BITS, the technology policy division of FSR, addresses emerging technology and operational opportunities for the financial services industry. It has the expertise to help FSR’s members manage risk particularly in cybersecurity, fraud reduction, vendor management and critical infrastructure protection. BITS helps shape public policy coming out of Washington and helps companies understand and stay ahead of the latest public policy issues. Because of its diverse membership, it facilitates collaboration to improve the e-commerce environment for member companies in ways that nobody else can.


  • CTO Corner: Do Drones Have a Role in Financial Services

    The BITS CTO Corner for January explores the potential impact of drones on financial institutions, including whether and how they may be applied, and the challenges they present with respect to resiliency, security, privacy, and regulatory compliance.

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    January 2015

  • CTO Corner: Four Forces Facing FIs

    This article identifies four forces facing financial institutions -- economic, technology, terrorism/cybersecurity, and the environment. It discusses the trends these forces are driving along with concluding thoughts for business leaders.

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    December 2014

  • CTO Corner: Sharing Economy

    The “sharing economy” is gaining mindshare and attention as evidenced by the rapid growth and billion dollar valuations of companies such as Uber1 and Airbnb2. This article discusses what is meant by the sharing economy, the factors contributing to its emergence and growth, how it is starting to disrupt a number of mainstream industries, the various issues, concerns, and challenges it poses, and how it may impact the financial sector.

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    October 2014

  • FSSCC Letter Submitted to NIST on the Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework

    On December 13, FSSCC submitted a letter to NIST on the Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework. NIST is in the process of evaluating all responses, which are available at We will continue to work with NIST through the process. The final Framework is anticipated in early February. Read the Letter

    December 2013

  • BITS Testifies on Digital Currency

    BITS President Paul Smocer testified to the Senate Banking Subcommittees on the opportunities and risks of digital currencies, specifically Bitcoin. Senators discussed their concerns with digital currencies and the potential need to increase regulation. Full testimony

    November 2013

  • BITS Mortgage Servicing Fraud Employee Toolkit

    The toolkit provides awareness and education for employees of financial institutions. It examines common mortgage servicing fraud schemes, identifies red flags and best practices, and provides tools and tactics for employees to leverage as they work to recognize these threats when dealing with customers. Read more

    October 2013

  • BITS Mobile Technology - Layered Security Model

    The BITS Mobile Technology Layered Security Model supplements the previously published BITS Mobile Financial Services Threat Assessment. The model is a tool for financial services leaders to manage risks associated with mobile banking services, including understanding the risks, corresponding controls, and the dynamics of the mobile ecosystem. Read more Press release

    June 2013

  • Fraud Advisory on Questionable Tax Refund Scenarios

    BITS created a fraud advisory on questionable income tax refunds, oulining suspect scenarios, details and characteristics of the scenarios, red flags, and detection and prevention strategies for financial institutions that process tax refund deposits. It is meant to help institutions recognize scenarios that are potentially fraudulent. The advisory was developed in collaboration with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the BITS Fraud Reduction Program.

    April 2013

  • Social Media Guidance Comments to FFIEC

    On March 25, BITS filed comments to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) on the proposed Social Media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance. The letter requests a more specific definition of social media, identifies implementation challenges as social media sites are defined by Terms of Use and not contracts, and asks for specific clarifications to the summaries on applicable consumer regulations. Read more

    March 2013

  • Financial Top Level Domains (fTLDs)

    fTLD Registry Services, LLC (fTLD), a joint venture between The Financial Services Roundtable and the American Bankers Association, submitted applications to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to operate two generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), .bank and .insurance, on behalf of the financial services industry. If awarded, consumers will be assured they are accessing legitimate financial companies and transacting through the most secure cyber environment available today. [Press Release] [BITS gTLD History] [fTLD wewbsite]

    May 2012