FINRA urged firms to prepare for potential "cyber and physical attacks" originating from the Iranian government. FINRA issued the Notice in response to a Department of Homeland Security Bulletin concerning potential terrorist threats by Iran.
In the Notice, FINRA advised firms to prepare by:
- regularly reviewing relevant threat and intelligence alerts;
- assessing their cybersecurity programs and procedures, and their Business Continuity Plan, in order to determine if such programs and procedures would enable the firm to identify, prevent, and mitigate potential terror-related cyber threats, as well as respond adequately to any potential disruptions that may occur; and
- enhancing "organizational vigilance" by (i) monitoring internal security capabilities, (ii) maintaining proper system access and (iii) identifying anomalous behavior.
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