Feb. 17, 2016

Two-day event Aug. 1-2 focuses on techniques, best practices, protection for CUs

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Six things you can do right now to improve your information security is one of the featured sessions at the NASCUS/CUNA Cybersecurity Symposium, Aug. 1-2 in Chicago.

The two-day event, held at the Westin Chicago River North Hotel, picks up where the first two popular annual programs (in 2014 and 2015) left off, with an emphasis on cutting-edge techniques, best practices and procedures that protect credit union organizations from the latest threats. The 2016 program includes more than 13 hours of educational presentations, discussions, demonstrations and panel/group discussions led by cybersecurity experts from across the nation.

The “six things” session will offer a half dozen (and likely more) techniques and tips to fine tune credit union information security programs, and is built for both credit union practitioners and examiners alike.

Other top sessions at the Aug. 1-2 program – which is sponsored in partnership between NASCUS and CUNA – include:

  • Understanding the laws protecting members’ information;
  • Choosing the right cybersecurity risk assessment tool;
  • Cybersecurity, anti-money laundering, and identity theft red flags;
  • Rightsizing the cybersecurity budget; and,
  • Is it safe? Using the cloud.

Leading the program again this year is Tom Schauer of CliftonLarsonAllen in Seattle (formerly CEO of TrustCC). Practicing IT security, audit and compliance since 1986, Schauer started his career as a security analyst and BCP coordinator at a $3.5-billion regional bank. He later led Deloitte's West Coast IT audit and security assessment team, performing technology audits for both financial institutions, manufacturers and others, including Washington Mutual, Bank of America, American Express, Boeing, Starbucks and other Fortune 500 organizations. Using “true breach simulation techniques" his firm of TrustCC hacked into and obtained the highest level of access at about 65% of the banks and credit unions tested and nearly 100% of organizations from other industries. In September, 2015 TrustCC merged with CliftonLarsonAllen.

Registration – which is open now ( for the two-day program -- is $895 for NASCUS- and CUNA-member organizations; registration for non-NASCUS/CUNA members is $1,095. For registration information, contact NASCUS Vice President of Education Isaida Woo at; for program information, contact NASCUS Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brian Knight at

Information Contact:
Patrick Keefe, Vice President, Communications, or (703) 528-5974

The National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS) is the primary resource and voice of the state governmental agencies that charter, regulate and examine the nation’s state-chartered credit unions. NASCUS membership is made up of state-chartered credit unions, state regulators and other supporters of the state credit union system. NASCUS is the only organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of the state credit union charter and the autonomy of state credit union regulatory agencies.