Social media, mobility and cloud computing are new areas of risk for organizations, and risk managers need to go back to the fundamentals of understanding the information they are protecting, says Robert Stroud, ISACA's international vice president.
The FFIEC's updated online authentication guidance urges banks and credit unions to do better jobs of authenticating and identifying devices, areas that aren't bolstering the kind of security they could, says security expert Ori Eisen.
Doug Johnson of the American Bankers Association says banking institutions should spend the next five months focusing on their risk assessments, as they work to meet the FFIEC's new authentication guidance update.
Now that the FFIEC's updated online authentication guidance is out, banking institutions need to move forward in preparation for 2012 compliance, says Julie McNelley, banking fraud analyst for Aite Group.
Multifactor authentication and layered security are steps financial institutions should take to protect their customers. But certain strategies are more problematic than successful when it comes to preventing fraud.
"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 "Two years from now, the guidance will be sorely out of date."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 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.
Fraud expert Ori Eisen says banks spend too much time reacting to ACH fraud, rather than trying to stop it. Now that the FFIEC's new online authentication guidance is official, banks must focus on eliminating outdated solutions and moving toward automated solutions for device identification and log analysis.
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.