Cyber Risk Model for Mobile Digital Financial Services (mDFS):
Strengthening access to secure mobile money systems
Leveraging Cyber Expertise for Global Good
We believe that the mobile money ecosystem should be secure in all parts of the world. But in some places financial apps present higher risk. Apps often are text messaging-based and not associated with banks. Our project, Securing the Mobile Money Ecosystem: Dynamic Cyber Risk Model for Improving Secure Access to Mobile Digital Financial Services (mDFS), combines MITRE’s extensive experience in cybersecurity and statistical analysis to estimate the impact of technical security threats and improve secure access to mDFS. Read our research to learn more about how we created a cyber risk model that will impact mobile security.
What is a Risk Model?
Identify the Risk
When system components (people and things) interact, even benign interaction creates risk to the system’s integrity. More than one system creates a system-of-systems. A risk model helps understand system-of-systems security.
Model the Risk
A risk model is a decision framework that analyzes how system actors and components, or multiple dependent systems, interact and create cybersecurity risks, and what can be done to protect the ecosystem.
Apply the Model
The model enables a user to identify and isolate relevant system components (people and things), which then highlights likely system risks, and what solutions the user should invest in to reduce system risk.
Like 3D glasses, the complete picture of the mobile digital financial service security still is not clear unless viewed through two lenses.