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Internet Banking News

February 29, 2004

CONTENT Internet Compliance Information Systems Security
IT Security Question Internet Privacy Website for Penetration Testing


FYI  -
Former ViewSonic network admin faces five years inside for hack - A former network administrator for computer monitor maker ViewSonic pleaded guilty to illegally accessing a company server and deleting critical data two weeks after the firm had fired him, the US Department of Justice has said in a statement. 
http://www.silicon.com/networks/lans/0,39024663,10006299,00.htm

FYI  -
NAB nabs e-mail scam - The National Australia Bank is warning all its customers of an e-mail scam which gleans confidential information from online banking accounts.  
http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php?id=1041815809&fp=2&f%20pid=1

FYI  - COMPUTER criminals are using emails claiming to be from federal police to access the files of home internet users, the Australian High Tech Crime Centre warned.  
http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,8707873%5e15319%5e%5enbv%5e15306,00.html

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INTERNET COMPLIANCEDisclosures and Notices

Several consumer regulations provide for disclosures and/or notices to consumers.  The compliance officer should check the specific regulations to determine whether the disclosures/notices can be delivered via electronic means.  The delivery of disclosures via electronic means has raised many issues with respect to the format of the disclosures, the manner of delivery, and the ability to ensure receipt by the appropriate person(s).  The following highlights some of those issues and offers guidance and examples that may be of use to institutions in developing their electronic services.

Disclosures are generally required to be "clear and conspicuous."  Therefore, compliance officers should review the web site to determine whether the disclosures have been designed to meet this standard. Institutions may find that the format(s) previously used for providing paper disclosures may need to be redesigned for an electronic medium. Institutions may find it helpful to use "pointers " and "hotlinks" that will automatically present the disclosures to customers when selected.  A financial institution's use solely of asterisks or other symbols as pointers or hotlinks would not be as clear as descriptive references that specifically indicate the content of the linked material.

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INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY
- We continue our series on the FFIEC interagency Information Security Booklet.  


SECURITY CONTROLS - IMPLEMENTATION - OPERATING SYSTEM ACCESS (Part 1 of 2)


Financial institutions must control access to system software within the various network clients and servers as well as stand-alone systems. System software includes the operating system and system utilities. The computer operating system manages all of the other applications running on the computer. Common operating systems include IBM OS/400 and AIX, LINUX, various versions of Microsoft Windows, and Sun Solaris. Security administrators and IT auditors need to understand the common vulnerabilities and appropriate mitigation strategies for their operating systems. Application programs and data files interface through the operating system. System utilities are programs that perform repetitive functions such as creating, deleting, changing, or copying files. System utilities also could include numerous types of system management software that can supplement operating system functionality by supporting common system tasks such as security, system monitoring, or transaction processing.

System software can provide high-level access to data and data processing. Unauthorized access could result in significant financial and operational losses. Financial institutions must restrict privileged access to sensitive operating systems. While many operating systems have integrated access control software, third - party security software is available for most operating systems. In the case of many mainframe systems, these programs are essential to ensure effective access control and can often integrate the security management of both the operating system and the applications. Network security software can allow institutions to improve the effectiveness of the administration and security policy compliance for a large number of servers often spanning multiple operating system environments. The critical aspects for access control software, whether included in the operating system or additional security software, are that management has the capability to:

! Restrict access to sensitive or critical system resources or processes and have the capability, depending on the sensitivity to extend protection at the program, file, record, or field level;
! Log user or program access to sensitive system resources including files, programs, processes, or operating system parameters; and
! Filter logs for potential security events and provide adequate reporting and alerting capabilities.


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IT SECURITY QUESTION:

C. HOST SECURITY

14. Determine whether adequate policies and procedure govern the destruction of sensitive data on machines that are taken out of service.

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INTERNET PRIVACY
- We continue our series listing the regulatory-privacy examination questions.  When you answer the question each week, you will help ensure compliance with the privacy regulations.

34. Does the institution deliver a revised privacy notice when it: 

a. discloses a new category of nonpublic personal information to a nonaffiliated third party; [8(b)(1)(i)]

b. discloses nonpublic personal information to a new category of nonaffiliated third party; [8(b)(1)(ii)] or

c. discloses nonpublic personal information about a former customer to a nonaffiliated third party, if that former customer has not had the opportunity to exercise an opt out right regarding that disclosure? [8(b)(1)(iii)]

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Note: a revised notice is not required if the institution adequately described the nonaffiliated third party or information to be disclosed in the prior privacy notice. [8(b)(2)])

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Some of the above links may have expired, especially those from news organizations.  We may have a copy of the article, so please e-mail us at examiner@yennik.com if we can be of assistance.  

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