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Cybersecurity: SEC Is Starting to Scrutinize Registrants’ Practices

Posted in Broker-Dealer Regulation, Cybersecurity/Privacy, Enforcement, FINRA Enforcement, Investment Adviser Regulation, SEC Enforcement

The SEC plans to examine the cybersecurity practices of over 50 registered broker-dealers and investment advisers. The SEC announced its plan in an April 15, 2014 Risk Alert, which closely follows the March 26 Cybersecurity Roundtable at which Chair Mary Jo White underscored the importance of cybersecurity to market security and customer data protection. At… Read More

FINRA Announces a Sweep to Assess BDs’ Cybersecurity

Posted in Broker-Dealer Regulation, Cybersecurity/Privacy, Enforcement, FINRA Enforcement

After announcing that cybersecurity will be one of its 2014 examination priorities, FINRA wasted no time before commencing a sweep.  FINRA announced a Targeted Examination Letter to conduct an assessment of firms’ approaches to managing cybersecurity threats. FINRA bases its concern on “the critical role information technology (IT) plays in the securities industry, the increasing… Read More

Broker-Dealer Cybersecurity: Protect Yourself or Pay the Price

Posted in Broker-Dealer Regulation, Cybersecurity/Privacy, Enforcement, FINRA Enforcement

In its recently issued 2014 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter, FINRA stated that cybersecurity remains a priority given the ongoing cybersecurity issues reported across the financial services industry, including the increasing frequency and sophistication of attacks targeting the nation’s largest financial institutions. The securities industry watchdog continues to be concerned with the integrity of firms’… Read More