Revised Policy Templates for April 2015
The update to these products is in response to the FFIEC’s Press Release dated 03/30/15 that announced two statements about ways that financial institutions can identify and mitigate cyber-attacks that compromise user credentials or use destructive software, known as malware. In addition, the FFIEC provided information on what institutions can do to prepare for and respond to these threats.
Cyber attacks have increased in frequency and severity over the past two years. The attacks often involve the theft of credentials used by customers, employees, and third parties to authenticate themselves when accessing business applications and systems. Cyber criminals can use stolen credentials to commit fraud or identity theft, modify and disrupt information system, and obtain, destroy, or corrupt data. Also, cyber criminals often introduce malware to business systems through e-mail attachments, connecting infected external devices, such as USB drives, to computers or networks, or by introducing the malware directly onto the business systems using compromised credentials.
In accordance with FFIEC guidance, institutions should:
- Securely configure systems and services;
- Review, update, and test incident response and business continuity plans;
- Conduct ongoing information security risk assessments;
- Perform security monitoring, prevention, and risk mitigation;
- Protect against unauthorized access;
- Implement and test controls around critical systems regularly;
- Enhance information security awareness and training programs; and
- Participate in industry information-sharing forums, such as the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center.