Are Banks Taking Chances With Cyber Security?

Anja Reschke

Open Vault --- Image by © CorbisEvery business is at risk of a cyber attack every day. But some sectors – like banks and financial institutions – are bigger targets than others.

The reasons may seem obvious, but besides the “money” aspect, banks are also attractive to cyber criminals for the following reasons:

  • Their biggest assets are mainly electronic
  • The vast amount of transactions and communications make them more vulnerable to intrusion

In addition to the financial and reputational risks of a cyber attack, banks could also face criminal risks if it is determined that the attack was the result of regulatory noncompliance. The banking industry is highly regulated, and the controls are always tightening when it comes to security and the protection of sensitive data.

So banks must try to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals in the sophistication of their security systems. But that’s not happening to the extent it should be, according to a survey by Ernst & Young (EY).

EY’s Global Information Security Survey shows that the amount that CFOs are investing in cyber security is not keeping up with the increasing complexity of cyber attacks.

  • 74% of organizations say their cyber security measures only partially meet their needs.

The survey also discovered that most organizations only have a moderate level of cyber security, in which they react only when an attack has been detected instead of anticipating and preparing for attacks before they happen.

According to the report, in order to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals, banks need to shift their focus from detection to prevention. It recommends that CFOs work with IT and the board to take stock of where they stand and where they need to be, and then fill in the gap with a mature cyber security plan aimed at safeguarding the bank’s critical assets.

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This information was based on EY’s Global Information Security Survey 2014 and the EY video, “Cyber security for banking and capital markets.”

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About Anja Reschke

Anja Reschke is the Senior Director of Strategic Ecosystem Marketing at SAP. She is responsible for the development of joint strategic marketing plans, programs, and activities, with global strategic services and technology partners.