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.
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 Now that the FFIEC's new online authentication guidance is official, banks must focus on eliminating outdated solutions and moving toward automated solutions for device identification and log analysis.
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.
Leigh Williams says preventing online data breaches requires cooperation within the online ecosystem from domestic and international organizations. Spearheading and maintaining that cooperation requires federal oversight, he contends.
"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?"
Building on existing contactless NFC technology could bridge the gap between the mag-stripe and chip and PIN. And the Smart Card Alliance says merchants should begin investing in infrastructure upgrades now.