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ABA Pandemic Update

In this episode:

Paul Benda, SVP Operational Risk and Cybersecurity

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.

Episode Summary

ABA's Paul Benda provides the latest on COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates, noting that the vaccination of older Americans has reduced COVID deaths even as cases have risen in certain parts of the country. He also discusses a new coronavirus variant, the likelihood of resuming doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine soon and how to minimize risk of infection during air travel.

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Paul Benda
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.