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Financial Institution Letter
FFIEC Cybersecurity Assessment Tool
Frequently Asked Questions


The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued a Frequently Asked Questions guide related to the Cybersecurity Assessment Tool (CAT).

Statement of Applicability to Institutions with Less than $1 Billion in Total Assets: This Financial Institution Letter (FIL) applies to all FDIC-supervised institutions.


  • The FFIEC published the Cybersecurity Assessment Tool in June of 2015 as a voluntary tool to help financial institutions' management identify risk and determine their cybersecurity preparedness.
  • The CAT provides a repeatable and measurable process that financial institutions may use to measure their cybersecurity preparedness over time.
  • Use of the tool is voluntary. Financial institution management may choose to use the CAT or another framework, or another risk assessment process to identify inherent risk and cybersecurity preparedness.
  • The FAQs clarify points in the CAT and supporting materials based on questions received by the FFIEC members over the course of the last year.
  • Financial institution management primarily is responsible for assessing and mitigating their institution's cybersecurity risk, including risks from services provided by third-parties. Financial institutions may find the latest information about cyber security risk management at the FFIEC Cybersecurity Awareness website .

Suggested Distribution:

  • FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

Suggested Routing:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Information Office
  • Chief Information Security Officer

Paper copies may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 3501 Fairfax Drive, E-1002, Arlington, VA 22226 (1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200).

Last Updated: October 18, 2016