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The Private Equity CTO: Business strategist, cyber czar

Thu, 17/08/2017 - 12:57

Technology innovation and evolution has had a profound effect on many jobs, perhaps most notably for a firm’s Chief Technology Officer. Once tasked with desktop support and server maintenance, these IT executives have seen their job descriptions change dramatically over the years. But that change doesn’t necessarily signal something negative. »

Dragos raises USD10m in Series A venture capital

Tue, 15/08/2017 - 10:53

Dragos Inc, an industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity company made up of industry experts with the vision of securing global industrial infrastructure, has secured USD10 million in Series A venture capital funding from co-lead investors Energy Impact Partners (EIP) and Allegis Capital, with additional support from DataTribe, a cybersecurity startup studio that initially funded Dragos. »

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Incident response: A step-by-step guide to dealing with a security breach

Fri, 11/08/2017 - 09:26

If your firm hasn’t fallen prey to a security breach, you’re probably one of the lucky ones. But you also probably won't be safe for long, as most firms, at some point in time, will encounter a cybersecurity incident. Cyber incidents today come in many forms, but whether a system compromise at the hands of an attacker or an access control breach resulting from a phishing scam, firms must have documented incident response policies in place to handle the aftermath. »

Kaleigh Alessandro, Eze Castle Integration

An achievable calendar for cyber security plan implementation

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 09:45

By Kaleigh Alessandro (pictured), Eze Castle Integration – Keeping up with the myriad of cyber security requirements expected of today’s financial firms is a daunting – and sometimes unachievable – task. This list continues to grow in size and scope, and remembering how often to perform tests or when to change passwords is a growing challenge for CTOs and business execs responsible for technology. »

Ransomeware

Five ransomware prevention tips to thwart future cyber attacks

Thu, 03/08/2017 - 09:38

Ransomware threats are on the rise – WannaCry and Petya are just the beginning. To prevent future cyber threats from causing harm, financial and investment firms should employ security practices that include deep layers of protection. Here are five suggestions to keep in mind:  »

Callsign raises USD35m Series A led by Accel and PTB Ventures

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 09:30

Callsign, an artificial intelligence-based authentication platform, has raised USD35 million in a Series A investment round led by global venture capital firm Accel and early-stage investor PTB Ventures. »

Seven steps to success

Seven steps to avoid a cyber-attack

Thu, 27/07/2017 - 11:00

By George Ralph, RFA – We all know that cyber-attacks are not only more prevalent but they are increasing in ferocity, becoming ever more ambitious and overt. The latest culprits, Petya and WannaCry both used phishing attacks to spread malware through networks, and Petya rendered the user’s computer inoperable and gave hackers full access to the usernames and passwords stolen from the computer. »

Dirty data

Is your data dirty? Data hygiene best practices for financial services

Fri, 21/07/2017 - 08:37

The most vital asset a business controls is its information. As the driver of many business processes, data is a powerful tool, and therefore has to be secure, accurate and accounted for. When this sensitive information gets into the wrong hands, it can cause serious damage to a firm’s business operations and reputation.  »

Jason Lawrence, Augentius

Waking up to cybercrime: The real risk to private equity

Fri, 21/07/2017 - 08:24

By Jason Lawrence (pictured), IT Director and Group Information Security Officer, Augentius – Cybercrime is one of the most serious threats currently facing financial services firms. Yet, while the risk is also present for private equity and real estate funds, the level of recognition towards the threat is notably absent in this sector.  »

George Ralph, RFA

Does cybersecurity utopia really exist?

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 13:04

By George Ralph, RFA – Imagine you’re the CTO of a successful hedge fund. You’re not big enough to have a dedicated CISO but you think you’re doing a pretty good job of securing your network. Your applications and databases are secure, you’ve just invested in a network intrusion detection system and some next generation firewalls. »

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