Anecdotes, Codat, Skyflow, and Very Good Security join Open Finance Data Security Standard

Friday 26 August 2022 10:14 CET | News

Anecdotes, Codat, Skyflow and Very Good Security (VGS) have joined the consortium of fintech and security compliance companies, supporting the Open Finance Data Security Standard (OFDSS). 


OFDSS is a proposed framework of requirements that address security risks commonly encountered by emerging financial technology companies that handle consumer financial information. 

The new supporting companies are joining a consortium of OFDSS supporters, including fintech technology companies Flinks, MX, Plaid, and Truework, and security compliance companies Drata, Laika, Secureframe, and Vanta. 

In November 2021, the first draft of OFDSS was published, establishing a common framework for consumer data security, privacy and control that also supports innovation among emerging cloud-native, digital finance companies that handle sensitive information. 

A new version of the framework (version 1.2) was recently published, updating the proposal to outline application security controls that secure a company’s software development lifecycle. The OFDSS framework now includes 79 individual security requirements across 13 control domains that address common data security risks. These requirements are contextualized with implementation guides, along with audit steps for ensuring compliance. 

A needed standard for a changing financial landscape

Digital finance innovation has thrived due to the availability of cloud infrastructure and enabling technologies that have made it easier for companies to deliver digital financial services at scale. As a result, thousands of new apps and services have emerged over the last decade, representing a significant change in how financial services are delivered, and also the profile of companies that provide them. 

OFDSS addresses auditable data security guidelines that maintain alignment with common and relevant criteria found in other security frameworks such as SSAE18 TSC for Security and NIST CSF, while providing clear requirements optimized for cloud-native, technology-focused startups and growth-stage companies. 

Next steps

OFDSS is designed to be a living document that will evolve over time to meet the needs of the industry, incorporate new technology, and mitigate emerging risks. Initial customer pilot programs are planned to take place before the end of year. 

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Keywords: cybersecurity, fraud prevention, compliance, fintech, Open Finance
Categories: Fraud & Financial Crime
Companies: Codat, Skyflow, Very Good Security
Countries: World
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