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Building Secure-by-Default Software has hurdles…
Keeping up with evolving threats

The pace of cyber threats is relentless, and CTOs and CISOs must stay up-to-date with the latest tactics used by cybercriminals. This requires continuous monitoring of emerging threats and regular security training for employees to ensure they understand the evolving threat landscape and how to stay safe.

Balancing usability and security

Financial services companies must balance the need for usability with the need for security. Employees need to be able to access data and systems quickly and easily, while also ensuring that sensitive data is protected. CTOs and CISOs must develop training programs that help employees understand how to balance these competing needs and adopt best practices to ensure both usability and security.

Phishing and social engineering

Phishing and social engineering attacks remain one of the most significant threats to financial services companies. CTOs and CISOs must develop training programs that teach employees how to recognize and respond to these types of attacks, including how to identify suspicious emails, text messages, and phone calls.

Mobile device security

As more employees use mobile devices to access corporate data, CTOs and CISOs must ensure that these devices are secure. This requires developing training programs that teach employees how to protect their mobile devices, including how to set strong passwords, enable encryption, and avoid risky behaviors such as using public Wi-Fi networks.

Compliance and regulatory requirements

The financial services sector is highly regulated, with compliance and regulatory requirements that mandate information security training for employees. These requirements ensure that financial institutions implement appropriate measures to safeguard sensitive information and comply with laws and regulations related to data privacy, protection, and security like the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) guidelines.

Insider threats

Insider threats are a significant concern for financial services companies, as employees often have access to sensitive data and systems. CTOs and CISOs must develop training programs that teach employees how to identify and report suspicious behavior and how to protect sensitive data from unauthorized access or disclosure.

The Impact of Zero Trust on Information Security in Financial Institutions

Adoption Can Enhance Security Posture, Identity Management, and IT Infrastructure

Enhanced Security Posture

Zero Trust is a security model that requires strict authentication and authorization processes for every user, device, and application seeking access to sensitive data. This approach to security means that financial institutions will be better equipped to detect and mitigate insider threats, phishing attempts, and other malicious activities that could lead to data breaches. By adopting Zero Trust, financial institutions can enhance their security posture and prevent unauthorized access to their networks and data.

Zero Trust requires robust identity management practices, such as multi-factor authentication (MFA) and continuous monitoring of user behavior, to ensure that only authorized users have access to sensitive data. Financial institutions will need to invest in advanced identity management tools and techniques to implement Zero Trust successfully. This focus on identity management will also require a cultural shift within financial institutions, where employees are trained to be more aware of security risks and to follow strict security protocols.

Greater Focus on Identity Management

Increased IT Infrastructure Investment

Implementing Zero Trust will require significant investment in IT infrastructure, including security tools, identity management solutions, and data protection technologies. Financial institutions will need to allocate resources and invest in technology that supports the Zero Trust security model, such as encryption, network segmentation, and endpoint protection. While this investment may be significant, the potential cost of a data breach or cyber-attack far outweighs the initial investment. By implementing Zero Trust, financial institutions can better protect their networks, data, and customers, and maintain their reputation in the market.

Understanding Compliance Regulations for US Financial Institutions

Strengthening Security Posture from Within
Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)

GLBA requires financial institutions to ensure the security and confidentiality of customer information. This includes implementing information security programs that include administrative, technical, and physical safeguards.

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

PCI DSS is a security standard for organizations that handle credit and debit card payments. It requires financial institutions to protect cardholder data, maintain secure networks, and regularly monitor and test their security systems.

Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)

FFIEC is an interagency body that provides guidelines and standards for financial institutions' information security programs. It requires financial institutions to implement a risk-based approach to security and to regularly assess their security posture.

Information security training can help financial institutions fulfill these compliance requirements by providing employees with the knowledge and real-world skills needed to protect sensitive information, identify security risks, respond to security incidents, and build secure by-default.
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