Conference of State Bank Supervisors Updates Ransomware Self-Assessment Tool

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) has released an update (version 2.0) to the Ransomware Self-Assessment Tool (R-SAT) for financial institutions. The R-SAT, which was developed in collaboration with the Bankers Electronic Crimes Task Force, state bank regulators and the U.S. Secret Service, was originally released in October 2020. According to the Texas Department … Read more

North Dallas Bank and Trust Hires Harkins as Chief Information Officer

North Dallas Bank and Trust Co. (NDBT) has hired Shane Harkins to serve as chief information officer. He joins after serving the past 13 years as vice president/director of enterprise cloud infrastructure at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas. In his new role, Harkins is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s information technology and … Read more

Latest Texas Bank Report Balances Optimistic Outlook with Continuing Hurdles

The February 2022 edition of the Texas Bank Report, published by the Texas Department of Banking, is now available on the department’s website. It includes September 30, 2021, financial data. “Many observers anticipated tough times for the financial service industry in the early days of the pandemic; however, nearly two years later, this has not … Read more

Building—and Rebuilding—the Texas Economy One Business at a Time

As COVID vaccinations increase and mask mandates subside, businesses are beginning to draw sighs of relief, hoping that the worst is behind us and the future brings some sense of normalcy. But there is no doubt that the past 14 months have been fraught with anxiety, not only for the health of our population, but … Read more

SWGSB to Focus on Mission-Critical Duties at Upcoming Virtual Workshop for Bank Directors

The Southwestern Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) at Southern Methodist University will present its spring Workshop for Bank Directors in a virtual format via Zoom on the afternoons of March 17–19. This spring’s program, “An In-Depth Look at Mission-Critical Duties and Responsibilities,” will be led by the industry’s best and brightest and focus on what … Read more

USAA Federal Savings Bank Names Gordon and Nash to Senior Executive Appointments

San Antonio-based USAA Federal Savings Bank is adding to its senior leadership team. In late October, the company announced two senior leadership additions focused on protecting members from fraud, driving technological capabilities and leveraging member data. Dave Gordon recently joined USAA Federal Savings Bank as senior vice president, chief technology and data officer, overseeing teams responsible … Read more

Community Bankers Launch Ed. @ Your Desk Virtual Education Series

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) launched its Ed. @ Your Desk virtual education series on October 13. The program, part of the community banking association’s 2020 unCONVENTIONal virtual convention, will feature new sessions every Tuesday and Thursday through December 17. Ed. @ Your Desk will cover a wide range of topics, including accounting, … Read more

Texas Banking Commissioner Cooper Re-Appointed to FSOC

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) has re-appointed Texas Department of Banking Commissioner Charles G. Cooper to serve his second two-year term as the state banking representative on the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC). Title I of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act created the FSOC to monitor the safety and stability … Read more