The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has recently approved a proposed rule that requires federally insured credit unions to promptly report any cyber incidents to the NCUA within 72 hours. This rule aims to enhance the financial sector’s defenses against cyber threats.


Under the new rule, credit unions must report cyber incidents to the NCUA if they involve a significant loss of confidentiality, integrity [2] [3] [4], or availability of member information systems [2] [3] [4], disruption of member services [2] [4], or a serious impact on operational systems and processes [2] [4]. To comply with this requirement, credit unions are advised to review their existing incident response plans [1], assess contracts with third-party service providers [1], and ensure that employees are adequately trained to identify and report cyber incidents [1]. When reporting to the NCUA, credit unions must provide critical details such as their name, charter number [1], and a concise description of the incident [1] [3]. Comments on the proposed rule can be submitted within 60 days of its publication in the Federal Register [2].


This regulation represents a significant step in strengthening the financial sector’s defenses against cyber threats [1]. By mandating prompt reporting of cyber incidents, credit unions can take immediate action to mitigate the impacts and prevent further damage. It is crucial for credit unions to prioritize cybersecurity measures, review their incident response plans [1], and ensure that employees are well-equipped to handle cyber incidents. This proactive approach will help safeguard member information systems, maintain the integrity of member services, and protect operational systems and processes [2] [4]. The NCUA’s commitment to enhancing cybersecurity in the financial sector sets a precedent for future regulations and underscores the importance of staying vigilant against evolving cyber threats.