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Digital Financial Services Security Clinic – Eswatini

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​29-30 November 2021​​

The main objectives of the Security Clinics on DFS security was to share findings and lessons learned from the FIGI Security Infrastructure and Trust working group. The findings assisted the regulators and providers to:
The security clinics were  intended for IT security professionals and policymakers from the telecom/ICT regulator, DFS providers and Central Bank.

The sessions addressed​ the following areas of focus: 

Note:  The time indicated below is in Eswatini local time – UTC+2


​Day 1: 29 November 2021​​

14:30 – 14:50
Welcome  Address
​14:50 – 16:15
DFS security vulnerabilities: USSD, STK and Android platform vulnerabilities

This session will introduce the ITU DFS security lab and highlight the vulnerabilities to USSD and STK and Android based applications. Threats like Man in the middle attacks that could impact digital financial services and the SIM jacker vulnerability in SIM Cards would be discussed. The session will also provide and an overview of the security tests that can be undertaken in the DFS Security Lab at ITU. ​

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16:15 - 17:30 

​DFS Security Assurance Framework 

This session will discuss the DFS security assurance framework that can be implemented by DFS providers to better manage the risks and mitigate their impact.

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Day 2: 30 November 2021​​​

14:30 – 16:00 
DFS security vulnerabilities: Infrastructure vulnerabilities and mitigation measures (Mobile Infrastructure vulnerabilities)

Telecom infrastructure vulnerabilities such as SS7 can be exploited by an intruder to intercept calls and SMSs, bypass billing, steal money from mobile money accounts, or affect mobile network operations.  This session will present the main findings of the Security, Infrastructure and Trust Working Group on securing the infrastructure against SS7 vulnerabilities and threats. 

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​​16:00 – 17:30 
​Implementing the DFS security assurance framework and security audit for DFS.

This will be a hands-on session focusing on initiating the process to implement the DFS security assurance framework in Eswatini and identify the DFS Mobile Money applications that could be tested in the ITU DFS security lab. ESCCOM and the Central Bank of Swaziland team should familiarize themselves with the DFS security assurance framework prior to the session. A follow-up session will be held afterwards to assess the implementation.