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Introducing Alex Dow

Alex Dow joins PRA Canada in the role of Senior IT Security Advisor. Alex has worked on an impressive list of projects with many organizations such as Bell Canada, Global Relay, IPS, Canaccord Financial, Teck Resources, Talisman Energy, Gibson’s Energy, Translink, Capilano University, Langara College, as well as government agencies. Alex is a post graduate […]

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Introducing Alan Ottnad

Alan Ottnad joins PRA Canada in the role of Senior IT Security Specialist. With experience in building an operational environment within the security requirements at Fiserv, Alan’s focus is now on IT Security Management with a pragmatic approach as PRA Canada’s Senior IT Security Specialist. Most recently at Fiserv as Director, ASP Operations, Alan was […]

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We have a New Look

We felt it was the right time to refresh our image to better represent what PRA is all about. We wanted our look to reflect our brand and represent three key points: Expertise, Connectivity, and Growth. Together, these guiding principles provide a unique perspective and drive the firm to advance (the organization, the people, the […]

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Introducing Scott Betts

Scott Betts joins PRA Group in the role of Director, Risk Services. With over 10 years of experience in a regulatory environment, Scott has a solid understanding of the challenges and pace of regulation. He has an extensive background in developing comprehensive risk assessments for financial institutions for deposit insurance purposes. Scott was previously with […]

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Introducing Alan Cosgrave

Alan Cosgrave – new addition to the PRA Group team as Director, Internal Audit, Lower Mainland. Alan has over 10 years of experience working with internal and external audit, most recently as Internal Audit Manager at Central 1 Credit Union. His areas of expertise include Treasury Accounting, Insurance Accounting, CEO/CFO Certification Testing, Commercial Lending, Retail Lending, and […]

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Emerging Risk: Phishing vs. Spear Phishing: How to defend against these attacks?

Almost every internet user with an email account has received emails pretending to originate at some financial institution or other well-known entity, most often in bad English and likely from an organisation that they do not have any relation to. All of these urge the recipient to click on some link to prevent some dire […]

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Emerging Risk: End of Support Windows XP and Office 2003

The extended support period of Microsoft Windows XP, potentially ends April 8, 2014. Extended support for Office 2003 may also end on this date. After this date, Microsoft may no longer identify vulnerabilities or release any security patches for these products. Microsoft may also no longer offer free or paid support for these products. Furthermore, […]

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Emerging Risk: April 2014, “Heartbleed” Vulnerability in OpenSSL

There is growing media coverage regarding the “Heartbleed” vulnerability. It will arise in Credit Unions that make use of open SSL. This vulnerability will be mitigated in part by Credit Unions who use Microsoft Internet Information Services. Credit Unions more likely to be exposed to this vulnerability make use of Linux which is widespread. Credit […]

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Implementation Guideline for In-branch Wi-Fi Access

Has your organization implemented wireless technology or thought through the risks and benefits of providing in-branch Wi-Fi* access using mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones? Often, end users’ enthusiasm for new technologies can get ahead of a disciplined, risk-based approach to wireless implementation. This guideline sets out a risk-based method for implementation of wireless […]

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Emerging Risk: Shell Shock / Bash Bug September 26, 2014

The recent discovery of another IT vulnerability has been circulating in the media, being referred to as “Shell Shock” or the “Bash Bug.” The affected software is Bash (Bourne again Shell), which is the standard command line interpreter or shell on most Linux, Mac OSX, and possibly other Unix or Unixlike operating systems. However, most systems […]

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