White Paper

A Practical Guide to Anomaly Detection:

Implications of meeting FFIEC minimum expectations for layered security



Page 5 of the FFIEC Guidance Supplement released in June 2011 states that financial institutions need to "detect and response to suspicious activity." More specifically, new layered security controls "should include processes designed to detect anomalies and effectively respond to suspicious or anomalous activity." This is commonly referred to as anomaly detection. But what is "anomaly detection" and how does it work?

This paper is designed to provide actionable information that will help financial institutions understand what the FFIEC is looking for and make a decision on how to proceed with meeting this requirement.

Presented in a Q&A format, it includes:

  • A primer on fraud threats that were the basis for the FFIEC Guideance
  • Anomaly Detection Basics: How it works and what it looks for to identify suspicious activity
  • How anomaly detection recognizes current and future threats, and options available to Fis for how to react
  • Practical implications of deploying and operationalizing anomaly detection, such as how much time does it take each day to review alerts


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