As the threat landscape of the electronic payments system evolves, the Federal Reserve Banks remain vigilant to reduce risk across our services. We frequently communicate with your organization to share key Federal Reserve Bank updates and security insights. But security is everyone’s responsibility, and your organization should ensure that your staff is ready.

The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) is hosting the eighth annual Cyber-Attack Against Payment Systems (CAPS) exercises (Off-site). These two-day tabletop exercises are virtual, confidential sessions designed to simulate an attack on payment systems and processes. We encourage all of our customers to consider participating in this year’s CAPS exercises.

The Federal Reserve Banks participated in the planning of the upcoming CAPS exercises, which are designed to help organizations:

  • Practice mobilizing quickly and working under pressure
  • Critically evaluate information, when available
  • Discover any gaps in current incident response plans
  • Assess overall preparedness and current resources
  • Receive insights on best practices in case of a cyberattack

Who should attend?

Registration (Off-site) for CAPS is free, and it is open to all FS-ISAC members and most regulated financial institutions. If you have any questions about the CAPS exercises, you can contact FS-ISAC staff at

When are the sessions?

There are two identical sessions available on the following dates:

  • October 9-10, 2018
  • October 16-17, 2018

Security breaches and system compromises are more common than we would like to believe. Make sure you and your organization are equipped to handle these attacks. We encourage you to consult your organization’s information security team to learn more about these threats and the tools to counteract them.


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