Even has recently completed its SOC 2 Type II certification. In light of this new benchmark, it’s important to understand our information security protocol as a whole — what the biggest risks are and how we protect against them.
Throughout my career in the field of information security, I’ve worked at companies both large and small. With that, I’ve encountered many different philosophies on handling security, as far as the resources put in place, the speed at which controls are implemented, and how risk is categorically assessed.
Coming from the world of big banks and into the fintech space in particular, I experienced a real cultural shift, as one would expect. While they may operate in different ways, the goal of security at all companies remains the same ― to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data. And not just of our organizations, but our consumers as well. To do so, everyone needs to buy in, and that starts at the top. However, it wasn’t always seen that way.
I had the pleasure of witnessing firsthand how the CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) role came to be. It was back in the mid 1990s, when a big bank was hit by hackers. Customers began pulling their money out, because they didn’t trust that the bank could protect their assets. It wasn’t until an information security executive joined the bank and became the first-ever CISO that risk was properly assessed and mitigated. By elevating security to the C-suite, it finally had a seat at the table and was able to evolve from a responsive support function to a strategic imperative.
When I joined Even Financial, I found myself surrounded by a team of talented colleagues who were constantly collaborating with each other across departments. There was also a commitment to security, which is not always common at fintech startups where people with technical backgrounds can be found at every level.
At many fintechs, the goal is to get projects off the ground and solutions up and running as quickly as possible. Conversely, no matter how many innovative products we are working on at Even, integrating the highest standard of security controls behind them is always paramount.
One of our main areas of emphasis, by the very nature of what we do at Even, is protecting private data, whether it's for our partners or end users. To this end, we have recently achieved SOC 2 Type II compliance, certifying our ability to implement and execute security protocols at the highest industry standard. In addition to that, we are constantly working on new ways to protect our organization and every third party involved with our business.
Going forward, in light of how the pandemic changed the work model for Even and every company that was forced into remote settings, we know there is a lot of work to be done as far as securing our expanding perimeter. It’s no longer just the office, but anywhere in the world where remote employees are located, which in turn increases the attack surface. Along with an uptick in more sophisticated attacks, we have to be more vigilant than ever.
That’s where having a seat at the table becomes crucial. Through my role, and in collaboration with the rest of the executive team, we are committed to remediating risk wherever possible. For me, that means educating my colleagues about different security concerns and protocols, and doing so in a way that is as easy to understand and implement as possible.
Thankfully, with the team we have in place, my job is made all the more easy by people who willingly engage in these discussions, no matter if it’s an executive-level employee, member of the product team, or anyone else with an ear for knowledge. Security starts at the top at Even, but it doesn’t end there.
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MoneyLion’s consumer and enterprise businesses were recognized as winners of Benzinga’s 2022 Global Fintech Awards at this year’s Fintech Deal Day
New York, December 14, 2022-- MoneyLion Inc. (“MoneyLion”) (NYSE: ML), the go-to destination for personalized financial content, products and advice, is proud to announce that it has been named “Best Financial Literacy Tool” at Benzinga’s 2022 Global Fintech Awards. MoneyLion’s enterprise business, Even Financial, was also named as the winner for “Best API.”
MoneyLion and Even Financial were honored alongside other top Fintechs, banks, research companies and more. MoneyLion’s consumer business continues to push financial literacy through innovative and personalized content. With the MoneyLion app, users can view personalized financial content in short-form video format and receive personalized financial product recommendations such as loans, insurance and investing. As MoneyLion’s enterprise offering, Even Financial digitally connects and matches consumers with real-time personalized product recommendations from banks, insurance carriers, and Fintech companies on mobile apps, websites and other digital touchpoints through its financial product search engine and Embedded Finance Marketplace technology. This technology powers both the MoneyLion Marketplace, in the MoneyLion app, as well as more than 1,000 enterprise partners.
“We’re thrilled MoneyLion’s consumer and enterprise businesses were recognized by Benzinga,” said Dee Choubey, Co-Founder and CEO of MoneyLion. “Both awards showcase MoneyLion’s every time you money approach to helping our customers. The financial literacy gap is a huge problem for millions of Americans and we remain committed to reducing its effects through engaging, informative content and key partnerships designed to bring an elevated educational experience to all.”
These awards follow the October announcement of MoneyLion University, where MoneyLion launched its latest initiative aimed at closing the gap in money and financial education across the United States.
“We could not be more pleased with Benzinga’s recognition of our company’s API technology,” stated Phill Rosen, CEO and Founder of Even Financial. “Our technology natively integrates real-time credit decisions and product recommendations from the industry’s largest network of connected financial services providers, offering access and choice to consumers searching for financial products. Our elegant Embedded Finance Marketplace, API and search engine enable any company to add trusted, personalized financial products and services to their business, reaching people when and where they need it.”
Even Financial has been named a listmaker for the Benzinga Global Fintech Awards for the last two years and was a previous award winner. In 2021, Even was selected as a listmaker for Best API and, in 2020, selected as a listmaker for both Best API and Best API Platform. In 2019, Even was awarded the Benzinga Rocky Award.
The annual Benzinga Global Fintech Awards take pride in recognizing and honoring the companies and individuals who are propelling the Fintech and financial services industry forward with the most impressive technology advancements and innovations. A panel of industry experts from a wide range of companies reviewed and judged the nominations. Winners were announced at Benzinga’s Fintech Deal Day on December 8, 2022, where MoneyLion’s Chief Customer Officer Cynthia Kleinbaum spoke on the panel, Expert Growth Hacks For Reaching Underserved Markets.
About MoneyLion MoneyLion is the go-to destination for personalized financial content, products and advice. MoneyLion’s mission is to rewire the financial system to positively change the path of every hard-working American. MoneyLion uses its proprietary data advantage and technology to empower its customers. MoneyLion engages and educates its customers with daily, hyper-personalized money-related and money-adjacent content that is delivered through each customer’s own content feed. MoneyLion provides its customers a full suite of financial and non-financial solutions, bundling its proprietary, low-cost financial products with products that are offered through its marketplace technology and network affiliate partners. MoneyLion also leverages its distinct data, technology, and network advantages to deliver leading embedded finance and marketplace solutions for enterprise customers. Since its founding in 2013, MoneyLion has empowered millions of Americans to take control of their finances and live their best financial life, every day.
For more information about the company, visit https://www.moneylion.com/ and https://www.evenfinancial.com. For investor information and updates, visit investors.moneylion.com and follow @MoneyLionIR on Twitter.
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New York, Jan. 11, 2023 -- Even Financial ("Even"), an independent subsidiary of MoneyLion Inc. (NYSE: ML), and a leading embedded finance marketplace platform, is proud to announce that it was honored in Built In’s “2023 Best Places To Work” Awards. Specifically, Even earned a place on the Hybrid Best Places to Work in New York.
The Best Places to Work Awards, now in its fifth year, honors companies across numerous categories, sizes, remote-first employers as well as in person and hybrid working companies across the U.S.
Built In determines the winners of Best Places to Work based on an algorithm, using company data about compensation and benefits, and also weighs criteria like remote and flexible work opportunities, as well as other people-first cultural offerings.
This announcement follows Even’s recent win at the Benzinga Global Fintech Awards for “Best API.”
About Even Financial
Even is the industry-leading embedded financial marketplace and independent subsidiary of MoneyLion Inc. (“MoneyLion”) (NYSE: ML). MoneyLion is a leading digital financial services and lifestyle content platform serving both consumer and enterprise customers. As part of MoneyLion’s enterprise offering, Even digitally connects and matches consumers with real-time, personalized financial product recommendations from banks, insurance carriers, and fintech companies on mobile apps, websites, and other digital touchpoints through its marketplace technology. Even's infrastructure leverages machine learning and advanced data science to solve a significant pain point in financial services customer acquisition, seamlessly bridging financial services providers (such as SoFi) and channel partners (such as TransUnion) via its industry-leading API and embedded finance marketplaces. Even enables any company to add financial products to its business, with full compliance and security at scale. Even was named one of "America's Best Startup Employers'' by Forbes for 2022 and was named to the 2021 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, which recognizes the fastest growing tech companies in the world. Learn more at www.evenfinancial.com and investors.moneylion.com.