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ENISA issues report on network information and security in the finance sector

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security ("ENISA"[1]), has recently published a research report, ‘Network and Information Security in the Finance Sector’[2], which focuses on the regulatory landscape and priorities within the finance sector, in relation to the securing of cyberspace and e-communications.

The report highlights the significant role played by information and communication technologies within essential functions of EU economies, which in turn reinforces the critical importance of having strong mechanisms in place to secure and protect all sectors, including the finance sector.

The aim of the report was to understand and compare information security objectives within the finance sectors of the majority of the 28 Member States of the EU, so that a clear vision of prospects and priorities for the future could be established.

According to the report, large international banking groups generally demonstrate a good understanding of the risk landscape and security schemes available to them. This is reflected by the fact that many have introduced enhanced good practices, including in areas of IT governance. However, many medium sized stakeholders demonstrate “limited top management involvement”, and lack the “capacity to be certified against current industry standards, and a de-prioritisation of security investments”.[3]

The following key aspects were highlighted in the top-level executive summary:

  • Convergence of regulations are desirable in relation to reducing the current non-standardised and often overlapping NIS requirements.
  • NIS compliance costs for companies operating in multiple EU states can be burdensome.
  • Clearer NIS definitions and guidelines are needed for both compliance and good practice.
  • International cooperation on NIS issues might be the most feasible solution in establishing common and appropriate guidelines.

Based on the information collected (from both desktop research, interviews with national financial supervisory authorities, and questionnaires from industry representatives), the report offers four main recommendations, as set out below:

  1. The European Banking Authority (EBA) and ENISA should consolidate the non-standardised and “scattered” obligations relating to NIS, through “supervisory guidelines”.
  2. ENISA should implement guidelines on how supervision of NIS practices within the FS sector, “apply by extension to their supply chain”, which should include providers of cloud services operating within the FS sector.
  3. ENISA should establish guidelines summarising the key conditions related to adoption of cloud-based applications or services in the FS sector.
  4. ENISA should support the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS) in organising NIS stress tests, which should be regular and voluntary in nature. The purpose of these stress tests would be to uncover “black swan” risks and “unknown unknowns”.

A copy of ENISA’s report can be found here.