Governor Cuomo Announces First-In-The-Nation Cyber Security Regulation Protecting Consumers And Financial Institutions From Cyber-Attacks To Take Effect March 1
Check out the full article below, and the original as posted by the New York State Department of Financial Services: http://www.dfs.ny.gov/about/press/pr1702161.htm
What does it mean to you? Here is what prominent law firm White & Case has to say: http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/nys-department-of-financial-services-44693/
Regulation Protects Consumer Data and Financial Systems from Terrorist Organizations and Other Cyber Criminals
Regulated Financial Institutions Must Establish and Maintain a Cybersecurity Program to Protect Consumers and the Industry
Regulation Emphasizes Compliance Culture at Top Levels of the Institution
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the first-in-the-nation cybersecurity regulation to protect New York's financial services industry and consumers from the ever-growing threat of cyber-attacks will take effect on March 1, 2017. The final regulation requires banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions regulated by the Department of Financial Services to establish and maintain a cybersecurity program designed to protect consumers' private data and ensure the safety and soundness of New York's financial services industry.
"New York is the financial capital of the world, and it is critical that we do everything in our power to protect consumers and our financial system from the ever increasing threat of cyber-attacks," Governor Cuomo said. "These strong, first-in-the-nation protections will help ensure this industry has the necessary safeguards in place in order to protect themselves and the New Yorkers they serve from the serious economic harm caused by these devastating cyber-crimes." New York State Department of Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo said, "With this landmark regulation, DFS is ensuring that New York consumers can trust that their financial institutions have protocols in place to protect the security and privacy of their sensitive personal information. As our global financial network becomes even more interconnected and entities around the world increasingly suffer information breaches, New York is leading the charge to combat the ever-increasing risk of cyber-attacks."
The final risk-based regulation includes certain regulatory minimum standards while encouraging firms to keep pace with technological advances. The new regulation provides important protections to prevent and avoid cyber breaches, including:
- Controls relating to the governance framework for a robust cybersecurity program including requirements for a program that is adequately funded and staffed, overseen by qualified management, and reported on periodically to the most senior governing body of the organization;
- Risk-based minimum standards for technology systems including access controls, data protection including encryption, and penetration testing;
- Required minimum standards to help address any cyber breaches including an incident response plan, preservation of data to respond to such breaches, and notice to DFS of material events; and
- Accountability by requiring identification and documentation of material deficiencies, remediation plans and annual certifications of regulatory compliance to DFS.