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Montecito Bank & Trust is the oldest and largest locally owned community bank in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, located on the Central Coast of California. Founded in 1975, the bank operates 10 branch offices, and strives to be a reflection of the communities it serves by crafting customized banking solutions to support the needs of all local businesses and individuals. Montecito Bank & Trust is known for its corporate philanthropy, including unique giving programs and extensive employee volunteer efforts.
Montecito Bank & Trust received a 2016 Premier Performing Bank designation by The Findley Reports, an independent service which rates the annual performance of California banks. Montecito Bank & Trust has been designated as a Premier Performing or Super Premier Performing bank by The Findley Reports 31 times in its 42-year history. The bank was also awarded a 5-star, Superior Bauer rating based on its March 31, 2017 financial data, and has been honored with over 10 Best Bank awards since 2013.
Will LaSala is the Director Security Solutions @ VASCO North America. He joined the company in 2001 and over the years has been involved in all aspects of product implementation and market direction within financial institutions, online gaming and mobile application development. Will currently empowers the markets and VASCO’s largest clients with direct communication of new products and features and security changes. Prior to joining VASCO, he worked as a Sr. Systems Engineer and Developer for a prominent consulting firm in New England. He brings over 20 years of software and cyber security experience.
Laurel Sykes is the SVP and Chief Risk Officer for Montecito Bank & Trust and is responsible for the Bank’s compliance, information security, and fraud departments. She has been a banker for more than 25 years, the last 20 of which were in risk management. She’s a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM). As the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act Officer, she also teaches financial literacy training throughout the community which includes training to prevent financial scams. Montecito Bank & Trust has seen an uptick in the last year in both online debit card fraud and wire scams and she will be sharing the common attributes of some of those attacks as well as helpful tips for what you can do personally to minimize the risk that you might be the next victim.
Paul Abramson is SVP/Director of Technology for Montecito Bank & Trust. Paul oversees the Bank’s Network & Technology Infrastructure. He is focused on securing the Bank’s digital assets and has led many of the efforts to strengthen the Bank’s environment over the past several years. His team sees sophisticated cyber threats up close every day and offers useful examples and strategies to help others protect themselves online. He comes to the bank with over 20 years in the information security community.