March 2015
Issue #91
Cook Security Group successfully completes 3rd Party SOC 2 Type II audit, demonstrates dedication to comply with today’s heightened ‘information security’ regulations: “Our 3rd party SOC 2 Type II report assures our customers and their internal security officers that Cook places a serious emphasis on security and their industry compliance requirements.” states Brian Cook, CEO of Cook Security Group.
What is a SOC 2 Type II? A Service Organization Control 2 (SOC 2) engagement is an audit of a service provider that is relevant to compliance of operations. SOC 2 Reports specifically address one or more of the following five key system principles: security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, or privacy. “Every Financial and Commercial Institution should be asking themselves, ‘what certifications do my current vendors have?’ especially vendors that provide access control, alarm & video, ATM and even lock work. Our current control framework and information security program takes into account other regulatory compliance standards such as the Bank Protection Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability ACT (HIPAA).” Brian adds.
The SOC 2 Type II audit also directly compliments Cook’s innovative RemoteView Surveillance service. “The issue with a traditional DVR and video system is that they fail. Our customers end up losing essential video when they need it most” states Levi Daily, Director of IT. Levi adds “DVRs are servers that are rarely monitored and maintained.” While many institutions rely on staff to verify the integrity of the system, it’s still limited to human error. If you are a financial institution, you’re required to comply with many Federal regulations. That is why we (Cook) took our customers feedback and developed a safe and reliable solution… Read on.
For more information about RemoteView Surveillance w/mobile app, click here. For more info about Cook Security Group, click here!
Your institution could be at RISK! Cook Security Group’s Risk Assessment and Consulting team has helped hundreds of institutions build security standards. We also understand the complexities associated with the successful deployment and management of the security programs and regulations that our customers are required to implement.
When our customers utilize Cook Consulting Services, we will provide them with a comprehensive review of all facets of their current security programs and provide them a final report and recommendations. Here are some of the services Cook can provide:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Procedure and Policy Development
  • Value Engineering
  • Risk Modeling, Risk Model Development & Equipment Standards
  • Workplace Violence Program Development
  • Security Consulting
  • Investigations
  • Executive Protection
  • Security Training
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The 10 Best Practices Series… #6: Is your service vendor in compliance with the Bank Protection Act? More importantly, is your current vendor secure with your institution’s information? As we meet with hundreds of financial institutions throughout the Western United States, we notice that while many have the right intentions, they are still very much at Risk in terms of employee and customer safety. If a significant event takes place, their Board, Executive Team, and even the Security or Facilities Manager are usually stuck with the civil liability.
At the end of the day, it is the responsibility of your Executive Team, Board, and Security & Compliance personnel to ensure that your institution:

  • Is in full compliance with all security related regulations to include the Bank Protection Act, Regulation H, Bank Secrecy Act, and the Office of Foreign Assett Control.
  • Has implemented a security program that is in line with industry standards.
  • Is providing all employees, customers and other valuable assetts with a safe environment.
  • Has successfully completed a SOC 2 Type II Security Audit.
Would you like to schedule a Risk Assessment for your branch? Click here. Click here or visit our website for additional information about institution security.
Up next… Best Practice #7: Don’t purchase what you don’t need from a commissioned salesman. For more information send us an email or visit
What’s Happening at Cook Security Group!
Cook Community Builders (CCB) Update… Cook Security Group employee, Tom takes part in the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree” program! As part of the Cook Community Builders program, our VP of Consultative Services, Tom Wiese took part in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Ministry Program. The program is a non-profit charity that helps families affected by a spouse being in prison confinement, taking away the full enjoyment of Christmas. “I was part of team that was sponsoring 14 families and nearly 30 children, ages Newborn to 17″, Tom says. “I was able to wrap donated gifts and deliver to these families in need. I will definitely being doing so again next year,” Wiese adds.
For more information about the Cook Community Builders Program, click here!
Pizza Party Winners for March! Congratulations to the following customers for winning March’s pizza party drawings!
Farmers National Bank- Twin Falls, ID
Pacific Cascade FCU- Eugene, OR
U.S. Bank- Ellensburg, WA
Umpqua Bank- Incline Village, NV
Wells Fargo Bank- Seattle, WA
Click here to win a pizza party for your branch!
Cook’s Monthly Survey Question! Congrats to Robin from BBCN Bank for being this month’s survey winner! February’s question was: For which fruit is the US state of Georgia famous? Answer: Peach!
March’s question is: Caeser was told ‘Beware the Ides of March’. On what date are the Ides? To answer, click here and you will automatically be entered to win a $25.00 gift card!
Randy’s “Craft Brew” of the Month: Servicing customers in six states… Our CMO, Randy Neu, enjoys exploring new craft breweries (with customers we might add!). That being said, this month’s Craft Brew(s) is Vanilla Bean Wreck Alley Imperial Stout from Karl Strauss Brewing Company in San Diego, CA. “Vanilla Bean Wreck Alley Imperial Stout is sweet like vanilla bean and smooth on the palate, but don’t be fooled… at 12% ALC this Stout is powerful and will sneak up on you !”, Randy states. Have a suggestion for Randy in OR, WA, CA, NV, ID or MT? Click here!
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In this Issue:
Cook Security Group successfully completes 3rd party SOC 2 Type II audit, demonstrates dedication to comply with heightened ‘information security’ regulations:
Your institution could be at RISK!
The 10 Best Practices Series… #6: Is your service vendor in compliance with the Bank Protection Act? More importantly, is your current vendor secure with your institutions information?
What’s Happening at Cook Security Group!
Consumer Alert!

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