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Presenting Annual Security Reports To The Board

With the change of Reg P (Bank Protection) to Reg H and the implementation of information security procedures under GLB, what is your feeling about how annual reports on security should be made to the Board? Should there be a separate physical security report and a separate information security report or should they be combined for an overall security report?

Answer by Andy Zavoina:

So long as required reports are properly made it would not matter. If this is one person doing both they could be combined.

Personally I would recommend dividing them for accountability and to separate physical security (robbery, SARs, alarms, etc.) from technological security. When asked for your reports by examining teams, they may find it easier if there are different teams for each. There is no reason to invite questions from one team about an issue not directly within their scope.


Answer by Dana Turner:

Depending upon the way the organization's structured, this could be a difficult question. I suggest creating the annual security report using three (3) components:
- Physical security;
- Procedural security; and
- Information security.

Physical security generally deals with facilities and what the institution owns. Procedural security generally deals with how the institution operates. Information security is often a hybrid -- containing both physical and procedural issues. The Facilities Manager, Information Systems Manager and the Security Officer should each author their respective pieces of the report -- and then decide who's going to review each component and then coordinate the final report production.

A guide is available in Banker Tools entitled, "Annual Security Program Report - How to Prepare".

First published on 07/07/03

First published on 07/07/2003

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