Bankers aren't waiting for the FFIEC to act on the release of its updated online authentication. Instead, they've already begun to comply with the major points recommended in the draft. And the death of Osama bin Laden has heightened concerns terrorists' efforts to launder money through legitimate banking channels.
Wire fraud incidents from China prove current security measures, including multifactor authentication, are too easy to bypass. And security pundits say it all points back to why the financial industry needs more guidance about adequate online security.
In the absence of the FFIEC's new guidance, industry experts say banks need to act now to help mitigate online risks associated with commercial accounts. "You can be sure the attacks won't abate until banks fight back," says Gartner's Avivah Litan.
Between March 2010 and April 2011, 20 incidents of wire fraud hit small and mid-sized U.S. businesses. All of the transactions involved payments routed to Chinese economic and trade companies located near the Russian border.
It's been over three months since the accidental disclosure. When will the final FFIEC authentication update be released? "I don't think we're any less safe," says Gartner's Avivah Litan. "We just need to step up enforcements."
RSA executives haven't been commenting publicly since the security solutions vendor revealed last week it had been victimized by a sophisticated cyberattack aimed at its SecurID two-factor authentication product. But weeks before the hack, I spoke with RSA Chief Technology Officer Bret Hartman about advanced...
"Today's risk management professionals really need to take a strategic view of managing risk to be relevant in achieving the organization's expected outcome," says Philip Alexander of Wells Fargo Bank.
Speculation about the pending update to online authentication guidance has been circulating around water coolers for months now. "A [disclosure] like this could make it more challenging for the regulators," says attorney David Navetta.