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Internet Banking News

November 26, 2000

INTERNET SECURITY - Over the next few weeks we will cover the FDIC's paper "Risk Assessment Tools and Practices or Information System Security" dated July 7, 1999. This is our first selection for your reading.

Whether financial institutions contract with third-party providers for computer services such as Internet banking, or maintain computer services in-house, bank management is responsible for ensuring that systems and data are protected against risks associated with emerging technologies and computer networks. If a bank is relying on a third-party provider, management must generally understand the provider's information security program to effectively evaluate the security system's ability to protect bank and customer data.

The FDIC has previously issued guidance on information security concerns such as data privacy and confidentiality, data integrity, authentication, non-repudiation, and access control/system design. This paper is designed to supplement Financial Institution Letter 131-97, "Security Risks Associated With the Internet," dated December 18, 1997, and to complement the FDIC's safety and soundness electronic banking examination procedures. Related guidance can be found in the FFIEC Information Systems Examination Handbook.

INTERNET COMPLIANCE - Advertisement Of Membership

The FDIC and NCUA consider every insured depository institution's online system top-level page, or "home page", to be an advertisement. Therefore, according to these agencies' interpretation of their rules, financial institutions subject to the regulations should display the official advertising statement on their home pages unless subject to one of the exceptions described under the regulations. Furthermore, each subsidiary page of an online system that contains an advertisement should display the official advertising statement unless subject to one of the exceptions described under the regulations. Additional information about the FDIC's interpretation can be found in the Federal Register, Volume 62, Page 6145, dated February 11, 1997.

We hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

 

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