Financial services organizations possess a Mount Everest of critical data and information supporting the monetary health of an army of customers of various types.
On a daily basis, the average financial services company handles thousands of complex and critical transactions processed through mammoth data centers and numerous third-party vendors.
Given all of the above, in addition to having an extremely high regulatory compliance risk exposure, it’s no surprise the financial services industry is a prime target of cyber criminals.
The success of financial entities depends quite a lot on trust, and a critical component of trust is cyber security, which is a key issue for investors, consumers, regulators, and employees all the way up to boards of directors.
Failure in any of these areas is not just embarrassing but extremely costly in terms of customer confidence, brand reputation, and fines and penalties for noncompliance.
Here are the 4 cyber security strategies every financial services company needs to be using to secure its business across current and emerging threats:
Cyber security needs to be a top priority throughout the organization to ensure the security of customer assets and information, the alignment of processes, and the efficient, reliable execution of transactions within markets.
While regulations are mostly about compliance, compliance does not equal security. To properly manage risk, you need to identify the greatest threats to your organization and focus your time and attention on those.
You must also identify, prioritize, and manage risk relative to its potential impact on mission-critical operations so that you can balance security needs against cost considerations, designing an enterprise solution that secures your people, facilities, processes, and technologies.
Business and technology innovations that you are adopting in your quest for growth, innovation, and cost optimization are likely introducing new vulnerabilities and complexities into your technology ecosystem. This means that you need to be proactive and vigilant, continually assessing your cyber security risks, strengths, and weaknesses.
And finally, your cyber security solution must provide real-time visibility into processes, systems, data, and equipment with a complete view of any vulnerabilities that may arise across the enterprise.
Clearly these challenges aren’t trivial. Financial services firms must be able to demonstrate to their customers and to regulators that they have adequate cyber defenses and associated controls and governance, while remaining competitive and able to conduct business efficiently.