across the country and even internationally to meet, mingle and collaborate with customers and industry leaders. Learn more about some of the events that we will attend this spring.
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You do the math. 90 events + 3,000 registrants = a whole lot of FEDucation!

January 2016

The new year is a time for reinvigorated motivation, new goals and refreshed mindsets. It’s also a good time to look back at the year past. What successes did you see? What habits do you want to lose or keep? How can what you learned propel you into an even more successful year? Approximately 3,000 people attended our events last year – were you one of them?
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From Twitter to E-Alerts: Stay up-to-date with the Federal Reserve Banks

December 2015

3…2…1…blast off! Federal Reserve Bank Services is now on Twitter! We are excited to announce the launch of our Twitter account: @FRBservices, your new source for Federal Reserve Bank Services updates. Whether you’re on Twitter or not, don’t forget about our other communication channels. We have a variety of resources to fit your needs.
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Celebrate American Education Week by boosting your FEDucation

November 2015

This year, the National Education Association has set aside November 16-20 to celebrate American Education Week. Like teachers across the country, the Federal Reserve Banks work hard to provide a top-notch education to financial institutions or, as we like to call it, a FEDucation. Let’s take a look at a few of our complimentary 24/7 on-demand webcasts.
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FedACH® Services: Article Archives

Capital Bank embraces the ease and automation of the FedPayments® Reporter Service

April 2016

Capital Bank, N.A., headquartered in Maryland, recently signed up for the FedPayments® Reporter Service. A mid-sized bank dedicated to serving the diverse needs of business owners in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Capital Bank is focused on technology and automation. We spoke with Norma Mattison, vice president of deposit operations at Capital Bank, who has over 30 years of banking experience. She shared her thoughts on the technology evolution and the automation that the FedPayments Reporter Service provides.
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'Tis the season to report ACH data and demonstrate processes

December 2015

As anyone involved with Automated Clearing House (ACH) operations knows, there are a lot of moving parts involved in the processing of ACH transactions. At year-end, it seems that another layer of data and accountability reporting can be added on top of day-to-day tasks. The FedACH FedPayments® Reporter Service can help by automating some of the data gathering, reporting and report delivery tasks for you. Make sure it’s on your wish list.
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FedCash® Services: Article Archives

Do you know what to do with suspect counterfeit notes?

August 2016

Accepting a counterfeit note could lead to a real financial loss for individuals or businesses. If you suspect that your institution has received a counterfeit note, contact your local police department or local U.S. Secret Service office. Learn how you can review the security and design features of U.S. currency with free resources from the U.S. Currency Education Program.
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Federal Reserve Banks begin conversion to new internal cash transactional system

August 2016

With $1.4 trillion of U.S. currency in circulation, cash occupies an important position in the financial system. To maintain the public’s confidence in U.S. currency and increase efficiency in the cash system, the Federal Reserve is continuously taking steps to enhance its cash processing technology. This summer, the Reserve Banks began to convert to the new internal cash transactional system office by office, with the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco leading the way.
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FedCash® Services stands at the ready come rain or shine

June 2016

Demand for cash spikes during weather disruptions. Why is cash so important during those times? It is the most popular backup payment option, and it could help you pick up much needed supplies that are unavailable with a credit card, debit card or electronic payment option if power or telecommunication networks are down. Through hurricanes and other natural disasters, we’ve learned how important it is to plan ahead.
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2016 marks the seventh year of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program

January 2016

For the seventh year, the Federal Reserve Banks are preparing for the continuation of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. Since 2010, the U.S. Mint has issued five new quarter-dollar coins each year featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites. All 56 coins in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program are expected to be introduced by 2021. Learn more about the quarters scheduled for release in 2016.
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Take advantage of the U.S. Currency Education Program's new Online Training Module

January 2016

Do you know what to look for to spot a potential counterfeit banknote? Do you know how to use the security features in genuine U.S. currency? Our new Online Training Module was designed to help you learn how to quickly authenticate genuine U.S. currency and spot potential fakes. It takes only 20 minutes to complete the module, and you’ll have the chance to test your knowledge as you learn.
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What is meaningful access for U.S. currency?

December 2015

For many people, identifying the denomination of a banknote is fairly straightforward, but for the blind and visually impaired community, it can be a significant challenge. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) commissioned a study in 2008 that analyzed the needs of this community, examined options to improve access and performed a cost impact analysis. Learn more about the BEP's three recommendations based on the results from the study.
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Check out the U.S. Currency Education Program's new website

November 2015

Did you know that the estimated lifespan for a $1 note is 5.8 years whereas the estimated lifespan for a $100 note is 15 years? More U.S. currency facts like this are available on the U.S. Currency Education Program’s new website, uscurrency.gov, which provides educational tools that allow users to explore all the designs and denominations of Federal Reserve notes.
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FedLine® Access Solutions: Article Archives

FedLine Advantage® with a secondary VPN device helps make Warthen Bank stronger

July 2016

The Geo. D. Warthen Bank has a long history of overcoming obstacles. Established in 1871, the bank has withstood regional agricultural shifts and national crises, all while continuing to serve its customers. Warthen Bank may not be able to predict service disruptions, but it has taken steps to help minimize interruptions. Learn how Warthen Bank used its secondary virtual private network (VPN) device to continue accessing Fed services during an internet disruption.
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Bull's Eye Credit Union moves up the FedLine® access solutions chain

July 2016

Over time, we understand that your organization’s needs may change and require different solutions to meet new demands. To accommodate the different needs of our customers, the Federal Reserve Banks offer multiple access solutions for financial services. Bull’s Eye Credit Union is a mid-sized Wisconsin financial institution and has been working its way up the FedLine® chain of access solutions. Learn more about Bull’s Eye’s transition from FedLine Web® to FedLine Advantage® and its plans to move to FedLine Command®.
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FedLine Advantage® helps Roxboro Savings Bank streamline its wire processing

February 2016

The FedLine Web® access solution is a cost-effective online connection that offers a broad range of information services, including FedACH® Services, FedCash® Services, Accounting and Billing information. However, did you know that there are even more options available to you if you transition to the FedLine Advantage® access solution?  Read on to learn about Roxboro Savings Bank’s transition from FedLine Web to the FedLine Advantage access solution.
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FedLine access solutions are your connection to broad network reach and valuable end-user resources

January 2016

Each new year brings with it the habitual list of resolutions. This year, resolve to take full advantage of the contemporary technology, flexible options for payment clearing and information services and value-added resources the Federal Reserve Banks’ suite of FedLine® access solutions provides. A variety of innovative product offerings are available for financial institutions of all sizes. Learn more about the suite of flexible and comprehensive options.
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Automated ACH processes with FedLine Command® help Southwest Bank prepare for winter

November 2015

Mother Nature can be unpredictable. Automating your Automated Clearing House (ACH) processes can help you prepare for whatever winter weather may come your way and give you peace of mind. Did you know that the FedLine Command® access solution can fully automate your transaction and reporting processes from start to finish? That’s exactly what Southwest Bank chose to do.  
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Fedwire® Services: Article Archives

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General: Article Archives

Fed Facts: What designates a federal holiday?

October 2016

In the U.S., a federal holiday is one that is recognized by the U.S. Government and is designated by Congress in Title V of the U.S. Code 6103 – Holidays, which allows Congress the authority to create holidays only for federal institutions. Have you ever wondered how these days were identified and what designates a federal holiday? Find out in this month's edition of Fed Facts.
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Fed Facts: Keep current with the Fed's wide assortment of publications

September 2016

Federal Reserve customers know that FedFocus and FedFlash® are the places to go for hot industry topics and Federal Reserve Financial Services news. But did you know that there are many more Federal Reserve publications to help keep you up to date? The Board of Governors and the 12 Reserve Banks each produces its own collection of publications. Check out this month’s edition of Fed Facts to see what your district offers!
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You spoke, we listened: Federal Reserve Financial Services forms get a makeover

September 2016

If you fill out a Federal Reserve Financial Services form on FRBservices.org in the near future, you might notice a few changes to its look and feel. Based on feedback from customers, we are streamlining our forms to give them a more consistent layout for easier completion. We know filling out forms can sometimes be a daunting task, so it is our goal to make the process as easy as we can.
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"Au"gust Fed Facts: Medals, gold and an underground vault

August 2016

The month of August perfectly introduces the focus of this issue’s Fed Facts article with its first two letters, “Au” — the symbol for gold on the periodic table. We’ve all been anticipating the excitement of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil starting on August 5. As Olympians begin their quest for medals, let’s weigh in on the element currently on many people’s minds: gold!
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Fed Facts: The importance of education

July 2016

At this time each year, we find ourselves in the midst of the dog days of summer. A little over a month ago, anxious students participated in end-of-school festivities and hopeful graduates donned their caps and gowns. A little over a month from now, the start of a new school year will roll around — once again — far too soon. In this edition of Fed Facts, we’ll highlight commencement speeches given by Fed officials and promote the Fed’s financial literacy resources.
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Fed Facts: Celebrating the "Fathers" of the Fed

June 2016

In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday. Now Father’s Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the third Sunday of June and serves as a way to honor fathers and father figures. Celebrate this year’s Father’s Day by learning about the many “fathers” who were crucial in the founding of the Fed, including Alexander Hamilton and President Woodrow Wilson.
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Fed Facts: Wherever you roam, let the Fed add education to your vacation

May 2016

With warmer weather on its way, vacation season is just around the corner. Wherever your travels take you, chances are you won’t be too far from a Federal Reserve Bank. Most Reserve Banks have museums, and many offer tours, all of which are free. Check out what’s available in this month’s edition of Fed Facts, and make the Fed part of your summer plans!
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Fed Facts: Cash in on a wealth of personal finance resources

April 2016

With tax day right around the corner, let’s focus this month’s Fed Facts article on the abundance of personal finance materials available from the Federal Reserve. Customers not only rely on their financial institutions to safeguard their funds, they also seek materials to help equip and empower them to make good financial decisions. Pass these resources along.
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Fed Facts: A glance at historic firsts for Fed women

March 2016

Since the Federal Reserve was founded in 1913, men with intriguing names such as Canby, Preston, Ogden and Marriner have made great strides in shaping the nation’s central bank. A few years prior, in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. Since International Women's Day is coming up and since March is Women's History Month, let’s take a look at a few of the women who figure prominently in the Federal Reserve’s history.  
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Fed Facts: There are only 12 of them serving the entire U.S.

February 2016

Each February, our country pays tribute to U.S. presidents, and we bankers get to enjoy a federal holiday on the 15th due to the observance of George Washington’s birthday. Along those same lines, let’s take a look at the important role our 12 Federal Reserve Bank presidents play. Keep reading to meet the Federal Reserve Bank presidents and learn more about how they are selected and how long they serve.
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Inquiring minds want to know ... be sure to check out the new Fed Facts article each month

January 2016

Have you ever pondered such questions as “Who owns the Federal Reserve?” or “Does the Federal Reserve own or hold gold?”? If so, you’ll be interested to learn that we’ve added a new Fed Facts article to FedFocus each month. In it, we’ll share some fascinating and little known tidbits about the Fed. To get us started, let’s take a look at the robust FederalReserveEducation.org website. This site is chock-full of info that’s geared toward educators, students and consumers.
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Federal Reserve Banks announce 2016 pricing and product changes

November 2015

The Federal Reserve Banks value the relationship we have with you, and we strive to deliver products and services that meet your needs. We continue to look to the future as we make strategic investments in the security and reliability of our services. Many of the changes in 2016 reflect our goal to achieve greater end-to-end efficiency for payments and enhance our payment, settlement and risk management services. We look forward to serving you in 2016.  


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Industry Perspective: Article Archives

Introducing the Business Payments Coalition: The former Remittance Coalition broadens its mission

October 2016

One of the five desired outcomes, as outlined in the Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System paper, is for the Federal Reserve to collaborate with industry stakeholders to improve payments efficiency. In the U.S., opportunities to improve payment system efficiency are especially significant in business-to-business (B2B) transactions, which include the invoice, payment and remittance detail. With that in mind, we wish a happy fifth anniversary to the Business Payments Coalition.
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Putting All Our Payment Eggs in a Single Basket

April 2016

The February 1, 2016, Take On Payments weekly blog featured an article entitled, “Putting All Our Payment Eggs in a Single Basket” written by Julius Weyman, vice president of the Retail Payments Risk Forum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. We are sharing a reprint of the article, which discusses how multiple payment channels and options mean less concentration of risk.
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The Federal Reserve is making strides to adopt ISO® 20022 in the U.S.

March 2016

The Federal Reserve Banks have been collaborating with several other organizations known as the Stakeholder Group to prepare for the adoption of the ISO® 20022 standard for domestic and international wire and integration with and/or potential conversion for domestic Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments. Learn more about the plans for the two major wire transfer systems in the U.S., the Federal Reserve Banks’ Fedwire® Funds Service and The Clearing House’s CHIPS® funds-transfer system, along with the next steps for the ACH network.
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Celebrating the anniversary of Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System

February 2016

On January 26, 2016, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System, a multi-faceted plan for collaborating with payment system stakeholders to enhance the speed, safety and efficiency of the U.S. payment system. To highlight the past year of collaboration, the Federal Reserve has released a Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System – February 2016 Progress Report.
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Risk Management: Article Archives

Email viruses and spyware: How to reduce your risk

May 2016

Over the last few months, we have been examining common email security threats in our FedFocus articles “Email fraud — It's only getting more sophisticated" and “Help protect your email inbox from spam and phishing.” This month’s article is the final installment in the series, and its focus will be email viruses and spyware. We will look at how to identify them and the actions your organization can take to reduce the risk of being a victim of these threats. We encourage you to consult your institution’s information security team to learn more about email fraud and the tools used to counteract it.


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Help protect your email inbox from spam and phishing

March 2016

In the January 2015 FedFocus article, “Email fraud — It's only getting more sophisticated,” we provided a basic overview of some of the most common email security threats: spam, phishing, malware and viruses. In a future issue, we will explore the latter two, but now we want to take a deeper dive into spam and phishing. Education plays a key role in combatting email fraud, and we encourage you to work with your institution’s information security team to learn more.
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New toolbox launched to help you build up your risk management program

March 2016

We know that building a risk management program requires you to have a variety of tools on hand. That’s why the Federal Reserve recently launched a Risk Management Toolbox to help you better mitigate risk by using our information services. The toolbox guides you through a series of potential risks that present challenges to institutions like yours. Learn more about how our services can help further enhance your risk management efforts.
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Email fraud — It's only getting more sophisticated

January 2016

Since the early 1990s, businesses have been using email as a cost-effective communication, collaboration and information-sharing tool. Email has, for many organizations, become the primary method for corresponding with colleagues, customers and business partners. Unfortunately, adversaries often take advantage of this reliance on email to attack information infrastructures. Read on for an overview of some of the most common email security threats.
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Treasury Services: Article Archives

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eBusiness: Article Archives

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