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User Access Review Best Practices: Step 2 - Start With The Most Important

FINOSEC posted in Cybersecurity, Innovation, Fintech, Banking, community banking, User Access, User Access Reporting, Information Security Officer, Cyber

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We learned about the importance of a System Map in Step One: Building the Foundation, last week.

This week, we are discussing Step 2 – Start with the Most Important. In this critical step in the user access review process, you will identify the most important systems by identifying the high-risk activities each system performs.

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User Access Review Best Practices:            Step 1 - Building the Foundation

FINOSEC posted in Cybersecurity, Innovation, User Access, User Access Reporting, information security, infosec

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Let’s acknowledge a few things at the start.

  1. User access reviews (UAR) are important, and increasingly so.

  2. Examiners expect you to complete them regularly.

  3. They’re a crucial element of your overall cybersecurity program.

  4. They’re complicated and they take time.

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User access reviews are (not) hard and (don’t have to) take too much time!

FINOSEC posted in Cybersecurity, Innovation, community banking, User Access, User Access Reporting, information security, Information Security Officer, infosec

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Do you believe the full title? Or do you believe the parenthetic comments are a better descriptor? Here’s a simple and universal truth of the human condition: we tend to avoid tasks we think will be hard. Or complicated. Or time consuming. Or all three!

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FINOSEC’s technology-based pain reliever for your user access reviews

FINOSEC posted in Cybersecurity, Innovation, What's New, Latest News, Banking, community banking, User Access, User Access Reporting, information security, infosec

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Financial institutions have long viewed user access reviews as a double edged sword. On one hand, regulators require them. They’re a crucial component in managing to least privilege. But they’re a challenge to conduct on a regular schedule. And if you have to rely on legacy technology and outdated manual processes, the frustrations can compound logarithmically.

But you don’t need to be stuck in the past. Help is on the way.

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User access reviews are a nuisance. Not!

FINOSEC posted in Cybersecurity, User Access, User Access Reporting, information security, frequency, infosec

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User access reviews are important. They also tend to be a complex, time-consuming task. When you add the regulatory and cybersecurity insurance expectations about these reviews and how often they really should be completed, it gets worse. Finally, to complete the picture, you may have to rely on legacy systems or tedious manual processes. It all adds up to one big “ouch.”

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There is more to Cyber Insurance than you may think.

FINOSEC posted in Cybersecurity, Innovation, Fintech, Cyber Attack, Banking, community banking, insurance, Security, information security, infosec, Cyber

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Cybersecurity insurance is an increasingly important component of your financial institution’s overall information security program. When a data breach or other hostile technology event occurs, cybersecurity insurance proceeds can provide funds to repair your hardware, recover intellectual property, and even pay for the work you do to reverse adverse reputational impacts.

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How you can deliver an all-star information security audit

FINOSEC posted in Cybersecurity, Guidance, checklist, board, board training, training, Exam, Exam Readiness, preparedness, Security, information security, Processess, independence, Information Security Officer

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Bank examiners and auditors constantly change their expectations. The result is you feel as if your information security practices are trying to hit a moving target while the boundaries shift constantly.

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Be ready for Cybersecurity Awareness Month – use Finosec’s Cybersecurity Awareness Toolkit

FINOSEC posted in Cybersecurity, Innovation, Banking, cybersecurity awareness month, toolkit, community banking, information security, 2022

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month occurs in October. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) created it to increase general awareness of emerging online threats and how best to avoid them.

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How do you manage access to all of your banking systems?

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User Access

There are likely a high number of systems in place at your institution. Running a successful financial institution relies heavily on tools and technologies that will improve the efficiencies of you and your team.

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Does your institution still have outdated processes in place?

FINOSEC posted in Cybersecurity, Innovation, board training, Exam Readiness, preparedness, Security, information security, Information Security Officer

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In a video released to FINOSEC Academy, Co-Founder and CEO, Zach Duke, poses some questions around the processes you currently have in place at your institution. Regardless of which department you think of first, it is likely that some outdated processes are still in place, and your information security and cyber security teams are no exception.

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