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Protect Your Business

Resources for minimizing risk internally.

Business protection tips

  • Conduct a periodic risk assessment of all electronic banking activities and adjust accordingly. Risk assessments should include, at a minimum, occurrence of threats, actual incidents of fraud, changes in company staffing that affect user access, and enhancements in security made by the financial institution.
  • Institute a standard for classifying all information. Is it confidential, private, unclassified, etc., and a means to identify which employees, or group of employees, have access to this information.
  • Determine what websites need to be made available to employees in order to conduct business activities. Consider blocking access to file sharing, social media, and personal email sites.
  • Ascertain who needs access to your banking systems and services and make sure the removal of access to those services is part of your employee exit process.
  • Dedicate a computer to be used solely for all online banking activities. If that is not feasible, restrict the use of personal web browsing, emailing, and social networking on any computer used for online banking activities.
  • Install and update your anti-virus and anti-spyware software frequently.
  • Protect yourself with a FREE IBM® Security Trusteer Rapport® security software download. Learn more and download.
  • Keep your computer's operating system up to date.
  • Keep your web browser software up to date by installing the most recent version.
  • Install a firewall.
  • If you have any doubts about the authenticity of an email, attach any suspicious emails you may receive to a new email and send them to abuse@citizensbank.com. Then, be sure to delete the suspicious emails from your mailbox.
  • If you do not recognize the sender of an email or have any doubts about the authenticity of an email, do not respond and delete it immediately.
  • Do not open the email or click on links or attachments, especially if they tell you the problem is urgent or the attached file ends in “.exe”.
  • Always use secure passwords. A secure password consists of upper- and lowercase letters and numbers.
  • Monitor your account activity closely and watch for unusual activity. You can use Citizens Bank Online Banking to monitor account balances, 24/7.
  • Consider disabling CD, DVD, and USB drives on all computers where these drives are not needed.
  • Consider using programs that scan emails for malicious content.
  • Do not allow your employees to download unauthorized software or programs.
  • Institute a system of dual controls for critical functions so that no single individual is solely authorized to take action without adequate checks and balances.

More business protection tips can be found at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the National Cyber Security Alliance's Stay Safe Online Business Center.

How Citizens Bank protects your business

A fundamental element of safeguarding your confidential information is to provide protection against unauthorized access or use of this information. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal guidelines to guard your personal and financial information against unauthorized access or use. Citizens Bank will continue to enhance and maintain prudent security standards and procedures to protect against unauthorized access or use of your personal and financial information.

Security Features
Authentication and device identification at login helps safeguard account information and transactions and enables the bank to verify the authenticity of your activity. This helps reduce risk because even if your password is compromised, a potential fraudster still requires additional pieces of information to access the system.

Auto Logoff
Our system automatically logs you out after a period of inactivity.

Password Control and Lockout
After three failed attempts to enter the correct password credentials, the User will be locked out of the system. Super Users will have to contact the bank to regain access while Delegate Users will have to contact the Super User to be unlocked.

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Encryption
Citizens Bank utilizes Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology to protect your data and transmissions over the Internet. This technology encrypts – or scrambles – the information you provide so it's difficult for anyone other than Citizens Bank to read it. We use this technology whenever confidential information, such as your account number or Social Security number is requested. The SSL protocol continuously verifies the identity of each party during the session, encrypting messages to help ensure they remain private and unaltered.

Control Permissions
Control permissions exist within the system where User's access to payment or transfer activities can be restricted or require approval of the Super User prior to completing.

Free IBM® Security Trusteer Rapport® Security Software
To make your online banking more secure, Citizens Bank offers you a FREE IBM® Security Trusteer Rapport® security software download. Learn more and download.

Unauthorized Transactions
While business customers are not entitled to the same regulatory protections as consumers, you should notify the bank as soon as possible if you discover an unauthorized EFT (ATM withdrawals and transfers, POS purchases made with your debit or ATM card, online banking payments, and online transfers) on your business account. We will use all commercially reasonable means to help you resolve the matter.

Contact information

Contact Us
Citizens Bank encourages you to help us protect your information and to keep your information accurate. If you suspect someone has made unauthorized transactions on your Citizens Bank accounts, or if you believe that any information about you is not accurate, please call us anytime at 1-800-428-7463.

If you send us email, we may retain the content of the email and your email address in order to respond to questions or concerns that you may have. Since we cannot ensure our response back to you is secure, we will not include personal or account information such as account numbers in the response.

When We Will Contact You
From time to time, the bank may contact you unsolicited via phone call or email to inform you of a system issue, inform you about new products and services, or in an effort to continue to build the relationship. At no time will you ever receive a call or email from the bank asking you for your login credentials. If you receive a suspicious phone call or email asking for your authentication credentials, you should decline to do so and call us at 1-800-428-7463.

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