FS-ISAC Launches the CERES Forum: World's First Threat Information Sharing Group For Central Banks, Regulators and Supervisors

FS-ISAC Launches the CERES Forum: World's First Threat Information Sharing Group For Central Banks, Regulators and Supervisors

Inaugural global community will bring together financial regulators, central banks and supervisors to combat cyber and physical crime, enhancing financial sector resiliency

Reston, Va. and Singapore – June 11, 2018: The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) today announced the launch of the CERES (CEntral banks, REgulators and Supervisory entities) Forum effective July 1, 2018.  The CERES Forum is a new information sharing group for central banks, regulators and supervisors to share information impacting global security and resiliency. It is the first such global platform bringing together these entities to guard against ever-growing cyber and physical threats and to meet their unique needs.

The impact of cyber-attacks including the 2017 WannaCry, data breaches and account takeover attacks leveraging global payments systems against central banks and regulators demonstrate that security is a global concern. The CERES Forum will help these entities be more effective in defending against attacks that could impact the global financial services sector and the world’s economies.

“Cyberthreats have become increasingly frequent, complex and sophisticated,” said Bill Nelson, FS-ISAC president and chief executive officer. “The sharing of information and best practices among authorities in a timely way to address the rapidly evolving threats is critical. Today, there is no dedicated forum or system for regulators, central banks and supervisors to share information on cyber and physical threats. The CERES Forum will bridge that gap with a platform that facilitates secure sharing of information about threats, vulnerabilities and incidences to stay ahead of crime.”

The new forum is separate from the FS-ISAC community of banks, credit unions, insurance companies, investment companies and other financial institutions, which provides a trusted space for private financial institutions to share information. A new standalone secure portal and processes will ensure FS-ISAC member confidentiality.

The mission of the CERES Forum is to provide a trusted means for central banks, regulators and supervisors to:

  • Share best practices related to regulatory and compliance controls
  • Gather useful feedback from industry about which controls are most effective
  • Distribute rapidly information on cyberthreats, vulnerabilities, incidents and other threat intelligence that could impact financial services, including attacks that target central banks, regulators and supervisors themselves

While employees working in operations from over three dozen central banks, regulators and supervisory entities are already members of FS-ISAC, this is the first time a community is being created to focus on the needs of supervisory and regulatory employees.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), which collaborated with FS-ISAC to establish an Asia Pacific Regional Intelligence and Analysis Centre in 2017 to encourage sharing and analysis of cybersecurity information between financial institutions in the region, also played a key role in conceptualizing the CERES Forum.

For more information on the CERES Forum and how to join the community, please visit fsisac.com/CERESForum.

About FS-ISAC:

The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) is a non-profit corporation that was established in 1999 and is funded by its 7,000 member firms headquartered in 44 countries with users in 72 countries. FS-ISAC is a member-driven organization whose mission is to help assure the resilience and continuity of the global financial services infrastructure and individual firms against acts that could significantly impact the sector’s ability to provide services critical to the orderly function of the global economy. FS-ISAC shares threat and vulnerability information, conducts coordinated contingency planning exercises, manages rapid response communications for both cyber and physical events, conducts education and training programs and fosters collaborations with and among other key sectors and government agencies. Follow us on Twitter @FSISAC, on LinkedIn or visit fsisac.com

FS-ISAC media contact:
Jane Khodos
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