Top 3 Threats to Cybersecurity in Banking

What's at Risk? Your Customers, Your Brand.

Data breaches negatively affect a financial institution’s bottom line. But even worse and harder to recover from is the damage to your brand. It’s an arms race between bad actors and the threats they have in their arsenals versus a financial institution and the defenses they have in place—and the balance is in constant flux. The prize the attackers are after is worth it and extremely valuable: customers' personally identifiable information (PII).

Top Threats as of 2023, the Damage they Do, and How to Prevent Them

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Brute Force and Credential Stuffing

Brute force and credential stuffing attacks are the holy grail for bad actors and do the most damage: customer takeovers and account lockouts.

Prevent via strong password policies and multi-factor authentication (MFA).

Stop via early detection and identifying increases in failed logins.

Those Are the Attacks. Now, What About the Targets?

Given the enduring prevalence of the attacks listed above, it’s not surprising that most of the targeted tech involves some kind of authentication technology, whether that’s login pages, APIs, or Anonymous File Transfer Protocols (AFTP). Websites and DNS are both susceptible to attack either via the exploit of vulnerabilities or DDoS, so it’s not possible to tell how those vectors map to these targets.

What to Do Next? We Can Help.

Compared with other sectors, the banking industry tends to place greater importance on substantive and overarching cybersecurity programs. Still, it faces many of the same challenges that other industries do when it comes to building and maintaining security programs in the face of both attacker trends and entropy.


Learn about the security solutions F5 offers for financial services to help you minimize both risk and cost.

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