FinTech companies need to manage their IT infrastructure to ensure their daily activities and operations continue running efficiently. FinTech or Financial Technology firms heavily depend on complex IT and cybersecurity systems to manage their businesses. Over time, these systems undergo deterioration and become vulnerable to security attacks. As a result, FinTechs require upkeep and maintenance of such business-critical systems.
FinTech and BFSI (Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance sector) companies are encouraged to enhance their IT infrastructure for:
Reducing IT Security Risks – Planning, setting scope, and mitigating cyber threats are a part of a comprehensive IT InfraSec management program. High severity incidents, attacks, and data leaks are less frequent and have minimal impact when threat and vulnerability management is implemented. The first step in reducing the IT security risks is to determine the features essential to protect infrastructure. The next step is to set up monitoring and visibility infrastructure that ensures the ongoing scans of all systems. Identification of internal and external infrastructure vulnerabilities and threats is very important. Any MSSP (Managed Security Service Providers) could be called in to provide their services so as to speed up the deployment of security across the FinTech company. MSSPs (Managed Security Service Providers) help in performing threat detection and incident response exercises and simulations. They also help in hunting threats across the organizational systems and network. Cybersecurity professionals from MSSPs perform root cause analysis to each and every incident that occurred within the infrastructure. Complying with government regulations and standards is also crucial to running FinTech businesses. MSSPs ease your journey to getting compliance certified.
Continuity of Operations – Even the most powerful cybersecurity frameworks can’t guarantee that there will be no incidents, leaks, or other cyber-attacks. A fintech company with good IT infrastructure management doesn’t have to shut down if sensitive data is lost or corrupted. Instead, the backups and data recovery plans are most likely in place. Infrastructure management also provides FintTech companies with effective incident management policies that include:
- Identification of the occurrence of malicious activity
- The relevant alerts logged and documented
- Analysis and investigation procedures implemented
- Adjustment and assignment of the tasks to professionals
- Remediation and resolution of alerts and incidents
- Customer Feedback is analyzed for continuous improvement
Implementation could be scaled-up and down – The deployment of substantial IT infrastructure, frequently on short notice, is one of the most difficult tasks that FinTechs face. This procedure can be made simple by good infrastructure management, that allows the company to scale up and down as needed. Infrastructure management encompasses assistance with architecture implementation at all stages of the process. This includes original planning, development and acquisition, lifecycle management, and secure system termination. A strong managed architecture implementation package should also interact seamlessly with any current risk and incident management infrastructure. To entirely protect the sensitive assets, architecture implementation should also involve extensive training and awareness services. This ensures that all stakeholders understand their duties and how to uphold them.
Well-organized regulatory compliance – Another reason for the FinTech industry is ensuring compliance with numerous legislations. The PCI-DSS applies to any BFSI organization that processes credit card transactions or cardholder data. PCI-DSS is the acronym for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. Many businesses may be forced to perform SOC audits due to governmental or industry pressure. This is to ensure that the AICPA’s (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) SOC requirements are met. SOC stands for Security Operations Center. Fintechs working in or near the healthcare sector will almost certainly need to comply with HIPAA, either as covered firms or business associates. HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. These are just a handful of the compliance issues that companies in the FinTech industry might face. A regulatory compliance advice package should be included in every comprehensive infrastructure management program. That package must optimize and streamline compliance through assessment, mapping, and reporting.
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