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SEC Moves to Update Transfer Agent Rules; New Rules Likely to Impact Unclaimed Property and Cybersecurity

On December 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission took the first step in overhauling SEC regulation of transfer agents, the little-discussed but critical intermediaries involved in the prompt clearance and settlement of almost all U.S. securities. After many years in which other types of financial market intermediaries took center stage on the SEC’s rulemaking agenda, the...

Don’t be a Turkey: Recipes for a Successful and (Hopefully) Cyberattack-Free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the important things in life: family, friends, health and (hopefully) not being hacked in the past year.  Those firms and compliance officers who followed our Top 10 Cybersecurity Resolutions for 2015 are hopefully in good shape to continue warding off cyberattacks in the coming year. But for those who haven’t taken to heart our suggested...

The SEC’s Cybersecurity Enforcement Action: Rulemaking by Enforcement

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently brought an enforcement action against an investment adviser that, like a large number of companies, was the victim of a cyberattack. Although the SEC did not allege that any of the firm’s clients suffered harm, the Commission nonetheless sanctioned the firm for its allegedly unreasonable policies and procedures. In their article for...

SEC Charges Investment Adviser with Failure to Adopt Required Cybersecurity Policies Prior to Breach

On September 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had entered into a settlement order with R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, Inc., a St. Louis-based SEC registered investment adviser, for failure to establish required cybersecurity policies and procedures in advance of a breach. As a result of the firm’s failure to adopt reasonable cybersecurity...

They’re Baaaack . . . SECs Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Releases New Cybersecurity Risk Alert

Yesterday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a Risk Alert describing OCIE’s 2015 cybersecurity exam initiative.  [link to www.sec.gov/ocie/announcement/ocie-2015-cybersecurity-examination-initiative.pdf].  As the Risk Alert notes, OCIE’s new cybersecurity initiative builds on information OCIE learned from...

Cybersecurity for Securities Firms: Batten Down the Hatches and Get Your Shark Cage Ready Because “Only the Paranoid Survive.”

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water and have a quiet summer, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Commissioner Luis Aguilar hoisted the warning flags. At the end of June, he gave a wide-ranging speech addressing a number of cyber-related problems facing the securities industry. In their article for Law360, “Cybersecurity for Brokers: ‘Only the...

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