"The FFIEC guidance does a good job of addressing today's and yesterday's threats and suggested techniques, but it is not sufficiently forward-looking," says Gartner's Avivah Litan. "Two years from now, the guidance will be sorely out of date."
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Aite's Julie McNelley says the final FFIEC online authentication guidance offers greater detail in areas such as layered security, but that institutions have much to do to prepare for regulatory assessments in 2012.
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council has formally released the long-awaited update to its "Authentication in an Internet Banking Environment" guidance. The new directives take effect January 2012.
The Final FFIEC Guidance has been issued and its main intent is to reinforce the 2005 Guidance's risk management framework and update the Agencies' expectations regarding customer authentication, layered security, or other controls in the increasingly hostile online environment.
Minnesota faces a government shutdown Friday, and state CISO Chris Buse confronts unexpected barriers in preparing for it. No one yet knows what services the IT security organization must support once the midnight deadline passes.
The release of the list coincides with the issuance of the Common Weakness Scoring System that allows software makers to identify vulnerabilities in their programs and buyers to determine software they acquire is secure.
"We appear to be asking DHS to take on new cybersecurity roles and missions while it is establishing its basic core competencies," Melissa Hathaway says. "Is this reasonable? Do we want DHS to become a first party regulator?"
Security experts at this week's Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit agree: Security, not compliance, has to be the new focus. Cyberintrusions cannot be stopped, and the RSA breach should be a lesson to the industry.
Online and mobile banking are taking the world by storm - especially in the Asia-Pacific region. But many institutions are simply not prepared to manage security and privacy appropriately in these venues, says Gartner's Matthew Cheung.