3 Ways to Improve Your Bank's #Cybersecurity Today

Posted by Mikki Ware on October 4, 2017

If you’re a banker, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been there, done that, and gotten the t-shirt when it comes to understanding social media risk. Regulatory compliance – check. Reputation management –  check. But there is one more shadowy figure that has stepped into the spotlight in the last few years: cybersecurity. Even though security breaches aren’t necessarily associated with social media use, adding any element that introduces a third party can be a potential threat. The most recent breach occurred in July 2017 when Equifax was hit by a record-breaking hack that affected as many as 2.5 million people.

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, Cybersecurity, cybersecurity, gremlin, Reputation Management, social media, social media compliance, social media for banking, Social Media for Banking, social media monitoring

Beyond the Breach: Cybersecurity and Social Media

Posted by Mikki Ware on May 3, 2017


If you’re in a regulated industry, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been there, done that, and gotten the t-shirt when it comes to understanding social media risk. Regulatory compliance – check. Reputation management –  check. But there is one more shadowy figure not often discussed: cybersecurity. Even though security breaches aren’t necessarily associated with social media use, adding any element that introduces a third party can be a potential threat. In 2014, large-scale breaches at JP Morgan Chase and several big box retailers resulted in financial firms pledging to increase cybersecurity budgets by $2 billion. In 2015, FINRA released its Report on Cyber-Security Practices, which offered risk management practices for financial firms. 

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, Cybersecurity, cybersecurity, gremlin, Reputation Management, social media, social media compliance, social media for banking, Social Media for Banking

TRID: Countdown to Compliance for Mortgage Lenders

Posted by Mikki Ware on July 1, 2015

Mortgage lenders have been required to provide two different disclosure forms to borrowers under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) since the early 1970’s. However, inconsistencies in wording and content prompted a revision of the forms, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) began that process in July of 2012. In November of 2013, they issued their final rule, integrating TILA and RESPA disclosures.

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Topics: compliance, mortgage, social media compliance, Social Media for Mortgage Banks

3 Tips to Avoid Social Media Compliance Crises

Posted by Mikki Ware on May 6, 2015

In 2012 Gene Morphis, the former CFO of Francesca’s Collections, revealed sensitive company information on his Twitter account in advance of the company’s annual report to the SEC. It was later revealed that the CFO had often communicated inappropriate company information on social media, which led to his termination from the company.

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, FFIEC, Reputation Management, social media, Social Media, social media compliance, twitter

Compliance Officers – Don’t Get Social Without These 5 Tools

Posted by Mikki Ware on April 23, 2015

The life of a compliance officer can be stressful, particularly when regulated industries make the foray into social media. Not only are there mine fields of regulations to maneuver – your company runs the risk of employees going rogue or accidentally mixing personal and business accounts. One wrong move, and it’s Fine City, population YOUR BANK. What’s a compliance officer to do?

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, social media, social media compliance, social media for banking, social media policy

IIROC Guidance On Social Media Communications

Posted by Mikki Ware on April 16, 2015

What a difference a decade makes when finance meets technology. Notice MR0281, originally issued by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) in 2004, provided guidance for securities dealers on the nature of communications materials, including advertising and correspondence with clients. But that’s not all - IIROC Rule 29.7 (supplemented by IIROC Notice 11-0349) requires firms to produce proof of these materials during regulatory audits.

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, financial services, FINRA, IIROC, social media, social media compliance

OSFI Cyber Security Self-Assessment Guidance - Is Your Bank At Risk?

Posted by Mikki Ware on April 3, 2015

In February 2011, the Canadian government was attacked by foreign hackers using IP addresses from China. The hackers infiltrated Defense Research and Development Canada, a move that forced the Finance Department and Treasury Board to shut down internet access - but not before the hackers accessed highly classified federal information. While we may cheer the lovable anti-hero hackers in the movies, cyber attacks on the financial industry pose real-world threats. With that in mind, the OSFI (Office of the Superintendent of Financial institutions) released the Cyber Security Self-Assessment Guidance for federally regulated financial institutions (FRFI’s) in November, 2013.

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Topics: banks, Canada, compliance, ofsi, regulation, Social Media for Banking

FFIEC FAQ: What Social Media Guidance Means for Financial Services

Posted by Paul Rauner on March 25, 2015


By now it’s no secret that financial services companies need to adhere to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) guidance regarding social media use. Gremlin Social customers are not only looking for social media compliance tools, but also guidance on how the tools specifically address their compliance needs. Here we’ve broken down the FFIEC rules into frequently asked questions, and shed some light how the rules apply to your social media and risk management programs.

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, facebook, FFIEC, financial services, linkedin, regulation, social media, social media compliance, twitter

Facebook, and Heartbleed, and Compliance, Oh My! 2014 In Review

Posted by Mikki Ware on December 24, 2014

It’s December, which means it’s time for the obligatory year in review post! What a year it has been. From Facebook’s seemingly constant newsfeed changes to the financial industry attempting to make its peace with social media through new compliance regulations, it has been an exciting time in digital marketing. Here are our picks for what was hot and happening in 2014:

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Topics: compliance, Cybersecurity, facebook, FFIEC, social media, Social Media, social media compliance, Social Media Education, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Updates, Year In Review

Engage & Convert: How Financial Services Can Build Relationships on Social Media

Posted by Mikki Ware on October 23, 2014

We’ve all heard the terms B2B and B2C – but when it comes to social media, isn’t it all about P2P? In other words, people communicating with other people. Of course, as a business, the end goal is sales, but you can’t lose sight of thought leadership and consumer needs to get there. In fact, studies show that 71% of consumers who experience a quick and effective brand response on social media are likely to recommend that brand to others, compared to just 19% of customers who do not receive a response. The net net – social media isn't just about broadcasting your brands message, but responding and relating to people online.

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, facebook, financial services, gremlin, linkedin, social media, Social Media, social media compliance, Social Media Education, twitter, Uncategorized

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