It is understood and expected that auditors and examiners will ask financial institutions about the safeguards, controls, and tools in place that drive and strengthen their cybersecurity governance. But as FINOSEC President and CEO Zach Duke describes in today’s video, they will also be looking for additional components. The industry is seeing expectations to describe the nuances of what questions and processes were present in cyber related strategic decisions, a concept called “credible challenge.” Auditors and examiners are looking for validation that the Board and other executive leadership members are asking solid questions and demonstrate compelling processes in making decisions around cybersecurity. Watch the video from Zach below and come back after the break for further discussion.
The practice of user access reporting within financial institutions has historically been an arduous process that relies on archaic technology and is both time and labor intensive. While generating multiple user access reports per year would be ideal, many financial institutions, through no fault of their own, often find they can only produce the bare minimum amount of reporting required annually. But as cyber risks continue to grow and the regulatory requirements continue to increase, it is vital that financial institutions can quickly and easily produce these reports, and with increased frequency.
The landscape of cyber risk, and the equal and opposite best practices, is an ever evolving, ever growing, moving target. Staying abreast of the latest recommendations and regulatory expectations can be a daunting task, but it isn’t one that has to be faced alone. Partnerships between community banks and the right FinTech can make all the difference. Zach Duke, CEO and Founder of FINOSEC, sits down with the FinTech Cowboys at FedFis to discuss the nuances of the industry and share their mutual belief that these partnerships help ensure everyone can win. Built on the idea that everyone deserves simple cybersecurity governance, Zach shares how FINOSEC comes alongside community bankers to meet those challenges head on. Furthermore, they discuss how, in a technology saturated environment, trust and integrity are still the heart of these successes. Watch the video below and check out the notes after the break.
Contracts are typically dense, highly detailed documents that can be hard to navigate. After wading through strikingly specific legal verbiage, it can be difficult to ascertain whether or not the contracts are accomplishing everything they claim to be. As a result, financial institutions may wonder how they can feel confident in signing such a document. Systematically and thoroughly reading and reviewing the contract before agreeing to its terms are vital, but knowing how to do that well can be tough. Prior to conducting a review, you’ll need to understand the expectations of the relationship: which products/services were selected, any prerequisites or additional costs to implement, term(s) of the agreement, and the stakeholders. Conducting a contract review is vital to reduce overall risk, ensure that the provisions are correct, and provide both sides with the opportunity to fully understand what they are agreeing to before the final signing decision is made. Regulatory requirements mandate that each institution is responsible for reviewing and understanding vendor contracts and/or agreements - but that is easier said than done.
Threats to your cybersecurity and information security programs are not just external. In fact, 60% of security breaches are internal threats. The weakest component in your cybersecurity posture will always inherently be the human link.
In the ever evolving landscape of cyber risk, cyber insurance is more important than ever. This is a policy that is specifically tailored to the cybersecurity and information security needs of your institution, potentially covering incidents such as ransomware, cyber extortion, data destruction, and more. To engage with insurers and take out such a policy, the broker will be asking for information around how you secure your institution, including your user access practices and how you are managing to least privilege. CEO and Founder Zach Duke spends a few minutes sharing the cautionary tale of the National Bank of Blacksburg as well as some things to consider when working to secure this type of insurance. Watch the video then read on for further discussion.
The FDIC requires that within a financial institution’s budget there must be a specific allocation for cybersecurity elements. That is, that there is money going toward services, programs, and coverage related to this item. More than just a requirement, though, it is important that your institution structures the budget in such a way that you can feel confident in your cybersecurity and information security abilities. Because “cybersecurity” can tend to be a rather nebulous term, sometimes getting lumped together with all things IT, Founder and CEO Zach Duke spends a few minutes discussing how to have fruitful conversations and create an effective budget around this element. Watch the video below for more information.
Earlier we discussed the frequency of user access reviews and how often they should be completed. You can read that blog here. It seems that there is a direct correlation between user access review frequency and the difficulties associated with those reviews. A highly manual process will inherently prohibit increased frequency due to increased time requirements. President and CEO Zach Duke talks about the challenges these reviews pose to you and/or your staff, and some next steps on how to make that process a little simpler. Take a couple minutes to watch the video below.
User access reviews can be a complex, time consuming process. Coupled with the regulatory expectations regarding these reviews and their frequency, they prove to be an arduous task that is far too often hindered by reliance on legacy systems. We believe everyone deserves a simple approach to cybersecurity, and user access reviews are no exception. President and CEO Zach Duke asks some questions regarding user access, and FINOSEC would like to hear your feedback on your experiences and opinions on this matter. Watch the video below for more information.
The ever evolving landscape of cybersecurity and cyber risk presents a unique challenge. As the threats and associated risks continually change, it can be difficult to stay abreast of the latest recommendations, guidance, and best practices. FINOSEC President and CEO Zach Duke spent some time talking to Joel Williquette, Senior Vice President of Operational Risk Policy for the ICBA to discuss some practical cybersecurity tips for community banks. We have linked the entire conversation at the bottom of this post, but here are 5 of the key takeaways in considering how to identify, evaluate, and address cybersecurity risks at your institution.