Reassign Identity – Permission Assist™ 3.5 Released

A quick blog post for a quick release…

Version 3.5 of Permission Assist™ greatly enhances the ability to reassign a user account for an application to a different identity.  So whether the application user account wasn’t matched, it matched incorrectly, or you just want to change it for some review processing reason – the choice is yours whether to assign it just once or every time moving forward.

 

The development team is starting on version 3.6 which adds even more features to the best identity auditing solution for banks!

 

Fiserv DNA, Nautilus, EnAct Support – Permission Assist™ 3.4 Released

Permission Assist™ continues to barrel down the tracks with our new 3.4 release. This version was solely focused on bringing more Fiserv support to the product with yet another core banking platform – Fiserv DNA support.

Overall in the 3.4 release we added:

In addition to these native banking integrations, we added a new Sycorr generic directory group reader.  Since version 1, the Sycorr standard privilege reader has supported the ability to import identity privileges for individual users in your directory service. The added directory group privilege reader introduces a new way to match identities based on their directory service group (for example, an Active Directory group). This adds significant flexibility for importing privileges from systems that define authorization by directory group participation.

Yet again, we are very proud of our team this release.  Of course, we continue to add features, but it seems with every native integration we continue to grow the impact that Permission Assist™ is making in the banking industry.

Fiserv Premier Support – Permission Assist™ 3.3 Released

Our team is very excited about the first release under the new Permission Assist™ brand as it adds the single biggest customer request…Permission Assist™ 3.3 adds Fiserv Premier support.

You asked, so we did the gigantic task of mapping 60+ modules, 700+ functions, and 11,000+ privileges for this popular core platform.  As a result of our hard work, it is now easy for you to take a deep dive into your core banking permissions and understand who has access to exactly what.

 

As the infomercials say…But wait! There’s more!

Version 3.3 also added WireXchange and Director, and our team has a good start on bringing over even more of the Fiserv Premier family products in a followup release.

Our team feels this is a huge win for many mid-sized banks that are on this popular platform, and we are very proud to be of this much service to them!

Identity Access Auditor is now Permission Assist™

It’s hard to believe that IAA is officially on it’s way to being 3 years old. After many installs and integrations we figured a change was in order…Identity Access Auditor has officially been renamed to Permission Assist™.

Trademarking this new name not only reflects our commitment to the ongoing development of this product, but also has an important role in our ongoing, internal product road map.

Licenses, features, and integrations you love will all continue to exist and work, along with our top-notch support. We look forward to serving all of our current and future clients under this new brand!

Bankers Day at the Capital

Sycorr traveled to the capital last week for the NDBA “Bankers Day at the Capital” event.  The event was was to gather leaders within the ND banking community to learn about the legislative priorities for bankers in ND, discuss important state policy, and attend committee hearings.

Attendees also heard speeches and attended sessions from Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle, House Majority Leader Representative Al Carlson, Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford, and Senate Minority Leader Senator Joan Heckaman.

Right to left: Jeremy Neuharth (Sycorr), Dustin Froelich (Bremer), Justin Skoglund (Choice Financial)

Identity Images and High Volume Performance – New Features in IAA 3.2

The IAA product team has been flooded with new feature requests since the last release, and sorting through them has been a task (especially at the end of the year during the holidays).  The devs have grabbed the two highest priority ones and pushed to do one last release in 2016.  Identity Access Auditor 3.2 further enhances identity governance auditing with these additions…

The Identity Images option allows you to adorn your work space with employees/identity images. These images are automatically taken from your identity directory service such as Active Directory so there is no extra work necessary.

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Additionally, we have ensured that every last aspect of IAA is prepared for enterprise sized organizations and high volume requirements. Not a flashy eye-candy feature, but for a few ISO tasks we wanted to ensure a user experience that was as clean for the 500 employee organization is it was for the 5,000 employee enterprise.

2017 is already shaping up to be a great year for Identity Access Auditor. There are a lot of new integrations, reports, and features on the way – thank you to all of our current clients and partners!

Separation of Duties, New Reports, and More! – IAA 3.1 Release

It’s my fault that we haven’t done a blog post since the IAA 2.4 release (hey – we’ve been busy!).  So let’s recap everything our development team has achieved over the last quarter from version 2.6 to the newest 3.1.

Probably the biggest feature to date was the addition of Separation of Duties.  This feature allows you to define sets of permissions that report poisonous combos that break your organization’s segregation of duty rule sets.  Whether within a single application or across multiple systems, you can now have violations appear in your review, along side the application review items, allowing you to appropriately respond and document on a per person basis.

We also added some new review features, one of which is Past Review Navigation.  Now you can jump to past reviews to see what actions and comments were added to review items.  Instantly collect any and all the needed information on a person, application, or violation regardless of how long ago it happened.  In addition, a new report Pending Review Responses allows your security team to gather a quick report of all the people that need yet to respond to outstanding review items broken down by application.

And the best for last, a large amount of effort and customer collaboration went into major user experience improvements when responding to review items.  Instantly know which roles (security, supervisor, and application managers) are required for a review item, which are optional, what any current responses are, and which actionable responses you can act on.  This new user experience provides the highest level of visibility and streamlined audit process yet – take a peek below!

 

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I would like to thank our customers and team members for all the collaboration that make the last few versions the best yet.  Version 3.1 is now available for onsite trials and demos!  Look for v3.2 sometime this winter!

Jeremy Neuharth Completes Graduate School of Banking

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Jeremy Neuharth, co-founder of Sycorr, was awarded a diploma on August 12, 2016, at commencement exercises during the 72nd annual session of the prestigious Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The School, sponsored by state bankers associations from across the central United States, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was established in 1945 to provide bankers with an opportunity for advanced study and research in banking, economics and leadership.  Instruction at the Graduate School of Banking takes place during two-week resident sessions for three consecutive summers, along with comprehensive study between summer resident sessions.  The curriculum focuses on the management of strategic issues faced by banking executives and financial services industry professionals.

The Graduate School of Banking enrolls approximately 600 US and international professionals each year.  More than 85 esteemed academicians, economists, government officials, and industry professionals comprise the School’s faculty.

Jill Castilla, president and CEO, Citizens Bank Edmond, Oklahoma, was the featured speaker at commencement; Castilla was the 2015 Community Banker of the Year and a 2006 alumnus of the Graduate School of Banking

3 Things To Know About FDIC InTREx

As of July 1st 2016, the FDIC has replaced its Information Technology Risk Management Program (IT-RMP) with a newer Information Technology Risk Examination Program known as InTREx.

Like any IT compliance program, InTrex is designed to enhance identification, assessment, validation, and addressing of potential risks in IT for financial institutions.  Here are a a few quick highlights you should know:

1. Streamlined questionnaires

The new Information Technology Profile (ITP) questionnaire is a lot smaller than the previous IT Officer’s Questionnaire – 65% fewer questions smaller!  The ITP helps determine the scope and resources needed for the IT exam, and is available through FDICconnect about 90 days before your scheduled IT exam.

 

2. Reports using URSIT

FIs who reference the FFIEC IT Examination Handbook are familiar with the Uniform Rating System for Information Technology (URSIT), but for those who don’t URSIT  is a rating system that uniformly assesses and rates IT-related risks for financial institutions and their TSPs.

With InTREx adopting URSIT, Examiner Conclusion reports may have URSIT composite ratings in all its applicable areas: Audit, Management, Development and Acquisition, and Support and Delivery.

 

3. Expect more diverse examination procedures

A large benefit from independent, third-party IT audits is they can include various processes and/or tools that maybe newer and more applicable to an organization’s strengths and weaknesses. The new InTREx process will include more freedom for auditors to expand their examination processes and materials.  Hopefully, this new flexibility will make InTREx based IT audits more valuable for financial institutions regardless of risk profile.

 

Sycorr Discusses Providing Value at ND Governor’s School

governor's-school-logoJeremy Neuharth recently spoke with the 2016 North Dakota Governor’s School class regarding providing value to clients.  An example used focused on how his company helps many banks and credit unions take permission audit processes down from eight weeks to one on average.

Jeremy said:

It was a true joy talking to these future business leaders about identifying the benefit of a solution to their potential customers.  It is in the place where a product’s investment is far outweighed by the value it provides that magic happens.  It is in this place where businesses are successful and customers are happy with the results creating win-win results for all involved.

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Governor’s School is an intensive six-week residential program in English, information technology, science, mathematics, and arts for highly able North Dakota high school students who will be entering their junior or senior year. It is located on the North Dakota State University campus in Fargo and operates from the first or second week in June through mid-July.