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Upcoming cyber threats for the financial services industry

Technology continues to expand into different areas of life. Learn about potential cybersecurity trends that may affect your financial institution.

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Cybersecurity trends

The financial services industry depends more and more on technology every day. Mobile devices and social media drive the charge of consumer technology dependence. Experts predict a greater use of new technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), self-driving cars, and drones. The cyber threat world will change as technology advances.

The Division of Banks (DOB) advises financial institutions and non-depository institutions to be aware of the evolving cyber threat landscape.

Cybersecurity threat trends currently predicted by security firms include and increase in:

  • Ransomware developed to attack cloud-based technologies and data storage systems
  • Access to customized ransomware by offering ransomware as a product or service
  • Ransomware sophistication with military-grade encryption, offline encrypting, etc.
  • Expansion of IoT, with possible Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on the IoT.
  • High-tech attacks and ransomware on mobile devices
  • Business e-mail compromise attacks, resulting in high dollar theft. Business e-mail compromise attacks often involves fake wire transfer requests. This type of attack is also known as CEO impersonation.
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