October Is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Fraud and Financial Crime


Germaine Lang

Oct 13, 2020

October 2020 marks the 17th annual Cyber Security Awareness Month #cybersecurityawarenessmonth. sponsored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance, this year's theme serves as a reminder that maintaining vigilance against threats is everyone's responsibility.

“Banks and businesses understand that if the payment is not secure, nothing else matters. Frictionless convenience is more important than ever, but every part of the transaction is under attack from fraud and financial crime—first mile, last mile, and every point between.”

Omri Kletter, VP, Cyber Fraud and Risk Management, Bottomline

The fight on fraud and financial crime - in it together

This year has brought that message 'home' in a very literal way as organizations pivoted to support employees working from home through VPNs and people increasingly turned to online services for business, banking, and other activities normally done in person. And yet the same technology that offers us safety from the pandemic can also leave us open to vulnerability.

Cyber crime levels seem to grow almost in tandem with technological advances as cyber criminals organize into business-like operations. Business email compromise (BEC), insider fraud and account takeovers are on the rise even as fraud prevention measures embrace sophisticated tactics such as artificial intelligence, multi-factor authentication, and machine learning analytics.

In support of your efforts to thwart cybercriminals, SmartPayments has put together a collection of podcasts, articles, and on-demand webinars to help you stay informed about the latest developments in cybersecurity.

About this Collection

SmartPayments will continue to shape this dynamic collection as new articles, reports, and podcasts become available.


  • "How fraud and financial crime will look in 2025" -- In this podcast, Omri Kletter, VP, Cyber Fraud and Risk Management, a participant in Aite Group’s Financial Crime Forum, share's his thoughts on the changing payment landscape, the sophistication of fraudsters, what can we expect, and how should we prepare.
  • "The Duty of Care against Cybercrime" -- This episode of the Payments Podcast features James Richardson, Head of Market Development for Risk and Compliance, as he examines the responsibility organizations have when customers trust them with their payments, money and data.


Whitepapers and Reports

On-Demand Webinars

  • "Know Who You Pay" -- Jack Gianella and Andrew Scarborough, Bottomline's Payments and Cyberfraud team, discuss the increasing threat of fraud and how businesses can ensure they are paying the right person.
  • "COVID-19 Fraud Tactics Targeting Business Payments" -- Chris Gerda, Risk and Fraud Prevention Officer, discusses how 240 million COVID-related daily spam messages are blocked by Google and what you can do about the ones that get through.


For further insights into the payments and banking industries, subscribe now and stay up-to-date on the latest tips, trends, and topics. You can also check out The Payments Podcast, where experts engage each other on the real world factors impacting the payments and banking.


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Germaine Lang

Germaine Lang is the Managing Editor of SmartPayments with a strong creative and technical writing background across many industries. She also works to engage customers and relate their experiences with vendor products and services, positioning them as innovative thought leaders.
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