On Tuesday, we began our webinar recap by looking at Form PF requirements and recommendations and other essentials for maintaining an effective compliance program. The second half of our webinar focused on technology compliance, specifically around message archiving, email security and mobile device management. Let’s take a closer look at some of the content that was covered. If video is more your style, you can watch a replay of the webinar here.
Record Retention & Message Archiving
The SEC currently requires investment advisers to retain all internal and external electronic business communications. Rule 204-2 mentions the following specific measures:
In order to meet the requirements of the SEC, firms must retain and archive more than just email. Instant messages, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters messages and other electronic communications are also considered required archival material.
Is your firm registered with the SEC? Do you manage one or more private funds with assets of at least $150 million? If you said yes to these questions, then you have some homework to do. Under SEC regulations, your firm is required to file Form PF.
During a recent webinar, we asked ACA Compliance Group to talk us through the requirements and recommendations for filing Form PF as well as some additional compliance program recommendations. Below is a short recap of ACA’s presentation. To listen to the full replay of our event, click here.
Form PF: Requirements & Recommendations
Depending on your firm’s fund type and assets under management (AUM), the deadline for your Form PF filing may be sooner rather than later. Larger funds - including hedge fund managers, liquidity managers and private equity managers - will need to file sooner, while the majority of registered investment advisers won’t need to file until early next year.
Anytime I write a self-promotional (i.e. Eze Castle Integration-focused) article on Hedge IT I feel the need to add the caveat that we try really hard to make all our articles educational. However, sometimes pride gets in the way and we have to share with you our proudest accomplishments.
To that end, today’s post is going to be focused on blowing our own horn about the award-winning streak the company has been on. These awards are a direct reflection of our amazing employees.
Proud moment #1: Winning the Help Desk Institute Team Excellence Award for External Support. This award recognized our world-class help desk organization for their outstanding client support. In winning this award, we joined a very elite group that includes Dell Perot Systems, EDS and Novell as previous winners. Anyone who has dialed into our help desk knows our team is truly deserving of this award.
Categorized under: Eze Castle Milestones
Happy 5th of July!
We interrupt this holiday week to talk about how cloud services are expanding disaster recovery options for users of Storage Area Networks (SAN that is).
A traditional SAN-to-SAN disaster recovery scenario may rely on host-based replication technology transmitting data and applications between two mirror SAN environments. While this works for some firms, cloud technology presents a viable, cost-effective alternative where data and applications from a firm’s production SAN are replicated to a cloud environment for disaster recovery.
On behalf of the entire team here at Eze Castle Integration, we would like to wish all of our readers, clients, partners and friends a very happy and safe Independence Day holiday. Enjoy!
Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing
What is an MPLS Network?
MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) is a mechanism in high-performance telcom networks that directs data from one place on the network to another based on short path labels rather than long network addresses. MPLS is highly scalable and protocol agnostic.
In an MPLS network, packets of data are assigned labels, and all packet-forwarding decisions are made solely on the contents of these labels, eliminating the need to examine the packets themselves. As a result, end-to-end circuits can be created across any type of transport medium, using any protocol.
At Eze Castle, we like to boast that our private cloud services are delivered via an MPLS network which connects our data centers. That sounds good, but what are the real benefits of this type of network infrastructure? We asked our vice president of networking services, Mike Abbey, for some insights. Here’s what we learned.
Categorized under: Business Continuity Planning
Cloud computing has gained popularity over the years and is now fast approaching a global scale as hedge funds around the world leverage this innovative technology to help improve efficiency and cut costs. However, cloud computing raises unique data regulation and jurisdiction considerations as cloud environments span multiple geographic locations and data is not tied to one physical location. In today’s article we will look at data regulation and jurisdiction considerations for UK companies utilising US headquartered cloud providers.
Many cloud service providers are increasingly serving customers outside their home markets and using service delivery models that require the transmission of data across borders, which has led to a great deal of fear about the rights of access under the USA PATRIOT Act and the geographical extension of those.
Beyond the US, in December 2011 the European Commission published results of its cloud computing consultation, which showed a lack of understanding about the EU legal framework that cloud computing should be implemented within. It also signaled that there is still a widespread need for clarification on rights, responsibilities, data protection and liability in the cloud, especially in cross-border situations.
Last week, we revealed Part 1 of our cloud adoption trends survey results and detailed how hedge funds and investment firms are currently leveraging the cloud, as well as what kinds of cloud deployment models they are using (private clouds take the cake).
Some additional data points we learned as a result of this survey include the driving factors influencing firms’ decisions to use the cloud, potential barriers to cloud adoption and the key evaluation criteria for cloud services providers. Let’s take a closer look at what survey respondents had to say relative to these categories.
Factors Influencing the Decision to Use the Cloud
There are a multitude of factors that alternative investment firms need to take into consideration as they evaluate cloud offerings. Survey respondents were asked to rank the importance of several factors related to their cloud decision-making, including cost, flexibility, functionality and speed.
Survey Says: Cloud computing is no passing trend!
If you missed it yesterday, we officially announced the results of our “Cloud Adoption Trends within the Investment Management Industry” survey during a live webinar. You can listen to the webinar recording here.
Our cloud survey set out to investigate how hedge funds and investment management firms are using cloud services today, as well as to provide insight into the factors influencing this trend and also the barriers to adoption. Here’s a look at some of the findings:
Our online survey, which was conducted between March and May of 2012, surveyed 125 financial services firms in the United States. Of those 125 firms, 65 percent identified as investment management firms. Additional firm types represented included hedge funds (16%), private equity firms (16%) and fund-of-funds (4%).
It’s alive! It’s alive!
Well actually tomorrow, June 6 2012, it (aka IPv6) will officially be alive, but that doesn’t work with our Hedge IT blog calendar so today we look at IPv6.
As a refresher, since the inception of the Internet, we have been using IPv4, which totals about 4.3 billion Internet addresses. But with the increasing number of wireless technologies that support the Internet (smart phones, tablet, etc.), these addresses are depleting.
Enter IPv6. The new IPv6 protocol uses 128-bit addresses and allows for substantially more IP addresses – trillions upon trillions of new addresses. The World IPv6 Launch Day marks a key milestone as companies shift their infrastructures to the new protocol, which will eventually completely replace IPv4.