My Story

I've spent the last 17 years working as a journalist, covering an array of topics. I started out in the newspaper business and transitioned to the online world in 2004. That's when I started covering the financial sector. Over the last 10 years, I've learned quite a bit about financial services -- an industry that continues to evolve. I currently serve as the Executive Editor of BankInfoSecurity, a site dedicated to cybersecurity news affecting the global banking landscape. For more about my work, you can visit my blog, @fraudblogger, and check out BankInfoSecurity.com.

In my spare time, I still enjoy writing about other topics, such as travel. You'll find a mix of information about me here, including a little more about my professional background and my history as a writer. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Professional Snapshot

Executive Editor, BankInfoSecurity and CUInfoSecurity
April 2013 – Present
Managing Editor, BankInfoSecurity.com and CUInfoSecurity.com
May 2010 – Present

Senior Editor, Technology Division, NetWorld Alliance
May 2008 – May 2010 (2 years 1 month)
Editor, ATM Marketplace, a division of NetWorld Alliance
October 2004 – May 2008 (3 years 8 months)
Reporter, American City Business Journals/Business First of Louisville
2003 – 2004 (1 year)

Industry Mentions, Recognition & Websites

Wells Fargo Weathers Cyberattack American Banker, March 26, 2013
Banks Inch Ahead in War with Hackers The Wall Street Journal, January 22, 2013
My Phishing Story: Close Call Proves Customer Education is Critical Visa Security Sense, June 2012
Global Payments Breach Timeline Expands eSecurity Planet, May 2012
Global Payments Breach Now Dates Back to Jan. 2011 Krebs on Security, May 17, 2012
LinkedIn is better than Facebook (for identity thieves looking for rich victims) IT World, March 13, 2012
Skimming Devices at Pay-At-The-Pump Continue to Increase NACS, June 29, 2011
Data thefts far more common than just Sony and Epsilon Naked Security, April 28, 2011
How Secure Are ATMs? NACS, August 28, 2010
Withdrawal symptoms: Getting more out of ATMs CNN Tech, December 14, 2009
ATM Skimming 101: How to Keep Safe ABC News Science & Technology, April 27, 2009
9 ways to be safe at ATMs Bankrate, May 2007
PCI Compliance and Data Security: Top 10 Blogs and Online News Sources MerchantLink, July 24, 2013

Links to content on BankInfoSecurity.com...
DDOS Microsite
FFIEC Microsite
The Fraud Blog
Bank Info Security

Recommendations


Joseph Grove
Senior VP and Executive Editor NetWorld Media Group

In more than 20 years in media, I have never hired anyone with the energy and passion that Tracy brings to work every day. She’s smart and engaged. She doesn’t stop until the job is done, or the information learned, or the story published. She can speak authoritatively in front of one person or one thousand. She asks the right questions.

If you’re going to work with Tracy, you better be fast on your feet, or you’ll quickly be eating her dust.


David Gower
Sales Leader and Marketing Creative, Darkhorse Creative

Tracy Kitten was first recommended to me 7 years ago as the bright writer/editor at Networld Alliance. As a consultant to her workplace, I got to see first hand her expertise and focus that gained her the respect of her peers and her employer.

Later I began to follow her blog; again, expertise in diving deep into the world of daily breaking news of bank security. About that time I had started plans to bring bank executives together to form a group interested in learning about the latest information in bank security and the impact it was having on their brand. I invited Tracy to help in the planning of the group and once those bank executives learned that Tracy was involved they immediately showed interest in participating. Tracy met with me several times to guide those topics that were most compelling to bank executives.

In my experience, Tracy Kitten has proven time and time again to be a credible partner to her audience, her employers, and the community at large.


Tom Harper
President and CEO, Networld Media Group

In her nearly six years at Networld, Tracy became the star of the ATM industry. She has a knack for developing relationships that translate into deep knowledge and contacts. In her writing, she knows how to get to the heart of issues and of the people she interviews. I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside her in the industry, and ATMmarketplace.com flourished under her care. If you get the opportunity to work with her, you will be impressed by her energy, vitality, creativity and warmth.