The FFIEC provided two statements in order to notify financial institutions of the growing trend of cyber-attacks involving destructive malware and obtaining online credentials for theft, fraud or business disruption
These statements do not contain any new regulatory expectations for financial institutions. They are intended to alert financial institutions of these specific growing threats and to ensure that financial institutions remain up-to-date on the below enhancements and the FFIEC’s expanded focus on technology service providers’ cybersecurity preparedness.
In accordance with FFIEC guidance, financial institutions should complete the following:
Securely configure systems and services
Review, update and test incident response and business continuity plans
Conduct ongoing information security risk assessments
Protect against unauthorized access
Implement and test controls around critical systems regularly
Enhance information security awareness and training programs
Participate in industry information-sharing forums, such as the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Cent
The FFIEC also included the below resources with additional information for strengthening user awareness of safe online practices.