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Pictures of Employees on Web Site

The bank's Marketing Department is updating the Bank's Web site and is considering including pictures of bank officers (i.e. branch managers, lenders, etc.) on the Web site. I have not seen any other bank that does this. Are there security reasons why pictures of bank officers should not be placed on the Web site?

Answer by Andy Zavoina:
It is really a personal choice. Some banks want that "personal touch" and visibility so they will put employee/officer pictures on a site.

From a security standpoint, it is one more thing that adds a layer of insecurity as you now openly publicize who in the bank is "important" and a good kidnapping candidate.

I have seen more small banks advertise pictures of their personal bankers than large banks.


Answer by Richard Insley:
Pictures of smiling employee faces create some risk, but pictures plus names create more. Using former bank executive Andy Zavoina as an example, a kidnap/extortion specialist would be only a few clicks away from a residential address (and map), phone number, and pictures and names of spouse and kids.

First published on 2/2/04

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