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A Look at OCIE's Cybersecurity Exam Sweep Findings: Hedge Funds Take Note

Posted by Mary Beth Hamilton on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

In its 2015 priorities, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) listed cybersecurity as a key focus area in its risk-based assessments. Then on February 3, 2015, OCIE released summary findings from its Cybersecurity Examination Sweep.
 
OCIE’s sweep focused on written documentation for their assessment and conducted "limited testing" of the accuracy of the responses. They did not review the technical sufficiency of the firms’ programs either. OCIE’s reliance on documentation highlights the importance of complete Written Information Security Policies.
 
Following are noteworthy items Eze Castle Integration observed in reviewing the findings.

  • Most firms adopted written information security policies, but 43% of advisers did not conduct periodic audits to determine compliance with these information security policies and procedures. 
     

  • 49% of advisers did not discuss mitigating the effects of a cybersecurity incident and/or outline the plan to recover from such an incident in their written business continuity plans.
     

  • The vast majority of examined firms conduct periodic risk assessments, on a firm-wide basis, to identify cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities, and potential business consequences. However, only 32% of advisers require cybersecurity risk assessments of vendors with access to their firms’ networks. 

In the Written Information Security Plans (WISP) Eze Castle Integration creates for clients, we include service provider risk assessments as a standard element.

Categorized under: Security  Launching A Hedge Fund  Hedge Fund Due Diligence  Infrastructure  Trends We're Seeing 



2015 Hedge Fund Trends & SEC Exam Priorities (Webinar Recap)

Posted by Anna Wendt on Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Ricardo Davidovich

With a new year comes new regulations for hedge funds and investment firms. Earlier this week, Eze Castle Integration hosted a webinar during which Ricardo Davidovich, partner at Haynes & Boone LLP shared his insight into the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) new examination priorities as well as reoccurring themes firms should expect to see play out through the year.

What’s New in 2015

Retail Investors

One priority for examinations this year is the focus on retail investors. Davidovich says that “hedge funds, which in [the SEC’s] mind have historically been an exclusive and private club, are being sold to the retail and consumer client base.” Meaning they will be taking a closer look at the types of fees being sold, the sales practices and the suitability analysis. Firms should focus on making sure no information released is misleading and that there are provisions against fraud. There should be a real emphasis on policies to create guidelines that can be shown and proven to the SEC.

Categorized under: Launching A Hedge Fund  Security  Hedge Fund Operations  Hedge Fund Regulation  Trends We're Seeing 



Back to Basics: 10 Cloud Technology Terms to Know

Posted by Charlene Haddad on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

As technology changes, it can become overwhelming to keep up with. That’s why we’ve decided to take a step back in today’s blog article to go over some of the basic vocabulary involved in cloud computing. Here are 10 terms to get you started:
 
Cloud Computing
Services or applications that are hosted in a web-based repository known as the “cloud”; the service is often hosted by a third-party provider who then provides access to that service to users on an on-demand basis via a network connection. This alleviates that firm from having to purchase and maintain costly infrastructure in-house.

Data Center
A facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems; typically includes redundant or backup power supplies, redundant communications connections, environmental controls and security features. The Update Institute classifies data centers into four tiers based on the percentage of availability and uptime.

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Three Reasons the Private Cloud is Just like Olympic Curling

Posted by Kaleigh Alessandro on Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Have you been enamored by the coverage of the Winter Olympics the last two weeks? We sure have. And watching all of these great sports we don’t normally get the chance to witness got us thinking – there are a lot of similarities between technology and Olympic sports. They’re both complex in many ways and require experts (engineers and athletes) who are the best of the best at what they do.Olympic Curling
 
One of our favorite sports to watch is curling. And we couldn’t help but notice that Olympic curling and the private cloud are a lot alike. Don’t believe us? Take a look.

Both are safe and secure.

Let’s be honest: curling clearly presents the least amount of danger and lowest risk for injury at the Winter Olympics. Skiing and snowboarding? We’ve seen our fair share of wipeouts this year. Bobsled, luge and skeleton? Those are terrifying enough just as a spectator. Even figure skating poses a risk when skaters are leaping and twizzling left and right.
 
But curling? Extremely safe. Athletes can be fairly certain – whether they are curling or sweeping – that they will come out of the event unscathed.

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Launching A Hedge Fund  Security  Outsourcing  Trends We're Seeing 



Painting a Picture of Hedge Fund Technology (Infographic)

Posted by Emma Howie on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so here is an infographic of our 2013 Global Hedge Fund Technology Benchmark Study that explores the most common front, middle and back office applications and technology used at today's hedge funds.

Hedge Fund Technology Study Infographic
 

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Opalesque Radio: Answering Fund Operational Challenges

Posted by Mary Beth Hamilton on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Eze Castle on the RadioThis week Opalesque Radio featured an interview with Bob Guilbert, managing director here at Eze Castle Integration, on addressing operational challenges facing hedge funds with cloud solutions.

The 9:30-minute podcast covers a range of topics. You can listen to the full podcast HERE, just jump to the sub-features that interest you most below.

Play Opalesque Interview with Bob Guilbert


 

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Launching A Hedge Fund  Disaster Recovery  Eze Castle Milestones  Hedge Fund Operations  Trends We're Seeing  Videos And Infographics 



Is Bigger Always Better? Advice for Hedge Funds Named David

Posted by Kaleigh Alessandro on Thursday, September 12th, 2013

David vs. GoliathLike David bravely dueling with the larger Goliath, small and mid-sized investment firms are often faced with insurmountable odds when competing against larger (and better endowed) funds. With more experience and more assets, larger firms have the advantage when it comes to soliciting investor allocations. But do these inherent shortcomings equal certain failure? If David can emerge victorious, can’t smaller hedge funds?
 
Earlier this week, we gathered a panel of experts in San Francisco to discuss this topic at length. Following is a brief synopsis of the topics they covered.

Categorized under: Hedge Fund Operations  Cloud Computing  Hedge Fund Due Diligence  Infrastructure  Launching A Hedge Fund  Outsourcing  Real Estate  Trends We're Seeing 



Our 60-Second Answer to Why Go Eze Private Cloud?

Posted by Mary Beth Hamilton on Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Why Go Eze Private Cloud VideoCloud computing is becoming a standard IT deployment method for the investment management industry. In fact, our 2012 survey found that 8 in 10 investment management firms are either currently or planning to use a cloud service. So once a hedge fund or alternative decides to go cloud the next question is "why go Eze Private Cloud?"

Well, we have the perfect answer to that, and you can have it in just 60-seconds. Watch our quick video and learn why Eze Private Cloud is the investment industry standard for cloud services. 


 

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Hedge Fund Infographic: You know you're a Private Cloud User if...

Posted by Jessica Sipprelle on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Today, we're excited be hosting the 2013 London Hedge Fund Cloud Summit at the Prince Philip House in London. The event features a variety of industry experts participating in thought-provoking panel disccussions focused on the cloud adoption trends shaping the investment industry. Conversations will touch on everything from the differences between public and private clouds to cloud security and application hosting.

In honor of this event and to provide a visual to help encapsulate the many benefits that come from leveraging a private cloud, we have published a new infographic entitled “You Might be a Private Cloud User If…” Check it out to see the top 10 signs that you are likely a private cloud user. For more information and details on the 2013 London Hedge Fund Cloud Summit please visit the event page. Also, be sure to look out for a recap of the event here on the Hedge IT blog next week!

you know you're a private cloud user if...infographic

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Eze Castle Milestones  Hedge Fund Due Diligence  Hedge Fund Operations  Hedge Fund Regulation  Launching A Hedge Fund  Trends We're Seeing  Videos And Infographics 



What are Investors Thinking...When it Comes to Hedge Fund IT?

Posted by Mary Beth Hamilton on Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Yesterday our VP of client technology, Steve Schoener, presented on a California Hedge Fund Association webinar about building an institutional infrastructure at today’s hedge funds. A lofty topic (so consider this a basic primer), Steve focused on four key discussion areas, which we’ll recap here. They were:

  • Investor Expectations of IT

  • On-premise & Cloud solutions: Which is right?

  • Security Risks & Best Practices

  • Disaster Recovery How-Tos

You can watch the 30-minute webinar now or keep reading below.

Categorized under: Infrastructure  Cloud Computing  Hedge Fund Due Diligence  Hedge Fund Operations  Launching A Hedge Fund  Outsourcing  Security  Trends We're Seeing 



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