Friday, May 25, 2018
Section 201 of the bill grants relief to depository institutions and holding companies with total consolidated assets of less than $10 billion, including community banks and credit unions. The bill recommends that "appropriate Federal banking agencies shall issue regulations that allow for a reduced reporting requirement for a covered depository institution."
Key provisions of the act:
An amendment devised to close a loophole that allows massive foreign banks to avoid regulations by tallying their U.S. assets in ways that enable them to fall under the $250 billion threshold was rejected. When enacted, the bill will delegate oversight to federal and state bank supervisors to ensure participating financial institutions remain within appropriate leverage ratios.
In addition, the bill, when enacted, will require the Social Security Administration to electronically authenticate borrowers within 24 hours by linking their personally identifiable information (PII) to its database. This will replace the current manual process for checking SSNs that relies on handwritten signatures and can take days to verify, according to federal authorities.
Security analysts have observed new attack vectors that use automation and artificial intelligence to detect user passwords, profiles and behavioral traits. The increasingly sophisticated attacks necessitate a proportional response from organizations to protect their networks, analysts noted. Robert Capps, vice president of business development at NuData Security, a Mastercard company, said passive biometrics and behavioral analytics can thwart attempted intrusions. These technologies can devalue stolen data and decipher between legitimate users from fraudsters, which protects consumers, merchants and financial institutions, he added.
Children are particularly vulnerable, Capps noted, because they do not have an immediate need to apply for loans or lines of credit. Victims may not learn their identities have been compromised until they become adults and are denied school loans or other forms of credit due to the false indicators of fraudulent behavior associated with their PII. This is why the U.S. government is taking steps to proactively prevent consumers and children from becoming a victims of fraud, he said.
"Synthetic identity theft is one of the reasons many ecommerce companies and financial institutions are turning to multilayered solutions that incorporate passive biometrics and behavioral analytics," Capp stated. "With these technologies, even when the consumer's static information (such as Social Security numbers, date of birth, and other data) is stolen, the breached credentials cannot be used to log into someone else's account or to make a fraudulent transaction, making the stolen data useless."
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