The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has released guidance for covered financial institutions regarding its cybersecurity rule (the “Cybersecurity Rule” or “Rule”) that took effect on March 1, 2017. The guidance comes in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and a summary of key compliance dates. Although the guidance is apparently intended to assist covered financial institutions as the clock ticks towards the first of the Rule’s phased compliance deadlines less than six months away, the guidance is unlikely to make the implementation challenges many financial institutions will face any less daunting.

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