Jeff Kopchik of the FDIC says too much emphasis on what's "missing" from the FFIEC's new guidance detracts from regulators' intent: providing financial institutions with a guideline for securing online transactions.
"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 "Two years from now, the guidance will be sorely out of date."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.
No one is really sure when the FFIEC's new authentication guidance will be issued, but we do know banking institutions can't afford to wait. Hence, our new FFIEC Authentication Guidance Resource Center.
"I'd like to make sure our recommendations fit with what the FFIEC is recommending, to continue to help us mitigate risk," says Michael J. Wyffels, SVP and CTO of QCR Holdings Inc. "But the hackers seem to continue to find new ways to exploit vulnerabilities."
Strong authentication, using both fact-based and behavioral-based fraud detection solutions, should be part of every financial institution's layered security approach, says Reed Taussig, CEO of ThreatMetrix.
David Navetta, an attorney who specializes in IT security and privacy, says the magistrate's recommendation, if accepted by the judge, could set an interesting legal precedent about the security banks are expected to provide for commercial customers.
For nearly two years, banks and businesses across the U.S. have been plagued by a wave of corporate account takeover. And while there's no one answer, Texas bank examiner Phillip Hinkle sees ways that institutions can better detect and prevent these crimes.