August 07, 2018

ECB published the Services Procurement Guidelines, which are referred to in, and are an integral part of, the Threat Intelligence-Based Ethical Red Teaming (TIBER-EU) framework. The guidelines set out in detail the different elements of TIBER-EU procurement. TIBER-EU framework enables European and national authorities to work with financial infrastructures and institutions to put in place a program to test and improve their resilience against sophisticated cyber attacks. Due to the sensitive nature of TIBER-EU tests, entities need to carefully select threat intelligence and red teaming providers that can provide an appropriate level of professional expertise and support for conducting the test.

The first part of the document sets out the requirements and standards that must be met by threat intelligence providers to deliver recognized TIBER-EU tests and offers guiding principles and selection criteria for entities, as they look to procure services from prospective providers. Then, the document sets out the requirements and standards that must be met by red teaming providers to deliver recognized TIBER-EU tests and offer guiding principles and selection criteria for entities, as they look to procure services from prospective providers. Next, it provides guidance to authorities that are looking to implement TIBER-EU at the national and European levels, with regard to procurement. Annex 1 provides a list of certifications that staff members and providers may be, depending on the case, required to possess. Annexes 2-5 provide questions that entities could use when considering prospective providers and agreement checklists to assist the procurement functions during their procurement process.

The guidelines are directed at authorities responsible for the adoption, implementation, and management of the TIBER-EU Framework at national and European levels; entities looking to undertake TIBER-EU tests; organizations interested in providing cyber threat intelligence services under TIBER-EU; organizations interested in providing red team testing services under TIBER-EU; and accreditation and certification providers. As the TIBER-EU Framework is implemented across EU, the TIBER-EU Knowledge Center (TKC) will monitor the evolution of the threat intelligence and red team testing market and update the requirements, if necessary. TKC will undertake this task by closely liaising with the authorities that adopt the TIBER-EU Framework, the entities that undertake the tests, and the threat intelligence/red teaming providers that deliver the tests.

 

Related Link: Guidelines (PDF)

Keywords: Europe, EU, Banking, Insurance, Securities, PMI, Cyber Risk, TIBER-EU, Cyber Resilience, Procurement Services Guidelines, ECB