In the latest weekly update, ISMG editors discuss how the Silicon Valley Bank crash will affect innovation in the cybersecurity space, why the SEC fined cloud provider Blackbaud $3 million for its "erroneous" breach details, and why the feds fined a web hosting firm in a kids' insurance site hack.
The former parent company of Silicon Valley Bank filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday in an effort to streamline the sale of its assets. Silicon Valley Bank itself isn't included in the reorganization filing since the FDIC took over the commercial banking business on March 10.
The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a slew of new cybersecurity rules for the companies underpinning the U.S. stock market, the latest sign of increasing unhappiness among Biden administration officials about the private sector's management of digital risk.
Europe's largest bank, HSBC, agreed on Monday to buy the United Kingdom subsidiary of Silicon Valley Bank, and Canada's government took control of SVB's Canadian branch late Sunday. Regulators have stepped in to reassure depositors, and at least two other regional banks are facing liquidity issues.
Silicon Valley Bank's sudden and unexpected demise left numerous cybersecurity startups facing insolvency. But their crisis has been averted: U.S. government officials announced that beginning Monday, insured and uninsured Silicon Valley Bank depositors will have access to all of their money.
One top venture capitalist says the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history will make it harder for security startups to get loans and credit lines. For decades, SVB was one of the few institutions willing to extend money to early-stage firms that got the cold shoulder from traditional banks.
The European Central Bank will conduct cyber stress tests to determine banks' resilience against cyberattacks. The tests, which will receive a "significant amount of time and resources," are set to be completed by mid-2024, said Andrea Enria, ECB's top official for oversight.
In the latest weekly update, ISMG editors discuss important cybersecurity and privacy issues, including how the new U.S. cybersecurity strategy doubles down on hitting ransomware, how the strategy shifts liability issues to vendors, and why check fraud is on the rise and what can be done about it.
Faster payment technology has been around for years, but fraud continues to dominate the conversation, says Reed Luhtanen of the U.S. Faster Payments Council. Luhtanen says all payment systems have a fraud problem, and firms will be able to curb faster payment fraud with more experience and data.
Tools such as image analysis are of little help to banks dealing with check fraud since, most of the time, checks that are deposited are legitimate, says Karen Boyer, senior vice president for financial crimes at M&T Bank. She says the best way to deal with this fraud is to closely monitor accounts.
India and Singapore made it easier and cheaper for their citizens to send and receive money through the integration of UPI and PayNow, but could this move lead to a rise in cross-border online payment scams? Reports of UPI-related fraud surged in India in 2022.
Crypto exchange firm Coinbase has confirmed that an SMS phishing campaign aimed at stealing employee credentials resulted in a minor data breach. The company estimates the latest campaign is part of the phishing campaign that successfully compromised Twilio and Cloudflare last year.
The false positive rate for detecting check fraud typically is very high because it's such an analog process. To detect fraudulent checks faster, banks need to pair their legacy detection capabilities with image analysis solutions, says Trace Fooshee, strategic adviser with Aite-Novarica Group.
Banking Trojans, ransomware, fake finance apps programmed to steal data - the cybercriminal cartels have become more punitive in 2023, escalating destructive attacks on financial institutions. This is just one key finding of the annual Cyber Bank Heists report by Contrast Security's Tom Kellermann.
Improved credit card security has forced fraudsters to look for other channels, and check fraud is proving to be an easier route for them, says Michael Diamond of Mitek Systems. Even worse, new technologies are enabling fraudsters to develop even better counterfeit checks.