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Hedge IT Blog Awards: Cheers to 500 Posts!

By Katie Sloane,
Thursday, March 5th, 2015

We recently hit our 500th post here on Hedge IT! To commemorate, we are hosting our annual blog awards! We've gathered the most thought-provoking, popular articles according to our readers and included a few of our personal favorites, as well. 

We hope you enjoy!

Categorized under: Eze Castle Milestones  Cloud Computing  Disaster Recovery  Security  Communications  Videos And Infographics 



Opalesque TV Exclusive: Cybersecurity Threats Facing Hedge Funds in 2015

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

In this Opalesque.TV video interview, Bob Guilbert and Vinod Paul from Eze Castle Integration discuss the cybersecurity landscape of the investment community, specifically the risks facing hedge funds and alternative investment managers in 2015. Both spend the majority of their time educating their client base on internal and external risks, protecting them against the “Activist Hacktivists” looking for any means of entry into funds.

These hackers will spend weeks, months, and sometimes even years trying to get access, most often with the goal of triggering illicit wire transfers out of the fund.

Today, the usual efforts of employees to avoid clicking links or opening files and password protocoling aren't enough. Everyone should be aware of new techniques employed by hackers like “spearfishing” and “whaterhole” attacks which, with more institutional dollars flowing into hedge funds, will become more frequent. Unless funds have the right Written Information Security Policy (WISP) and processes in place, together with true intrusion detection that monitors what is coming into the firm and what data and information is going out of the firm, they can be at risk of a cybersecurity attack.

Categorized under: Security  Cloud Computing  Disaster Recovery  Hedge Fund Operations  Hedge Fund Regulation  Communications  Outsourcing  Trends We're Seeing  Videos And Infographics 



Like for Life Campaign: Empower Children Through Education

By Katie Sloane,
Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and Eze Castle is taking heed of this opportunity to spread the love.

For the fifth consecutive year, we are hosting a "Like for Life" Campaign with the intent to spread awareness and raise donations for a charitable cause.  This year, we will be supporting School on Wheels, an organization that strives to educate and empower underprivileged children impacted by homelessness. The group’s mission is to augment the educational opportunities available to more than the 1.6 million homeless children in the United States. 

 

Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing  Videos And Infographics 



Tips for Healthy Flu Season Operations

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), "All national key flu indicators are elevated and about half of the country is experiencing high flu activity." So here are some tips to keep your firm operating smartly during flu season. Watch, read and learn.

  1. Monitor the flu situation.

  2. Get a flu shot.

  3. Limit exposure to others if you have flu symptoms.

  4. Limit onsite meetings.

  5. Keep contact information current.

  6. Review BCP and DR activation procedures.

  7. Update employee DR materials.

  8. Communicate flu policy.

  9. Supply disinfecting wipes for all offices.

  10. Stay home if you have the flu.


Contact us to discuss in more detail the role flu preparedness should play in your BCP.

Categorized under: Hedge Fund Operations  Business Continuity Planning  Trends We're Seeing  Videos And Infographics 



IT Security Etiquette: A Best Practice Guide (Video)

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Thursday, December 11th, 2014

If you’re a loyal Hedge IT reader, you may remember we highlighted a few simple dos and don’ts a few months ago that, when utilized, can go a long way in shoring up your firm’s security. To make it easy, we’ve put these tips together into a video. Take a look below and discover a vast range of security tips and tricks from email encryption to proper security measures for protecting computers and mobile devices. 

 

Categorized under: Videos And Infographics  Cloud Computing  Disaster Recovery  Security  Hedge Fund Operations  Infrastructure  Communications  Business Continuity Planning  Trends We're Seeing 



Common Information Security Mistakes (Video)

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Thursday, November 20th, 2014

As hedge funds and investment management firms shore up security practices in an effort to comply with the SEC cybersecurity expectations and other industry and investor standards, it can become overwhelming to sort out what's required and how firms should go about achieving compliance. It can also be easy to make mistakes. We asked Eze Castle's Business Continuity and Data Privacy Manager, Lisa Smith, to tell us about some of the common information security mistakes she witnesses firms make and how to avoid them in the future. Here are some of the key questions Lisa answers:

  • Where are you seeing the most deficiencies in cybersecurity preparedness?

  • What goes into an effective Written Information Security Plan?

  • What common mistakes do you find firms are making when it comes to information security safeguards?

Take a look at Lisa's answers!

Categorized under: Security  Disaster Recovery  Hedge Fund Operations  Hedge Fund Regulation  Infrastructure  Outsourcing  Business Continuity Planning  Trends We're Seeing  Videos And Infographics 



Sneak Peek: 2014 Hedge Fund Benchmark Study Results

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

In it's fourth year running, our Global Hedge Fund Technology Benchmark Study reveals the top technology systems and applications used by investment management firms around the world. And while we aren't due to officially release the results until tomorrow - register for our webinar to hear them live - we thought we'd share a little sneak peek in the form of an infographic.

Take a look below and discover how your hedge fund and investment management firm peers are using technology to power their firm operations.

Categorized under: Hedge Fund Due Diligence  Launching A Hedge Fund  Cloud Computing  Security  Hedge Fund Operations  Hedge Fund Regulation  Infrastructure  Communications  Outsourcing  Software  Trends We're Seeing  Videos And Infographics 



Video Premiere: Life at Eze Castle Integration

By Katie Sloane,
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

At Eze Castle Integration, we invest in our employees and are committed to expressing how much we value them. 

Recruiting and retaining the technology industry’s top talent is what makes Eze Castle Integration a great place to work. We provide our employees with the tools to succeed, including trainings on the latest technologies and the opportunity to showcase their newly acquired skills on a daily basis. To help our employees build lifelong careers, we offer global opportunities for professional growth and career enhancement.  

We're excited to premiere our latest video below, featuring some of our very own employees. Check it out and see why our team thinks Eze Castle Integration is a great place to work.

Categorized under: Videos And Infographics  Eze Castle Milestones 



NASAA Cybersecurity Report Recap: Our Favorite Graphics and Findings

By Katie Sloane,
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) recently released survey results of cybersecurity practices of 440 registered investment adviser firms across nine states. The purpose of NASAA’s pilot project was to better understand cybersecurity practices of state-registered investment advisers, how they communicate with clients and what types of policies and procedures they currently maintain. Of those surveyed, 47% have assets under management of less than $25 million, 37% manage more than $25 million and 16% do not manage assets. In today’s post, we will share our favorite graphics and findings from the organization’s survey.   

Client Contact via E-mail and Use of Secure E-mail

NASAA's survey reported 92% of investment firms contact clients through e-mail and/or other electronic messaging and only 54% of that group utilizes secure email. While 14% were unsure, a staggering 30% responded that they did not utilize secure messaging whatsoever.

Hedge fund secure e-mail














 

Categorized under: Security  Business Continuity Planning  Software  Trends We're Seeing  Videos And Infographics 



Video: How Did Technology Make Your Summer Better?

By Katie Sloane,
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Here at Eze Castle Integration, we’re not ready for summer to end!  This year, we decided to ask our employees how technology enhanced their sun-soaked season. 

‚ÄčCheck out the slideshow below to read their responses!

How did technology enhance your summer?























 

Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing  Videos And Infographics 



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