Open Finance Data Security Standard (OFDSS)

Open Finance Data Security Standard

OFDSS establishes a common framework for consumer data security, privacy and control that also supports innovation among new and emerging cloud-native, digital finance companies.

Improve data security for the digital finance ecosystem

Establish a strong, auditable framework for early stage, cloud-native companies

Foster innovation

Align with existing enterprise standards

Supporting Companies

Digital Finance Infrastructure

Security Compliance


The financial services industry is undergoing a broad digital transformation, representing a significant change in how financial services are delivered, and the profile of companies that provide them. Existing data security standards were not designed specifically for modern, cloud-native delivery models or the resource constraints of early stage companies. 

OFDSS was created to help raise the bar for data security across the digital finance ecosystem while also continuing to foster innovation. It creates strong, auditable data security guidelines that maintain alignment with common and relevant criteria found in other security frameworks such as SSAE18 TSC for Security and NIST CSF, while providing clear requirements optimized for cloud-native, startups and growth-stage companies.

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What OFDSS Covers

OFDSS establishes 79 individual security requirements across 13 control domains that address common data security risks. These requirements are contextualized with implementation guides, along with audit steps for ensuring compliance. These requirements will address security risks that are commonly encountered by emerging financial technology companies when processing or storing end user information.

Resource Allocation

Asset Management

Access Controls

Change Controls



Data Minimization

Auditing and Alerting

Incident Management

Network Security

Awareness and Training

Vendor Management

Independent Testing

OFDSS is a major step forward for open finance in the US, establishing the framework for protecting data amongst an increasingly larger ecosystem. Rigorous and innovation-aware security requirements placed on all parties will ensure safe and responsible innovation, benefiting fintechs, banks, and the customers they serve.
Stephen Greer
Senior Analyst, Celent
OFDSS showcases our financial technology leaders' unwavering focus on consumers as the world of finance continues to evolve. We are proud to support this initiative, which will both modernize consumer data protection guidance and foster innovation among early- and growth-stage digital finance companies. This type of forward-thinking industry collaboration is essential to ensure we are positively shaping the future of finance.
Penny Lee
CEO, Financial Technology Association
FTA Financial Technology Association
The industry is rallying around OFDSS because it will help raise the bar for data security in the fintech ecosystem at a time when the pace of innovation is accelerating. It provides a strong framework that helps fintechs improve security while enabling innovation, gives banks reassurance about the companies connecting to their APIs, and, most importantly, helps protect consumers.
Shano Fonseka
Head of Risk, Plaid
Today, companies that store sensitive data must navigate a labyrinth of best practices, choose which ones to implement, and hope they are correct. OFDSS distills these confusing norms into clear guidelines that are easy to understand and simple to check. Vanta is excited to partner on this initiative because we believe that rules like these are the best way to improve and prove security – making everyone safer in the process.
Robbie Ostrow
Founding Engineer, Vanta
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Get Involved

The founding supporters of OFDSS welcome feedback and participation from the digital finance ecosystem. If you would like to learn more, contribute feedback to the standard, or apply to join the working committee, please contact us today.