CYBER SECURITY: Cabrillo Credit Union – A Case Study in Credit Union Cyber Security




With IT staff stretched thin and with a constrained budget, a California credit union needed a cutting-edge, cost-effective cyber security solution for e-mail security. By partnering with a physical and virtual protection agency, Cabrillo CTO Frankie Duenas bought a new lease on life for member security.


Cabrillo Credit Union has long been defined by steady progress and sensible growth.Headquartered in San Diego, California, Cabrillo was founded in 1955 by Joseph Lawrence.Lawrence, a local law enforcement official, originally intended Cabrillo to provide loans exclusively to the eight U.S. Border Patrol agents under his command.Today, as Cabrillo celebrates its 60th anniversary, what began as essentially a one-man operation is now a regional employer to more than 100 people and a thriving credit union with a membership of 25,000.That evolution has brought with it new security demands.

For any highly customer-centric, not-for-profit organization, protecting information technology (IT) infrastructure and data, not to mention cyber risk avoidance, is, in 2015, a challenge.But for Cabrillo, which had expanded in part by merging with other credit unions in the greater San Diego area, that challenge was compounded by the ongoing need for platform re-configurations and a rapidly mounting number of remote access users. Cabrillo, under the leadership of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Frankie Duenas and in partnership with the cyber security team at BAE Systems, has significantly updated its approach to cyber security.

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