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R. Kinney Williams
Yennik, Inc.

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January 6, 2008

CONTENT Internet Compliance Information Systems Security
IT Security Question
 
Internet Privacy
 
Website for Penetration Testing
 
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FYI
- Tonawanda man faces prison time, fine for hacking - A Tonawanda man is facing prison time after pleading guilty Thursday to a felony charge of computer hacking, federal officials said. http://www.silive.com/newsflash/metro/index.ssf?/base/news-24/1198196075180460.xml&storylist=simetro

FYI -
NCUA - Letters to Credit Unions 07-CU-13 - Supervisory Letter-Evaluation Third Party Relationships.     www.ncua.gov/letters/2007/CU/07-CU-13.pdf 

ATTACKS, INTRUSIONS, DATA THEFT & LOSS

FYI - Dormitory Authority hunts missing ID tapes - Data on hundreds of current, former workers were lost in transit - Data tapes containing Social Security numbers, phone numbers and addresses for up to 800 current and former employees of the state Dormitory Authority, many of whom live in the Capital Region, are missing. http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=648817&category=FR

FYI - Manual catches 2 student hackers - Jefferson teachers toughen passwords - Computer passwords will get tougher for thousands of Jefferson County teachers, after two duPont Manual seniors were involved in a scheme to hack into school computers to boost grades, erase absences and post coming tests. http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071219/NEWS01/712190859/1008/NEWS01

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WEB SITE COMPLIANCE -
Advertisements

Generally, Internet web sites are considered advertising by the regulatory agencies. In some cases, the regulations contain special rules for multiple-page advertisements. It is not yet clear what would constitute a single "page" in the context of the Internet or on-line text. Thus, institutions should carefully review their on-line advertisements in an effort to minimize compliance risk.

In addition, Internet or other systems in which a credit application can be made on-line may be considered "places of business" under HUD's rules prescribing lobby notices. Thus, institutions may want to consider including the "lobby notice," particularly in the case of interactive systems that accept applications. 


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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECURITY
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We continue our series on the FFIEC interagency Information Security BookletThis booklet is required reading for anyone involved in information systems security, such as the Network Administrator, Information Security Officer, members of the IS Steering Committee, and most important your outsourced network security consultants.  Your outsourced network security consultants can receive the "Internet Banking News" by completing the subscription for at https://yennik.com/newletter_page.htm.  There is no charge for the e-newsletter. 

SECURITY PROCESS 

Action Summary - Financial institutions should implement an ongoing security process, and assign clear and appropriate roles and responsibilities to the board of directors, management, and employees.

OVERVIEW

The security process is the method an organization uses to implement and achieve its security objectives. The process is designed to identify, measure, manage and control the risks to system and data availability, integrity, and confidentiality, and ensure accountability for system actions. The process includes five areas that serve as the framework for this booklet:

1)  Information Security Risk Assessment - A process to identify threats, vulnerabilities, attacks, probabilities of occurrence, and outcomes.

2)  Information Security Strategy - A plan to mitigate risk that integrates technology, policies, procedures and training. The plan should be reviewed and approved by the board of directors.

3)  Security Controls Implementation - The acquisition and operation of technology, the specific assignment of duties and responsibilities to managers and staff, the deployment of risk - appropriate controls, and assurance that management and staff understand their responsibilities and have the knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary to fulfill their duties.

4)  Security Testing - The use of various methodologies to gain assurance that risks are appropriately assessed and mitigated. These testing methodologies should verify that significant controls are effective and performing as intended.

5)  Monitoring and Updating - The process of continuously gathering and analyzing information regarding new threats and vulnerabilities, actual attacks on the institution or others combined with the effectiveness of the existing security controls. This information is used to update the risk assessment, strategy, and controls. Monitoring and updating makes the process continuous instead of a one - time event.

Security risk variables include threats, vulnerabilities, attack techniques, the expected frequency of attacks, financial institution operations and technology, and the financial institution's defensive posture. All of these variables change constantly. Therefore, an institution's management of the risks requires an ongoing process.


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IT SECURITY QUESTION: 
A. AUTHENTICATION AND ACCESS CONTROLS - Access Rights Administration

2. Determine if the user registration and enrollment process

Uniquely identifies the user,
Verifies the need to use the system according to appropriate policy,
Enforces a unique user ID,
Assigns and records the proper security attributes (e.g., authorization),
Enforces the assignment or selection of an authenticator that agrees with the security policy,
Securely distributes any initial shared secret authenticator or token, and

Obtains acknowledgement from the user of acceptance of the terms of use.


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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.


Content of Privacy Notice

9)  Does the institution list the following categories of nonpublic personal information that it collects, as applicable:

a)  information from the consumer; [6(c)(1)(i)]

b)  information about the consumer's transactions with the institution or its affiliates; [6(c)(1)(ii)]

c)  information about the consumer's transactions with nonaffiliated third parties; [6(c)(1)(iii)] and

d)  information from a consumer reporting agency? [6(c)(1)(iv)]

 

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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