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Thales can help your organization comply with New York State Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies

New York State Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies Compliance

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The New York State Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies, or 23 NYCRR Part 500, took effect March 1, 2017. These Requirements address a broad array of topics from policy and governance issues to security methods.

Thales provides many of the solutions you need to comply with these requirements.

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Regulation Summary

New York State’s Department of Financial Services Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies regulation:

Is designed to promote the protection of customer information as well as the information technology systems of regulated entities. This regulation requires each company to assess its specific risk profile and design a program that addresses its risks in a robust fashion. Senior management must take this issue seriously and be responsible for the organization’s cybersecurity program and file an annual certification confirming compliance with these regulations. A regulated entity’s cybersecurity program must ensure the safety and soundness of the institution and protect its customers.

It is critical for all regulated institutions that have not yet done so to move swiftly and urgently to adopt a cybersecurity program and for all regulated entities to be subject to minimum standards with respect to their programs. The number of cyber events has been steadily increasing and estimates of potential risk to our financial services industry are stark. Adoption of the program outlined in these regulations is a priority for New York State.1

We excerpt below specific Sections of 23 NYCRR Part 500 with which Thales can help your organization comply:

Section 500.06 Audit Trail

Each covered entity shall … include audit trails designed to detect and respond to Cybersecurity Events that have a reasonable likelihood of materially harming any material part of the normal operations of the Covered Entity.

Section 500.07 Access Privileges

As part of its cybersecurity program, based on the Covered Entity’s Risk Assessment each Covered Entity shall limit user access privileges to Information Systems that provide access to Nonpublic Information and shall periodically review such access privileges.

Section 500.08 Application Security

Each Covered Entity’s cybersecurity program shall include written procedures, guidelines and standards designed to ensure the use of secure development practices for in-house developed applications utilized by the Covered Entity, and procedures for evaluating, assessing or testing the security of externally developed applications utilized by the Covered Entity within the context of the Covered Entity’s technology environment.

Section 500.11 Third Party Service Provider Security Policy

Each Covered Entity shall implement written policies and procedures designed to ensure the security of Information Systems and Nonpublic Information that are accessible to, or held by, Third Party Service Providers.

Section 500.14 Training and Monitoring

As part of its cybersecurity program, each Covered Entity shall … implement risk-based policies, procedures and controls designed to monitor the activity of Authorized Users and detect unauthorized access or use of, or tampering with, Nonpublic Information by such Authorized Users….

Section 500.15 Encryption of Nonpublic Information

As part of its cybersecurity program, based on its Risk Assessment, each Covered Entity shall implement controls, including encryption, to protect Nonpublic Information held or transmitted by the Covered Entity both in transit over external networks and at rest.

1https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Cybersecurity_Requirements_Financial_Services
_23NYCRR500.pdf

Compliance Summary

Thales can help you meet the many of the requirements in 23 NYCRR Part 500 through the following:

Section 500.06 Audit Trail

Thales’ Vormetric Data Security Platform includes Security Intelligence Logs that generate audit trails designed to detect and respond to Cybersecurity Events that have a reasonable likelihood of harming any material part of the normal operations of the enterprise.

Section 500.07 Access Privileges

Thales’ Vormetric Data Security Manager enables the organization to limit user access privileges to Information Systems that provide access to Nonpublic Information.

Section 500.08 Application Security

With Thales’ Vormetric Application Encryption your organization can encrypt specific files or columns in databases, big data nodes, and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments. The application encryption solution features a set of documented, standards-based APIs that can be used to perform cryptographic and key management operations in your technology ecosystem.

Section 500.11 Third Party Service Provider Security Policy

Thales can work with you and your third-party service providers to ensure their security meets your own rigorous standards. In addition, Thales has specialized cybersecurity products and services for enterprises using the Cloud, SaaS, and other third-party services. These include multi-cloud encryption with centralized key and access control management as well as cloud key management and protection.

Section 500.14 Training and Monitoring

Thales’ Vormetric Transparent Encryption delivers Security Intelligence Logs that let your organization identify unauthorized access attempts, as well as build baselines of authorized user access patterns. Vormetric Security Intelligence completes the picture with pre-built integration to leading Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems that make this information actionable. The solution allows immediate automated escalation and response to unauthorized access attempts and collects all the data needed to build behavioral patterns required for identification of suspicious use by authorized users.

Section 500.15 Encryption of Nonpublic Information

Thales’ Vormetric Transparent Encryption protects data with file and volume level data-at-rest encryption, access controls, and data access audit logging without re-engineering applications, databases or infrastructure. Deployment of the transparent file encryption software is simple, scalable, and fast, with agents installed above the file system on servers or virtual machines to enforce data security and compliance policies. Policy and encryption key management are provided by the Vormetric Data Security Manager.

Thales also offers High Speed Encryptors (HSEs) that provide network independent data-in-motion encryption (Layers 2,3 and 4) ensuring data is secure as it moves from site-to-site, or from on-premises to the cloud and back. Our HSE solutions allow customers to better protect data, video, voice, and metadata from eavesdropping, surveillance, and overt and covert interception—all at an affordable cost and without performance compromise.

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