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How Banks and Credit Unions Are Responding to Emerging Cybersecurity Threats

How Banks and Credit Unions Are Responding to Emerging Cybersecurity Threats

Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to bypass defense measures and exploit emerging weaknesses. Today, financial institutions are fending off security threats that are more ubiquitous, complex, and costly.

As more employees than ever before engage in remote work and online collaboration, this presents a host of potential security gaps. Unsecured home Wi-Fi networks, remote servers, mobile devices, a lack of encryption, and inadequate intrusion detection software are just a few of the factors that contribute to a spike in cyber attacks.

From an internal operations standpoint, it’s equally as important for financial institutions to secure data from basic human error, as 85 percent of data breaches involve a human element, according to the Verizon 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report. Employee awareness training can be the first (and best) defense against emerging cybersecurity threats like business email compromise which is designed to trick people into processing a payment or sharing valuable information.

Leveraging the Latest Technology

Next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) and cloud platforms can also support organizations’ efforts to combat cybersecurity threats. NGFWs offer advanced features that make risk easier to detect, manage and eliminate. SSL/TLS inspection can ensure that encrypted traffic is safe to transmit over the firewall. In addition, threat feeds can help firewalls effectively analyze traffic and route potentially dangerous traffic to a virtual “sandbox,” where it can be processed securely. Automated log analysis is then used to enhance the difficult job of managing voluminous logs and resolving security issues. To learn more about how these advanced features work, listen to our recorded webinar, “Firewall Chat: A Panel Discussion on the Technical Advances in Firewalls”.

Cloud computing is also providing benefits to financial institutions to enhance their security resources. While cloud technology is nothing new, innovations from major platforms like Microsoft, Amazon and Google offer enticing advantages to moving data and business processes into the cloud. But it’s important to keep in mind that employing cloud services requires institutions to use different security practices in order to minimize data breaches and other cyber threats.

Growing Need for Insurance and Expertise

As another developing trend, more companies are adding cyber insurance to their security toolbox. A cyber insurance policy can be an effective way to mitigate risk related to financial losses from cyber attacks. But with more cybercrime happening, organizations can expect to see higher premiums, decreased limits, and changes in exclusions for certain losses.

As cybersecurity threats become more frequent, sophisticated and expensive, financial institutions need to apply more vigilance and expertise to keep hackers at bay. Safe Systems can help ensure that community banks and credit unions have the technical resources they need to effectively address the latest security issues. Managed Perimeter Defense (MPD) offers a combination of professional IT solutions, including device monitoring and management, sandbox analysis, dynamic threat feed analysis, and SSL/TLS inspection.