The European Union is considering testing banks' defences against cyber attacks, EU officials and sources said, as concerns grow about the industry's vulnerability to hacking.
Cyber attacks against banks have increased in numbers and sophistication in recent years, with criminals finding new ways to target banks beyond trying to illicitly obtain details of their customers' online accounts. Last February $81 million was taken from the Bangladesh central bank when hackers broke into its system and gained access to the SWIFT international transactions network.
Global regulators have tightened security requirements for banks after that giant cyber fraud, one of the biggest in history, and in some countries have carried out checks on lenders' security systems.
Banks "are struggling to demonstrate their ability to cope with the rising threat of intruders gaining unauthorized access to their critical systems and data," a report of the European Banking Authority (EBA) warned in December.
The next step from European regulators to boost security could be an EU-wide stress test.
The European executive commission is assessing additional initiatives to counter cyber attacks, a commission official said. "These include cyber-threat information sharing or penetration and resilience testing of systems."
The European Central Bank announced last year it would set up a database to register incidents of cyber crime at commercial banks in the 19-country euro zone. But exchanges of information among national authorities on cyber incidents remains scant.
The Commission is studying whether EU-wide tests would help step up security, a source at the EU executive said. This would be in addition to controls already carried out by national authorities.
EBA, which is in charge of stress-testing the bloc's banks, is expected to detail in summer the checks it intends to conduct in the next exercise planned in mid 2018.
Hover over the blue highlighted
text to view the acronym meaning
over these icons for more information
No Comments for this Article