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R. Kinney Williams
Yennik, Inc.

Internet Banking News
for the week of June 16, 2019

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FFIEC information technology audits - As a former bank examiner with over 40 years IT audit experience, I will bring an examiner's perspective to the FFIEC information technology audit for bankers in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma. 

- Congratulations, cyber graduates! - This season millions of students will graduate from a college or university with a degree in their chosen field. This is a great milestone, and each and every one of them is to be congratulated for the fortitude and focus it took to earn their degrees. https://www.scmagazine.com/home/opinion/executive-insight/congratulations-cyber-graduates/

Medical data breaches gain lawmakersí attention - A series of data breaches involving the medical information of more than 20 million has attracted the attention of Congress to write the organization for more details. https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/data-breach/a-series-of-data-breaches-involving-the-medical-information-of-more-than-20-million-has-attracted-the-attention-of-congress/

Huge scope of Australia's new national security laws reveals itself - The Australian Federal Police's hunt for journalists' working files highlights more of the wide-ranging powers granted by the controversial Assistance and Access Act. https://www.zdnet.com/article/huge-scope-of-australias-new-national-security-laws-reveals-itself/

Audit says TVA fails to comply with new federal cyber security measures - The Tennessee Valley Authority has failed to comply with new federal cyber security rules for email and web sites, a new audit shows. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2019/jun/04/audit-says-tva-fails-comply-new-federal-cyber-security-measures/496013/

Watchdog: Current pipeline security plans weak on cybersecurity, coordination - The Transportation Security Administration's plans for pipeline security aren't keeping up with rising threats in cyberspace, according to the Government Accountability Office. https://fcw.com/articles/2019/06/05/tsa-pipeline-security.aspx

The Winners of the National Championship for Girls Go CyberStart 2019 - Congratulate the top three teams in each of the states and find out which three teams scored the highest throughout the U.S. https://medium.com/girls-go-cyberstart/the-winners-of-the-national-championship-for-girls-go-cyberstart-2019-d8586d9f2d37

Nuclear Energy Regulators Need to Bring on More Cyber Experts, Watchdog Says - Cyberattacks on nuclear power stations on the rise, and an aging workforce may soon leave the government struggling to defend plants against the latest threats. https://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2019/06/nuclear-energy-regulators-need-bring-more-cyber-experts-watchdog-says/157545/

U.S. House passes bill that would require DHS to maintain cyber hunt, IR teams - The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed its own version of the DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act of 2019, which would require the Department of Homeland Security to permanently maintain cyber hunt and incident response teams that help prevent and mitigate attacks on federal agencies and the private sector. https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/government-and-defense/tktktktktk-u-s-house-passes-bill-that-w/

Medical cybersecurity execs may have priorities misplaced, study - A recent study sought out how the healthcare industry is dealing with the increasing number of cyberattacks targeting patient data found those charged with securing the data may have their priorities misplaced. https://www.scmagazine.com/home/health-care/medical-cybersecurity-execs-may-have-priorities-misplaced-study/


FYI - Coffey Health System Agrees to $250,000 Settlement to Resolve Alleged Violations of False Claims and HITECH Acts - Coffey Health System has agreed to a $250,000 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims and HITECH Acts. https://www.hipaajournal.com/coffey-health-system-agrees-to-250000-settlement-to-resolve-alleged-violations-of-false-claims-and-hitech-acts/

Collections firm breach exposes data on 7.7M LabCorp customers - Data exposed could include names, credit card information and medical providers, among other things. A security breach at a third-party billing collections firm exposed the personal and financial data on as many as 7.7 million LabCorp customers, the medical testing giant said Tuesday. https://www.cnet.com/news/collections-firm-breach-exposes-data-on-7-7m-labcorp-customers/

Travelersí photos stolen after CBP subcontractor breached - Photos of travelers and vehicles crossing U.S. borders were taken from a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) subcontractor through a cyberattack, the agency said Monday. https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/travelers-photos-stolen-after-cbp-subcontractor-breached/

Paradise lost: 1.1 million accounts exposed in 2018 breach of gaming site Emuparadise - Over 1.1 million accounts managed by the retro gaming website Emuparadise were exposed in a newly reported breach that actually took place back on April 1, 2018. https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/data-breach/paradise-lost-1-1-million-accounts-exposed-in-2018-breach-of-gaming-site-emuparadise/

Shanghai Jiao Tong University exposed 8.4 TB of email data - Independent researcher xxdesmus discovered 9.5 billion rows of email metadata owned by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in a database that didnít require authentication. https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/data-breach/independent-researcher-xxdesmus-discovered-9-5-billion-rows-of-email-metadata-owned-by-shanghai-jiao-tong-university/

Hack Brief: Hackers Stole a Border Agency Database of Traveler Photos - In its rush to gather biometric data from travelers in the US, Customs and Border Protection has apparently neglected basic safeguards to protect it. https://www.wired.com/story/hackers-stole-traveler-photos-border-agency-database/

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We continue covering some of the issues discussed in the "Risk Management Principles for Electronic Banking" published by the Basel Committee on Bank Supervision.

 Board and Management Oversight - Principle 9: Banks should ensure that clear audit trails exist for all e-banking transactions.
   Delivery of financial services over the Internet can make it more difficult for banks to apply and enforce internal controls and maintain clear audit trails if these measures are not adapted to an e-banking environment. Banks are not only challenged to ensure that effective internal control can be provided in highly automated environments, but also that the controls can be independently audited, particularly for all critical e-banking events and applications.
   A bank's internal control environment may be weakened if it is unable to maintain clear audit trails for its e-banking activities. This is because much, if not all, of its records and evidence supporting e-banking transactions are in an electronic format. In making a determination as to where clear audit trails should be maintained, the following types of e-banking transactions should be considered:
   1)  The opening, modification or closing of a customer's account.
   2)  Any transaction with financial consequences.
   3)  Any authorization granted to a customer to exceed a limit.
   4)  Any granting, modification or revocation of systems access rights or privileges.

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FFIEC IT SECURITY - We continue our series on the FFIEC interagency Information Security Booklet.  

  Financial institutions must control access to system software within the various network clients and servers as well as stand-alone systems. System software includes the operating system and system utilities. The computer operating system manages all of the other applications running on the computer. Common operating systems include IBM OS/400 and AIX, LINUX, various versions of Microsoft Windows, and Sun Solaris. Security administrators and IT auditors need to understand the common vulnerabilities and appropriate mitigation strategies for their operating systems. Application programs and data files interface through the operating system. System utilities are programs that perform repetitive functions such as creating, deleting, changing, or copying files. System utilities also could include numerous types of system management software that can supplement operating system functionality by supporting common system tasks such as security, system monitoring, or transaction processing.
  System software can provide high-level access to data and data processing. Unauthorized access could result in significant financial and operational losses. Financial institutions must restrict privileged access to sensitive operating systems. While many operating systems have integrated access control software, third - party security software is available for most operating systems. In the case of many mainframe systems, these programs are essential to ensure effective access control and can often integrate the security management of both the operating system and the applications. Network security software can allow institutions to improve the effectiveness of the administration and security policy compliance for a large number of servers often spanning multiple operating system environments. The critical aspects for access control software, whether included in the operating system or additional security software, are that management has the capability to:
  ! Restrict access to sensitive or critical system resources or processes and have the capability, depending on the sensitivity to extend protection at the program, file, record, or field level;
  ! Log user or program access to sensitive system resources including files, programs, processes, or operating system parameters; and
  ! Filter logs for potential security events and provide adequate reporting and alerting capabilities.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY - We continue the series on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Handbook.

Chapter 20 -

20.3.5 Network-Related Threats

Most of the human threats of concern to HGA originate from insiders. Nevertheless, HGA also recognizes the need to protect its assets from outsiders. Such attacks may serve many different purposes and pose a broad spectrum of risks, including unauthorized disclosure or modification of information, unauthorized use of services and assets, or unauthorized denial of services.

As shown in the figure below, HGA's systems are connected to the three external networks: (1) the Internet, (2) the Interagency WAN, and (3) the public-switched (telephone) network. Although these networks are a source of security risks, connectivity with them is essential to HGA's mission and to the productivity of its employees; connectivity cannot be terminated simply because of security risks.

In each of the past few years before establishing its current set of network safeguards, HGA had detected several attempts by outsiders to penetrate its systems. Most, but not all of these, have come from the Internet, and those that succeeded did so by learning or guessing user account passwords. In two cases, the attacker deleted or corrupted significant amounts of data, most of which were later restored from backup files. In most cases, HGA could detect no ill effects of the attack, but concluded that the attacker may have browsed through some files. HGA also conceded that its systems did not have audit logging capabilities sufficient to track an attacker's activities. Hence, for most of these attacks, HGA could not accurately gauge the extent of penetration.

In one case, an attacker made use of a bug in an e-mail utility and succeeded in acquiring System Administrator privileges on the server--a significant breach. HGA found no evidence that the attacker attempted to exploit these privileges before being discovered two days later. When the attack was detected, COG immediately contacted the HGA's Incident Handling Team, and was told that a bug fix had been distributed by the server vendor several months earlier. To its embarrassment, COG discovered that it had already received the fix, which it then promptly installed. It now believes that no subsequent attacks of the same nature have succeeded.

Although HGA has no evidence that it has been significantly harmed to date by attacks via external networks, it believes that these attacks have great potential to inflict damage. HGA's management considers itself lucky that such attacks have not harmed HGA's reputation and the confidence of the citizens its serves. It also believes the likelihood of such attacks via external networks will increase in the future.

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Please don't hesitate to email me (examiner@yennik.com) if you have any questions.  Have a great week,

R. Kinney Williams, President
IT Security Auditor
Yennik, Inc.

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