Safeguarding Credit Unions with Threat Intelligence

About the Podcast

Cybersecurity experts are increasingly alarmed at how platforms can be exploited to fuel not just financial instability but also to undermine democratic processes and public trust, emphasizing the need for everyone to be careful and well-informed online.

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Key Takeaways:

  • [01:11] Media and social media now more than ever facilitate and allow the spread of information whether that be true information or false information to millions of people in a matter of minutes.
  • [04:26] Con artists and social engineers both rely on the art of manipulation to deceive individuals into giving up confidential information, money, or access to secure systems.
  • [13:33] Educating members is a little trickier but is equally important. Credit unions can leverage their website, social media platforms, and in-branch displays to share bite-sized easily digestible tips for recognizing and avoiding scams. 
  • [22:10] Teach people to slow down and act with intention. Online activity doesn’t demand immediate action and immediate gratification is a big problem. Verify that the security protocols you have in place are still effective and people are still paying attention to them. 

Presented By

Elizabeth Houser
Elizabeth Houser

Director of Cyber Defense  | DefenseStorm

Elizabeth Houser is the Director of Cyber Defense for DefenseStorm and has engaged in roles ranging from security engineer and Security Operations Center (SOC) manager to her current responsibilities for social engineering, vulnerability management, and tabletop services. Prior to joining DefenseStorm, Elizabeth volunteered at King County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit while completing her degree in Information Security and Digital Forensics, being awarded Volunteer of the Year for her service. In addition to earning the CISSP, Elizabeth’s certifications include the CISA, CISM, CRISC, and CGEIT from ISACA as well as a Master of Library Information Science degree from the University of Washington and an MS in Entomology from the University of Tennessee. Elizabeth currently serves on the Computer Information Systems advisory board for Edmonds College.

James Bruhl
James Bruhl

Director of Cyber Threat Intelligence  | DefenseStorm

James Bruhl is the Director of Cyber Threat Intelligence at DefenseStorm, bringing 15 years of extensive experience as a dedicated law enforcement officer, where he acquired valuable skills in crime prevention, evidence collection, investigative techniques, and crisis management. Driven by a passion for technological advancements and the ever-evolving landscape of digital threats, he transitioned to the field of digital forensics, incident response, and cybersecurity. In his role, he honed his skills in analyzing digital evidence, identifying cyber threats, and implementing robust security measures specializing in forensic examinations on various devices to uncover critical information and support investigations. He began at DefenseStorm as a security engineer in 2020 and developed DefenseStorm’s EDR Service. James was then appointed as Director of Cyber Threat Intelligence in 2022 and is responsible for nearly all facets of the EDR service. He has been instrumental in proactively detecting and responding to cyber incidents and plays a vital role in incident response teams, coordinating efforts to mitigate the impact of breaches, identify vulnerabilities, and implement strategies to prevent future attacks. He continues to share his expertise by conducting training sessions, participating in conferences, and writing articles on topics related to digital forensics, incident response, and cybersecurity. James holds a bachelor’s in criminal justice from the University of North Georgia and a GCFE certification.