Credit unions’ feedback sought via CISA survey on critical infrastructure needs

Credit unions are being encouraged to participate in a survey by the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) that seeks to identify what types of CISA services best meet their needs for cybersecurity, the institutions’ federal regulator said Thursday.

CISA describes itself as “the operational lead for federal cybersecurity and the national coordinator for critical infrastructure security and resilience.”

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), in an “NCUA Express” message Thursday to subscribers, said survey data “will inform the selection of cybersecurity services offered by CISA to Critical Infrastructure organizations such as credit unions in the future.”

The NCUA said the survey closes July 8, though the online survey form shows an expiration date of June 30.

Among the survey topics – besides things like the participating organization’s size and sector – are what CISA services the participant is using, what types of services it might use if they were offered, and challenges in meeting cybersecurity goals.

The NCUA noted that financial institutions, including credit unions of all sizes, are considered critical infrastructure in the United States “and should always operate under the assumption that they are a target for cyber criminals and potentially hostile foreign nations.” It said CISA encourages their participation “(t)o ensure appropriate prioritization.”

Survey: Critical Infrastructure Pilot Customer Survey