By recognizing the fact that cyber criminals will find a way to exploit vulnerabilities, financial companies can improve the way they deliver their services, manage security risks, and train their employees.
For over half a decade, cyber security issues have been a bane for many industries. But firms operating in the financial sector have been the worst affected due to their inability to keep up with the security requirements of the modern world. Most cyber criminals attack firms operating in the financial sector because that’s where all the money is. However, with banks and other firms quickly learning how to strike a balance between being open and being secure, instances of digital break-ins have reduced significantly. That being said, here are some of the potential cyber security threats that the players in the financial sector should watch out for :
Third party cyber security risk
Financial sector companies can experience cyber threats from the third parties and the vendors that they work with. Players in the industry must ensure that they have a system to monitor their vendors or other third party providers continuously. Having a continuous monitoring tool will give companies in the financial sector some relief from cyber threats.
Fourth party cyber security risk
Companies in the financial sector do not generally keep a close watch on their fourth parties. When the fourth party is affected by some ransomware attack, there are high chances of the third party, who has the company’s vital information also to be affected.Therefore, it is essential to keep a close watch on fourth party activities also from time to time.
Global business operation risk
For financial sector companies that operate across borders or at an international level, the threat of cybersecurity is greater. So, companies operating at a global scale must be aware of the cyber threats prevalent in the regions that they operate in.
Distributed Denial of Service, or DDOS, is the latest buzzword in the financial sector. This form of cyber attack causes a temporary outage of services, affecting the company’s operations.Some common examples of companies affected by these attacks were Amazon and Paypal.