BITS addresses issues at the intersection of financial services, technology and public policy, where industry cooperation serves the public good, such as critical infrastructure protection, fraud prevention, and the safety of financial services. BITS is the technology policy division of The Financial Services Roundtable, which represents 100 of the largest integrated financial services companies providing banking, insurance, and investment products and services to the American consumer.
This month discusses digital safety deposit boxes, and a more recent trend, the secure storage and sharing of sensitive information in the cloud. We examine its potential as a springboard for new services and products, as well as the security and competitive threats it presents. Read more
BITS President Paul Smocer testified to the Senate Banking Subcommittees on the opportunities and risks of digital currencies, specifically Bitcoin. Senators discussed their concerns with digital currencies and the potential need to increase regulation. Full testimony
The toolkit provides awareness and education for employees of financial institutions. It examines common mortgage servicing fraud schemes, identifies red flags and best practices, and provides tools and tactics for employees to leverage as they work to recognize these threats when dealing with customers. Read more
The BITS Mobile Technology Layered Security Model supplements the previously published BITS Mobile Financial Services Threat Assessment. The model is a tool for financial services leaders to manage risks associated with mobile banking services, including understanding the risks, corresponding controls, and the dynamics of the mobile ecosystem. Read more Press release
BITS created a fraud advisory on questionable income tax refunds, oulining suspect scenarios, details and characteristics of the scenarios, red flags, and detection and prevention strategies for financial institutions that process tax refund deposits. It is meant to help institutions recognize scenarios that are potentially fraudulent. The advisory was developed in collaboration with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the BITS Fraud Reduction Program.
Security for Bring Your Own (Mobile) Device recommends security practices for financial institutions to allow employees to use their personally-owned mobile devices to access corporate resources. The paper focuses on devices with mobile operating systems such as iOS, Android, Windows RT, or Blackberry. Threat categories, mitigation strategies, and policies are reviewed.
On March 25, BITS filed comments to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) on the proposed Social Media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance. The letter requests a more specific definition of social media,
fTLD Registry Services, LLC (fTLD), a joint venture between The Financial Services Roundtable and the American Bankers Association, submitted applications to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to operate two generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), .bank and .insurance, on behalf of the financial services industry. If awarded, consumers will be assured they are accessing legitimate financial companies and transacting through the most secure cyber environment available today. [Press Release] [BITS gTLD History] [fTLD wewbsite]