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Bank Technology Management School - Curriculum

March 31-April 5, 2019
Fluno Center for Executive Education
ison, WI

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This one-week school includes practical, hands-on labs that will allow you to work with learned concepts in real-world situations. This applied learning is a key benefit of participating and will provide skills and tools you can put to use immediately at your bank. The program's curriculum features two core areas of study - the business of banking and effective technology management. Courses will cover topics in key areas such as these:

  • Business of Banking Curriculum

    • Introduction to the Business of Banking
      Learn the major components of a bank's balance sheet, income statement and key ratios used in decision-making at the bank. This session also outlines the concept of strategic planning and achievement of sustainable competitive advantage.
    • Bank Profitability Analysis
      Attendees will come away with a clear understanding of the main components that affect bank profitability. You'll explore management's focus on certain ratios and the effect on human resources requirements.
    • Asset/Liability Management
      In this session, attendees will learn the goals, organization, and process of asset/liability management and how to integrate A/L with IT management goals. You'll gain a better understanding of how to identify different types of risk and the implications of risk mismatch.
    • Bank Regulatory & Competitive Environment
      Learn the forces that affect industry competitiveness and the impact of deregulation on earnings. Key issues for bank survival and prosperity and the shift from product-driven to market-driven strategies will also be discussed.
  • IT Management Curriculum

    • IT Project Management
      A study of financial, technical and strategic information systems planning processes with an emphasis on the relationship of information systems to overall business planning. Learn to master the critical elements of successful IT project management and keep your bank's vital projects on track and on budget.
    • Vendor Management
      An important look at effectively managing risk and efficiencies as they relate to third party vendors. Discussion will focus on pitfalls to avoid and IT best practices to ensure success and security.
    • Leveraging Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies to Create Your Bank's Advantage
      A comprehensive look at bank technologies including systems, hardware, software, Web sites, mobile solutions and other important technologies. An emphasis will be placed not only on identifying emerging technologies but how they can benefit your bank and assist in setting strategic IT priorities.
    • IT Disaster Recovery & Incident Response Planning
      Emergency preparedness is vital to the health of a bank, whether the event is a natural disaster, business interruption, security incident or pandemic outbreak. We'll delve into the processes and best practices available to IT managers to minimize the damage from an incident and resume normal bank operations as quickly as possible.
    • Information Technology Risk Assessment
      While banks rely on technology, there are inherent risks in using it. Understanding and mitigating those risks is the focus of information technology risk management. This portion of the program includes an examination of internal and external threats as well as mitigating controls so IT leaders can make sound business recommendations and help the bank achieve a successful IT examination. Topics for discussion include information security program design, information security policy and procedures/standards.
    • IT Exam Preparation Hotspots
      Over the last several years bankers have seen an influx of new regulations directed at security and safeguarding information assets. Learn what the hotspots are tht regulators are going to be looking for in their next round of exams, and how you can be prepared at your bank.
    • Hacking
      Students will be exposed to the detailed web application attacks that endanger the technology financial institutions rely on for core business process. Appropriate mitigation strategies will be discussed so participants not only become familiar with the attacks, but also what is necessary to help prevent them. You'll leave leave with a thorough understanding of the tools and techniques used by hackers as well as the ability to read and comprehend penetration testing and vulnerability reports.
    • NOTE: The Bank Technology Management School provides up to 4 hours of advanced placement credit toward several professional certifications available through the SBS Institute. For specifics, please contact SBS as they approve the credits toward these certifications.