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Small CU Workshop Features Data Security Session
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:30 AM

The Cornerstone Credit Union League provides training workshops for small credit unions each year. In May, Cornerstone offers a Small Credit Union Workshop in three locations:

More information and registration.

Cybersecurity threats are no longer limited to large credit union targets. In fact, small institutions have been identified as vulnerable entry points for cyber terrorists to infiltrate larger networks in stealth operations designed to disrupt the entire U.S. economy. In hit featured session, "Protect Your Data, Protect Your Members, Data Security Basics," presenter Idrees Rafiq will discuss the proactive measures credit unions can take to protect their data and members' information, including:

  • encrypting sensitive data;
  • developing a comprehensive information security policy;
  • performing due diligence over third parties that handle credit union data;
  • monitoring cybersecurity risk exposure;
  • monitoring transactions;
  • testing security measures; and
  • developing an effective response program

This session will equip you with the knowledge and guidance you need to avoid becoming a statistic, better understand how to prepare for your next exam, and increase your credit union’s information security posture.

Idrees RafiqIdrees Rafiq, Jr. is the AVP of IT consulting with Financial & Technology Resources, Credit Union Resources, Inc. Idrees provides information technology auditing, security, policy development, risk assessments, and compliance consulting. He specializes in leveraging IT and security related issues with compliance, marketing, vendor management, business continuity, and other business operations specific to credit unions ranging from $2 million to over a billion in assets.

Idrees is also experienced in network architecture, infrastructure, administration, management, and support.  Prior to joining CURI, he was an IT director, project manager, and director of purchasing for a multi-million dollar international agency. Idrees holds a BAAS, Bachelor of Business Management from Howard Payne University, and an MBA in Management from Our Lady of the Lake University and serves on the Southwest CUNA Management School faculty.

Other featured topics this year include "Ask the Auditor: The Annual Audit Survival Guide," "Social Media 101," and Hot Topics.

These workshops are open to all small credit union staff, directors, and volunteers. Credit unions affiliated with the Cornerstone Credit Union League are welcome and encouraged to attend any of the workshops.

Educational Investment

The Small CU Workshop is FREE to member credit unions under $50M in assets for up to two attendees from each credit union and only $50 for each additional attendee. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

Grant Assistance

The Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation is accepting grant applications for League training events based on financial need. Applications must be received by application deadlines. Please visit the Foundation’s website to view all grant applications, guidelines and deadlines. Contact Emily Moreno, Foundation Grants Manager, at 469-385-6483 for more information.


Contact Kati Buchanan at 800-442-5762, ext. 6424; 469-385-6424; or

The Small Credit Union Workshops are sponsored by the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation and Credit Union Resources, Inc.