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The SEC issues fines for deficient cybersecurity programs!

Today the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sanctioned eight firms in three actions for failures in their cybersecurity policies and procedures that resulted in email account takeovers exposing the personal information of thousands of customers and clients at each firm. A total of $800,000 were levied against these firms. In summary, the firms named in

2021 SEC OCIE Cybersecurity Exam Priorities

Yesterday the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2021 exam priorities. In the letter the SEC highlighted that their focus remains the same from prior years with a slight shift in priorities and adjustment of focus. The SEC stated that they will review whether firms have

Solarwinds ORION delivers backdoor Trojan to worldwide networks

Fireye detected that Solarwinds Orion is being used by attackers to steal sensitive company data. Fireye’s threat research division found that a highly sophisticated and evasive attacker compromised the Solarwind’s Orion IT monitoring and management platform to deliver a backdoor trojan. It is suspected that the campaign has started as early as April 2020 and

Elteni is shortlisted for Best Cybersecurity Solution – 2021 Fund Intelligence Operations and Services Award

Cayman Islands Investment firm exposes sensitive client information!

A Cayman Islands investment firm's backups stored in a Microsoft Azure Blob Storage was not secured properly thus resulting in a potential leak of personal banking information, individual passport data, and other sensitive information. A researcher discovered the gaping hole left open by the firm’s Hong Kong based IT provider via a special search engine

Major service provider to the financial services industry was breached

A service provider of SEI Investments Co., affected by a ransomware attack. SEI Investments Co., a fund administrator for several high-profile asset management firms experienced a breach, exposing the personal information of investors for approximately 100 clients. SEI stated that the breach occurred through one of their service providers that faced a ransomware attack. M.J.

OCIE issues a new Cybersecurity: Ransomware Alert

Today the OCIE issued a Ransomware Alert, highlighting an uptick in sophisticated social engineering and other cyber campaigns, designed to infiltrate the networks of financial institutions to access sensitive information and/or to deploy ransomware. As a reminder, ransomware actors typically demand monetary payment for the return of data. We can spend time regurgitating what was

Technology, security, and privacy in a Work From Home (WFH) environment

Will Work From Home (WFH) be an Alternative Asset Management Firm’ new norm? Firstly, let me address the question that comes to mind after reading the title, this isn’t just another article about how COVID-19 has affected us………now keep reading. I’m not writing this article to express my opinion about whether WFH is good or

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