Department of Labor Issues Retirement Plan Cybersecurity Guidance

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently provided its first guidance for plan sponsors related to cybersecurity for retirement plans. Cybersecurity of plan and participant data is a critical topic for retirement plan management. Significant amounts of financial and Personal Identifiable Information (PII) are transmitted between plan sponsors and third parties managing their retirement plans. Under ERISA, plan fiduciaries are required to mitigate the risks associated with managing their plans.

The guidance consists of three documents covering the following topics:

  1. Tips for hiring service providers – Covering information the plan sponsor should review prior to hiring service providers and information that may be included in the service providers’ contract.

  2. Cybersecurity best practices – Detailed guidance on how to create and monitor a cybersecurity program for plan-related IT systems and data.

  3. Tips for online security – Basic rules for plan sponsors and participants related to creating and maintaining a high level of security for online passwords and accounts.

A link to the DOL cybersecurity guidance can be found here.

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