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By: First International Bank & Trust
As you may know from recent media coverage, cybersecurity experts announced two major security flaws this week, known as Spectre and Meltdown. The flaws could potentially allow an attacker to read sensitive data stored in a device's memory like passwords, or read documents open on a computer.
Normally, applications are not able to do that because they are isolated from each other and the operating system. This hardware bug breaks that isolation. Experts are still researching how hackers could take advantage of these vulnerabilities, but you are likely vulnerable if you use a laptop, desktop PC, tablet, server, smartphone, or a cloud service.
As a best practice, the Bank updates our software and hardware with the latest patches on a timely basis. First International Bank and Trust will apply the latest patches to mitigate against Spectre and Meltdown. In general, First International Bank and Trust utilizes multiple layers of cybersecurity defenses to protect our network and customer information from cybersecurity threats. Security and the safety of your information is and always will be a top priority for First International Bank and Trust.
Watch for software, operating system and web browser updates from companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google Chrome, Firefox, etc. Install updates immediately, or turn on automatic updates where available. Also keep an eye on trusted media outlets for additional news.
Beyond that, continue to follow security best practices, and always “Think Before You Click.”
For more general tips, please visit our Education Center.
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Our new Grand Forks location officially opened in December and now it’s time to celebrate!
Join us for a Grand Opening Open House on Friday, January 26, 2018, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The Chamber will be on hand for the official ribbon cutting at 3:30 PM.
Register to win prizes all week long with drawings on the 26th. Join us all day for sweet treats and hot chocolate to stay warm.
Wayne Zink, Grand Forks President says, “We’re delighted to be in our new location and can’t wait to share it with you!”
First International Bank & Trust Columbia Commons | 1970 South Columbia Road Suite 110
We have a number of fun events and educational January/February newsletter issue here.
Curious about Heritage Club and the benefits of being a member? Stop by and visit your local banker or visit our website to learn more.
Welcome to 2018 and the start to a brand new year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. It’s the beginning of a new calendar year where we will celebrate new bank openings, meet new friends and celebrate a new year!
In 2017, we opened our new Rugby bank with a glorious grand opening in late October. The day was perfect, temperatures in high 70’s, no wind and we landed on a wonderful day to celebrate both inside and outside the new bank building. Steve and I, along with our family and staff, were happy to see so many people attend the Grand Opening along with the dedicating of our new/old HUB sign. The HUB was a landmark restaurant in Rugby located on Highway 2. We built our new bank on the site and kept the original HUB sign which was located on the post directly on the highway. The sign was gorgeous, filled with memories of the beloved HUB coffee shop and landmark. I have always loved the sign with the large picture of North America. I told the architects early in the project “the sign needs to stay in the original spot but lets re-locate it inside the new bank.” Well….signs do not always look very large when mounted 30 feet in the air! When the contractor took the sign down, we found out the sign measured 16 feet across and weighed 3,800 pounds! The HUB sign was a bit larger than expected for a simple wall mount. In order to keep the sign in the building, we had to re-configure the fireplace three times to make it strong enough to hold the HUB sign. We also needed to place the sign in the building before the roof, doors and walls were up. I had a few architects and contractors give me “the look” during the process, but it all turned out fantastic and the sign is amazing, securely mounted on the fireplace! The original owners of the HUB attended the grand opening and served HUB stew and treats that were popular at the restaurant. It was a Grand Day in Rugby!
Read more of Gretchen's article!
‘Tis the time of the year where snow accumulations tend to build and temperatures drop – at least for those who stay in the upper mid-west. We want to make sure you stay safe this season so you can continue to enjoy time with your family and friends.
The National Safety Council recommends you keep these winter essentials in yor car:
Elgin - Join us February 14 for Valentine's Day!
Fargo-Moorhead - We'll be hosting a lunch and learn workshop February 16. Come and learn the different uses and properties of your cell phone.
Harvey - Stop in and register between February 1–14 to win a supper for two.
Killdeer - Join us for a card party January 17.
Fessenden - Sign up for a drawing to work tickets to the Fireman's supper in February.
Minot - Stop in and register between February 5–9 to win a dinner for two.
Williston - Stop in for cookies and coffee anytime!
Staples/Motley - Come in and register between February 5–13 to win an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen.
Watford City - Join us at Six Shooter's Showhall January 31 for a showing of the movie Miracle on Ice.
We would love to feature your recipe in the next edition of our Heritage Club newsletter. Submit your favorite recipe by email or mail (3001 25th St. S, Fargo, ND 58103 - Attn: Marketing). Be sure to add a note about what makes the recipe special!
We have opened our doors to our newest First International Bank & Trust branch in Grand Forks, ND. It is located in Columbia Commons at 1970 South Columbia Road.
The bank operated a loan and deposit production office in a temporary space in Grand Forks since May of 2017. The opening of this branch marks First International Bank & Trust’s 21st branch in North Dakota and secures a branch presence in the state’s most populated cities.
Peter Stenehjem, Bank President stated, “This is an exciting day for our Company. We have been serving customers in the Grand Forks area for years and are now able to further our commitment by opening this beautiful facility that is staffed with financial experts who will take great care of our customers.”
Grand Forks President, Wayne M. Zink shared, “I am so pleased to welcome our customers into our new location. We have received a warm welcome from the Grand Forks community and look forward to serving customers for years to come!”
Watch for our Grand Opening celebration in January of 2018.
This holiday season, our branches will be closed on the following days to spend time with their families and friends.
All branches are closed and will reopen on Friday, November 24 with regular hours.
All branches are closed and will reopen on Tuesday, December 26 with regular hours.
All branches are closed and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2 with regular hours.
To find your local branch’s regular hours, please visit the Locations and Hours section of our website.
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