Barry Thompson is an international speaker, trainer, consultant, and writer. He is one of the original security “guru’s” for a Bankersonline and regularly presents security conferences for trade groups – he has trained over 51,000 financial professionals.
Barry is recognized worldwide, presenting in Brussels, Belgium to European bankers on internal fraud; at the United Nations on identity theft; and to Japanese bankers on bank security. Barry has worked in the financial services industry for over four decades, and has held the positions of security officer, compliance officer, treasurer, senior vice president, and executive vice president. He has handled over 900 security cases and has been involved with investigations and prosecutions at the federal, state, and local levels. Barry is the author of 101 Security Tips for the Beginning Security Officer and has been interviewed by Newsweek, Computer World, USA Today, and other national publications.
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We use challenge questions when we don’t know the account holder on the telephone. Today a customer went wild yelling at our call center person for asking to many questions. We tried to explain that it was for his protection, he began to swear at us. I had the teller hang-up the phone could we have handled this better?
Working on the teller line I have decided I no longer want to handle someone who carries concealed weapons. How would be the best way for me to handle it at the teller line?
I work with a teller who scares me as she will tell the customer outright “no,” without explaining why. Today she told a person to get back into line as the transaction would take too much time as she was going on break! Should I go to management or wait until something happens?
I am currently dealing with an issue where my assistant branch manager provided a customer with images from our system that were related to a fender bender in our parking lot that involved another bank customer. She did not obtain approval from anyone to provide this information to our customer and as the security officer I would have kindly refused my customer's request. This incident has brought up the fact that perhaps we should have guidelines for our camera system users to adhere to in order to prevent future incidents like this.
Do you know of any institutions that have a policy or procedures for their security camera system (CCTV)? If so, can you share it with me or give me some guidance?
"What is the recommended schedule for the self-testing of your alarm system's communication to the monitoring center (i.e. landlines and/or cell back up)? The alarm system vendors seem to be all over the place on it."
During a recent program I attended, you stated a smart phone could get you killed! Really?!? Other than talking while driving, how can that happen?"
We have just decided to implement a pod branch design and are presently in the design phase.
Do you have any suggestions on what we should focus on for this project?"
I wanted to ask about active shooter training. I have not done that with my employees yet and was wondering if that is recommended training. My fear is the front line and new accounts employees are right out in the open, there is nowhere for them to go or to really hide for that matter. How would you suggest that training be handled? I have the YouTube video of "Run. Hide. Fight.®" I was thinking of showing that to our group on our upcoming training day; I just don't want to scare our employees to death.
We are acquiring another institution in 2019. Currently, there are two branches in two different towns. The main branch has a full staff, but the second branch is located just down the road in a town of 300 people and is only staffed with one person, five days a week. The teller is secure behind all glass, but there is no dual control and no cameras.
The transaction numbers do not warrant another person there but we want to be as safe as possible. What are your suggestions for things we can do to make this branch as safe as possible for the one employee?
What are the 4 Ls we hear you talking about at security conferences?