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IMF report warns financial institutions about growing cyber threats today

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  • IMF report highlights rising cyber threats in financial institutions due to digitisation and geopolitical tensions.
  • Cyberattacks have doubled since the pandemic, posing serious concerns for financial stability.

A recent IMF report has raised alarms about the increasing cyber threats faced by financial institutions worldwide. The report underscores the surge in cyber incidents, particularly those with malicious intent, as the financial sector becomes more dependent on digital technologies.

Major Vineet Kumar from CyberPeace points out the vulnerability of financial institutions to cybercriminals due to the rise of fintech and digital banking services. The report warns that severe incidents at major financial institutions could cause systemic threats and significant financial losses.

The IMF report also stresses the importance of international cooperation in combating cyber threats, as financial crimes often transcend national borders. However, many countries, especially emerging economies, lack robust cybersecurity regulations and resources for enforcement.

India’s financial sector faces significant challenges in dealing with cyber threats, as smaller entities may lack the resources to combat sophisticated attacks. While India’s policy framework is evolving, continual adaptation and enforcement of cybersecurity policies are necessary to mitigate risks.

The report recommends strengthening national cybersecurity frameworks, enhancing regulatory frameworks, building a capable cybersecurity workforce, fostering international cooperation, and promoting a culture of cybersecurity awareness within financial institutions to address the growing threat of cyberattacks in the financial sector.

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