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NYDFS circulates advisory on file transfers

Privacy, Cyber Risk & Data Security State Issues State Regulators NYDFS Department of Homeland Security 23 NYCRR Part 500 Consumer Protection Act

Privacy, Cyber Risk & Data Security

On June 2, NYDFS notified all regulated entities that an identified SQL injection vulnerability found in a web application of a managed file transfer software may allow unauthenticated attackers to gain access to its database. The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and others circulated the advisory, which cautioned that this vulnerability is being actively exploited by threat actors to deploy ransomware, steal data, and disrupt operations. NYDFS advised all regulated entities to conduct prompt risks assessments on their organizations, customers, consumers, and third-party service providers to mitigate risk. Regulated entities were also reminded about the requirement to report cybersecurity events as promptly as possible but no later than 72 hours at the latest, and that “evidence of unauthorized access to information systems, such as webshell installation, even if there has been no malware deployed or data exfiltrated,” are considered a reportable cybersecurity event under 23 NYCRR Section 500.17(a)(2).