In the wake of recent cybersecurity breaches, the SEC and FINRA simultaneously issued reports this week to the securities industry summarizing cybersecurity examination findings and to investors recommending certain precautions to safeguard online investment information.
In its Risk Alert – Cybersecurity Examination Sweep Summary, the SEC describes the results from examinations of more than 100 broker-dealers and investment advisors, the relative split between the two being unspecified. Nevertheless, the findings reveal that the vast majority of broker-dealers and investment advisors have made cybersecurity a priority and implemented appropriate cybersecurity policies and programs. The findings also suggest that broker-dealers have more thorough cybersecurity policies and programs in place than investment advisors.
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