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The American Bankers Association (ABA), an ANSI member, has named Paul Benda as senior vice president for operational risk and cybersecurity. In this newly expanded role, Mr. Benda will help banks reduce physical, cyber, fraud, and other risks to their daily operations, and advocate for policies that enhance overall industry resiliency. He will also expand ABA’s anti-fraud efforts and industry offerings related to risk, and advise senior leadership on reducing risks to the organization’s own operations.
Mr. Benda joined ABA in 2018, overseeing physical and cybersecurity risks. During the pandemic, he led ABA’s response to support their members, and served as the organization’s coordinator with federal agencies, trade associations, and state bankers associations to help banks manage risks associated with COVID-19. Prior to joining ABA, Mr. Benda was with the Department of Homeland Security, filling several roles including senior counselor to the undersecretary and acting deputy undersecretary in the department’s Science and Technology Directorate, and director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency.
“Throughout this unprecedented health crisis, Paul has worked tirelessly to provide timely, factual, and relevant information to banks across the country on how to navigate the many threats associated with the pandemic," said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO. “His professional and military experience have been invaluable. This expanded role will allow Paul to do even more to help the banking industry efficiently manage risks moving forward."
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