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Paul Benda

SVP Operational Risk and Cybersecurity

Paul Benda
Paul Benda is the Senior Vice President for Operational Risk and Cybersecurity at the American Bankers Association. Paul joined the ABA in 2018, where he leads the association’s initiatives in cybersecurity, physical security, and information security practices and chairs the ABA Fraud Coordination Group. In addition, he acts as a media spokesman for the ABA and the banking industry on these issues. He currently helps coordinate ABA’s response to the coronavirus pandemic focusing on operational issues and return to normal operations strategies. His past experiences include leadership positions in the Department of Homeland Security where he was head of research and development and in the Department of Defense where he was a DARPA Program Manager and designed chemical and biological defense capabilities and security systems for the Pentagon. He then transitioned to the Pentagon where he oversaw implementation and operation of those advanced security and chem/bio defenses. Paul started his career as an Active Duty U.S. Air Force officer and transitioned to the private sector where he worked as a consultant for Booz Allen before returning to government service.
  • Guide
    How Has Delta Changed the Game?

    August 19, 2021

    This guide takes a look at the new variant and how banks can mitigate new COVID risks.

  • Podcast
    Not One and Done: Continuous Cyber Monitoring of Third-Party Risk

    June 22, 2021

    Brought to you by: Michael Berman and Paul Benda

  • Podcast
    Transforming Risk Intelligence

    June 22, 2021

    Brought to you by: Tracy Manning, Camilla Yellets and Paul Benda

  • Podcast
    ABA Pandemic Update

    April 20, 2021

    ABA SVP and resident virus expert Paul Benda discusses the latest on COVID-19, the vaccination effort and disease trends, and key updates for banks in a new 10-minute podcast. Tune in to “Pandemic Update” every Wednesday for free.

  • Podcast
    Financial Institutions' Assets vs Customers' Assets through the Social Engineering Fraud Lens

    March 23, 2021

    Michael Beranek and Patricia Logan from Berkley and Paul Benda from ABA discuss social engineering fraud at ABA Risk 2021.

  • Podcast
    Risk Informed Strategy

    March 23, 2021

    Derek Yankoff from Continuity and Paul Benda from ABA discuss the risk informed strategy at ABA Risk 2021.

  • Podcast
    ATM Theft is on the Rise

    March 23, 2021

    Tracey Santor from Travelers and Paul Benda from ABA discuss ATM theft at ABA Risk 2021.

  • Podcast
    The Benefits of Biometric Security in an All-Digital World

    March 23, 2021

    Nick Hallas from Daon and Paul Benda from ABA discuss biometric security at ABA Risk 2021.

  • Podcast
    Internet of Things Sensors: The Next Generation of Risk Management

    March 23, 2021

    Hemant Sarma and Brendan Arnott from Chubb and Paul Benda from ABA discuss the Internet of Things at ABA Risk 2021.

  • Podcast
    Fraud Intelligence: Stopping Fraud Before it Occurs

    March 23, 2021

    Andrei Barysevich from Gemini Advisory and Paul Benda from ABA discuss fraud intelligence at ABA Risk 2021.

  • Comment Letter
    ABA Letter to CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices: "Essential" Workers

    December 10, 2020

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, the American Bankers Association has been working closely with public health agencies including the CDC to ensure that the banking industry maintains the highest level of safety for the nation’s two million bank employees and the millions of customers they serve every day. We greatly appreciate the guidance and support we have received from the CDC and other agencies, and we are pleased to report that the banking system has remained open and operational throughout the pandemic. We are proud of the dedicated bank employees who have stepped up to this challenge, and in some cases put themselves at risk to ensure Americans can continue to access their accounts as needed.

  • Guide
    Confronting COVID-19: An Analysis of Surface Contamination Risks

    April 08, 2020

    Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have acknowledged that SARS-CoV-2(also known as COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus) is a new disease and they are still learning how itspreads. This paper was created to outline the recent science behind the transmissibility of the virusthat could lead to infection. While not intended specifically for the unique challenges facing banks,it does contain information that all bank employees could find helpful in reducing risk to staff andcustomers, especially when they utilize an ATM.

  • Staff Analysis
    Staff Analysis: COVID-19 & Banking FAQ for Members

    March 19, 2020

    ABA’s COVID-19 FAQ contains answers that we have gathered to bankers’ frequently asked questions about the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it’s having on the banking industry.

  • Staff Analysis
    COVID-19 & Banking FAQs

    March 19, 2020

    ABA experts answer frequently asked questions around Coronavirus (COVID019) and banking

  • Testimony
    Testimony of Paul Benda before the House Financial Services Committee’s Task Force on Artificial Intelligence

    October 18, 2019

    The American Bankers Association (“ABA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony regarding “AI and the Evolution of Cloud Computing: Evaluating How Financial Data is Stored, Protected, and Maintained by Cloud Providers.”

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