representatives from state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency communities of practice and is intended to
provide an opportunity for responders across the nation to simultaneously participate in a hazard-specific
facilitated discussion. Participants will need to connect via a site equipped with the appropriate VTC capability
(not Adobe Connect or Face Time-based), but alternate ways to participate are also available upon request.
To participate, send an email to Doug Kahn at email@example.com or call 301-447-7645. Also, send a
courtesy copy email to the Integrated Emergency Management Branch at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
(301) 447-1381. Additional information is available at https://training.fema.gov/programs/emivttx.aspx.
OTHER SECURITY/FRAUD NEWS
► FS-ISAC Community Institution Weekly Risk Reports
Recent FS-ISAC weekly Risk Summary Reports have highlighted the following:
Top 10 states most vulnerable to identity theft and fraud in 2016;
Impact of same day ACH on fraud;
2017 cybersecurity predictions;
Information about the FS-ISAC Spring Summit; and more.
ABA members can access the report by visiting the FS-ISAC section of the ABA Cybersecurity/Fraud
► Smart Card Alliance Offers Resources on Contactless Payments
The Smart Card Alliance – a nonprofit association dedicated to fostering the adoption of smart card
technology – has published three new resources to help merchants and card issuers understand the value
and benefits of contactless payments, such as those made with mobile phones or wearable devices. The
resources include infographics that highlight the benefits of issuing and accepting contactless payment
methods and a Q&A document that addresses questions surrounding contactless payment security. View the
infographics. View the Q&As.
► FTC Pass it On Campaign
The Federal Trade Commission recently launched a consumer campaign designed to encourage people to
talk to their friends, neighbors, and relatives about scams. The “Pass it On” campaign provides articles,
presentations and videos to educate consumers on identity theft, imposter and healthcare scams; charity
fraud, and more. Also included are press releases, newsletter articles, web buttons and social media
messages. Read more.
► Free Materials Available for National Consumer Protection Week
National Consumer Protection Week, scheduled for March 5-11, 2017, is an annual event held to help people
understand their consumer rights, make well-informed decisions about money, and spot scams. The FTC
encourages companies to get involved by planning events such as forums, workshops or seminars to share
information and tools and writing blogs and articles for use in publications. Resources developed by the FTC
to aid in such efforts are available here. The FTC also offers free publications on avoiding scams, managing
debt, identity theft, and more. To have your materials in time for NCPW, visit ftc.gov/bulkorder and place
your order by February 1, 2017.
NICHOLS OUTLINES TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR 115th CONGRESS
In a January 4 letter to congressional leadership, ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols outlined several pro-growth policy priorities “that will help our nation’s economy and communities thrive.” These policy goals include