Financial institutions have been around for centuries, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t susceptible to various threats. Banks Oregon, for instance, can be the target of anyone from cyberterrorist to corrupt managers. An Oregon credit union, although arguably smaller, can be confronted with the dangers as any commercial bank.
In this case, the question everybody is asking is who can help them and make sure that their money is kept safe.
There are a few measures that banks and credit unions can take in order to keep clients and their deposits safe, but there also are some federal institutions ready to help and oversee that everything is kept safe and that clients don’t have to suffer large losses.
Who Supervises the Activity of Banks in Oregon?
Banks, although they have been around for hundreds of years, can still be affected by market crashes, cyber-attacks and all sorts of events that can and will make the banks’ clients lose money.
All financial institutions have, over the years, invested massive amounts in making their systems as safe as possible in order to reassure clients that nothing and no one can get to their deposits. And still this can happen from time to time. Banks Oregon have to take precautions not just against outside threats, but inside threats as well.
This is where it gets tricky for them. Outside threats are easier to spot and take measures against. Inside weaknesses are harder to detect and can come in many shapes and sizes. From humble tellers to executives and board members, almost anyone that has access to the banks’ money can present a virtual threat. That is why special mechanisms had to be put in place in order to supervise the activity of banks and to make sure that deposits and accounts are safe from any kind of foul play.
Banks Oregon generally have several ways of making sure that the money their clients deposit with them are kept safe. The first one is the internal security systems that the bank installs.
These include anything from old school alarms, in case of break-ins or armed robberies, and all the way to high tech solutions such as digitally scanning employees when entering various areas and restricting access to some, in order to keep a strict check on who is allowed to go where. Also, more and more banks are investing in security systems that cover the non-physical part of the business. That means that sophisticated software is used in order to ensure that bank accounts and client information databases are kept safe from any possible hacking attempts.
These usually consist of a series of firewalls, that are managed by a subcontractor, in order to make illegally accessing of sensitive information as close to impossible as they can.
But these systems still have some limitations. This is why, besides all the bells and whistles banks Oregon use in order to make their clients feel safe when doing business with them, they also have a series of governing bodies that ensure that things operate smoothly and that peoples’ money are safe. Maybe the most well-known such body is the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
The FDIC for short, is a government corporation that makes sure that deposits made with commercial banks all across the United States are insured in case of major events such as depressions, stock market crashes or other events that might influence and impact the financial system. It was created in 1933, under president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, through the Banking Act, and it has gone through some major changes during its existence.
The most notable of them was the increase of insurance caps for various types of deposits. Today, the FDIC offers insurance for many types of accounts, among them being single accounts, joint accounts, irrevocable trust accounts, employee benefit plan accounts and government accounts. Of course, banks have to comply to certain rules before they can qualify for FDIC insurance, but it is good to know that someone is looking out for your money and has your back even if your bank might run into some trouble along the way.
What About an Oregon Credit Union?
Credit unions, although traditionally smaller than banks, do run into some of the same problems as banks do. For instance, how does an Oregon credit union make sure that the deposits of people that do business with it are kept safe. Well, credit unions have their own security measures put into place in order to prevent any kind of wrong-doings.
Firstly, most of them do have some serious onsite security measures, such as alarms and controlled access to certain areas. Although they might not invest as much as commercial banks Oregon do in offices and agencies, they do take security measures very seriously.
That means that, although not as flashy as a banks’ headquarters, an Oregon credit union does have security personnel and various safety measures, just in case. Also, sometimes being smaller isn’t a bad thing. Because their offices aren’t as big, and not as many, this makes them a smaller target for anybody from the outside that might have less than honorable intentions.
Another way that an Oregon credit union can make sure that their clients’ money is safe is by associating with a bigger company with much better security protocols and measures. For instance, many credit unions don’t have their own ATM networks. So, in order to be able to help their clients wherever they might need it, they work with other ATM service providers.
This means that part of the responsibility of keeping client data safe is transferred to that network. This way credit unions increase their security measures and also help their clients keep their sensitive data safe.
How Does The NCUA Help an Oregon Credit Union?
The National Credit Union Administration is, along with the FDIC, the second governmental agency that oversees the way that credit unions around the country work. It was created by the US Congress and, as of the end of last year, insures 5,099 state-chartered credit unions nationwide. That means that they are responsible with taking care of over $1.84 trillion in assets and $1.16 trillion in loans.
The NCUA began in 1934, as part of presidents’ Roosevelt New Deal policy, with the signing of the Federal Credit Union Act. After its creation it went through a series of changes, including the shifting of regulatory responsibility.
Initially named the Bureau of Federal Credit Unions, it was under FDIC administration in the beginning. Afterwards it moved from the Federal Security Agency and even to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. As of 1970, due to the growing number of credit unions and of credit union members, the Bureau was renamed as the NCUA and, thanks to the creation of the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund by the US Congress, it became an independent agency.