Announcements, Payments Security

Secure Payments Task Force to Conclude This Month

The Secure Payments Task Force will conclude its efforts in March with a final publication consisting of a collection of educational materials outlining the lifecycles and security profiles of today’s primary payment methods.

Task force participants will transition into the Federal Reserve’s FedPayments Improvement Community, established to provide stakeholders with opportunities to engage in the Federal Reserve’s ongoing payment improvement initiatives. As part of the community, task force participants will have opportunities to participate in work groups as they are established, to provide input into payments improvement efforts, and to attend online and in-person events.

“The Federal Reserve is grateful for the commitment demonstrated by these 200 industry leaders, and we are proud of the important work they’ve done to identify and establish payment security priorities,” said Esther George, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, who is leading the Federal Reserve’s payments improvement initiatives. “There is more work ahead, and we are counting on the payments community to continue to bring dedication and expertise to the pursuit of a more secure payment system.”

Established in June 2015 in support of the Federal Reserve’s Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System, the task force has engaged more than 200 financial institutions, consumer groups, payment service providers, financial technology firms, merchants, government agencies, and others interested in payment security improvement efforts.

Take a look at some of the Secure Payments Task Force’s accomplishments:

  • Identified key security improvement priorities of payment identity management, data protection, and information sharing to help reduce risk and fraud;
  • Developed an online reference for payment fraud and risk information-sharing data sources, including intelligence reports, payments fraud trends, best practices and/or benchmarks;
  • Documented payment lifecycles and security profiles (to be published in mid-March on (Off-site)) to educate stakeholders and provide perspectives on the lifecycles of the most common payment types, including security methods, identity management controls, sensitive data involved, and relevant laws and regulations, as well as challenges and improvement opportunities related to each payment type;
  • Contributed to the development of security-related faster payments effectiveness criteria and assessment of faster payments solution proposals for the Faster Payments Task Force;
  • Provided feedback to the Federal Reserve on expanding fraud data reporting, resulting in an enhancement of the Federal Reserve’s Payment Study.

Stay tuned! As later this year, the Federal Reserve expects to initiate new collaborative industry work groups to advance the work begun by the task force, informed by a planned study to analyze payment fraud and security vulnerabilities, assess potential approaches to mitigate them, and identify misalignment of incentives that may hinder progress.

For more information, read the press release in its entirety.