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New York Department of Financial Services issues Covid-19 cybersecurity guidance

State Issues Covid-19 NYDFS Privacy/Cyber Risk & Data Security New York

State Issues

On April 13, the New York Department of Financial Services issued guidance on cybersecurity awareness during the Covid-19 pandemic. The guidance identifies three areas of heightened risk: (i) remote working, including the risks associated with less secure internet connections, expanded use of less secure personal devices, increased use of video and audio-conferencing applications, and use of unauthorized personal accounts and applications to transmit non-public information; (ii) increased online phishing and fraud attempts; and (iii) increased risk to third party vendors. In accordance with the DFS’s cybersecurity regulation, all regulated entities are instructed to assess these risks and address them appropriately. 

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