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Blog Entries from 11/2018

Planting Seeds: Cybersecurity Education

By Eze Castle Integration,
Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Despite the recent strides by the financial industry towards improving cybersecurity policies and safeguards, studies reveal that a less-heralded group is responsible for the majority of successful cyber-attacks. Flying under the radar and opening the malware floodgates with one click of a spoof email are employees ill-informed of cyber threats and potential risks.

Unbeknownst to the employee, upon release of their mouse they have guided hacktivists into his or her company’s network, exposing business critical information, financial records, and passwords. But that’s just the beginning. The quantity and severity of subsequent damages are limitless, but so are the opportunities for improvement in the firm’s case.

Categorized under: Security  Disaster Recovery  Communications  Trends We're Seeing 



Happy Thanksgivings from Eze Castle Integration

By Kulvinder Gill ,
Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

This holiday season, we’d like to wish all our clients, partners, friends and colleagues a healthy, happy & successful Thanksgiving!

Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing 



Black Friday + Cyber Monday IT Security Scams to Be Aware Of

By Amanda Daly,
Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

As many of us are preparing to feast this Thanksgiving and start preparing for the unofficial start to holiday shopping, retail stores are getting ready for their biggest days yet- Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  While many are searching the internet high and low for the best deals, cyber criminals and hackers are searching high and low for their next victims. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the perfect time for these cyber criminals to take advantage of those who aren't aware of the risks. 

Here are some additional quick tips for cyber safety during the holiday shopping season:

  • Do not click on a link unless it is from a trusted source

  • Make sure the destination URL is where you were intending to go

  • Make sure your phone and other devices are password protected

  • Use unique passwords for every online account

  • Do not enter personal information over public Wi-Fi networks

  • Use a credit card instead of a debit card when making purchases

  • Check the 'To', 'From' and 'CC' fields of an email

Categorized under: Security  Outsourcing  Trends We're Seeing 



5 Ways SharePoint and OneDrive Improve Collaboration at Investment Firms

By Olivia Munro,
Thursday, November 15th, 2018

When it comes to investment management firms, collaboration, efficiency, and cutting edge technology are all critical factors when it comes to growth. At Eze Castle Integration, we partner with Microsoft to offer our clients the option to utilize OneDrive and SharePoint, two tools that can dramatically improve collaboration and streamline processes for businesses, increasing efficiency for everyone. With more people working remotely and traveling for business than ever before, mobility, security and ease of use for applications is more relevant than ever.

Before we outline the five ways SharePoint and OneDrive can transform your business operations and enhance collaboration for investment firms, let's outline the functionality of these applications. It is also key to note that in this blog, we're referring to OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online, which are business tools and products of Office365 for Business. There are similar tools you can utilize on your personal accounts, however today we're talking about how they can specifically impact your investment firm and day-to-day business.

OneDrive: Our partners at Microsoft simply define OneDrive as "the Microsoft cloud service that connects you to all your files". Simply put, OneDrive for Business is a storage location or repository for files and documents. You are able to access this tool through Office365, anywhere at anytime, regardless of whether you're connected to your firm's VPN.

SharePoint: Like OneDrive, you're also able to access SharePoint through Office365 anywhere and anytime. It's a tool that helps firms share and collaborate on documents and files from anywhere in a secure manner.

Now, let's dive into the 5 ways OneDrive and SharePoint Improve Collaboration for Investment Firms:

1.) Mobility 

As previously mentioned, one of the best features of these tools is the ability to access your files anywhere. Today more than ever, due to technological advances like these, employees are are able to work remotely with little to no change in the processes. These tools allow you to securely store your files no matter where you are and whether you’re connected to your business’s VPN, share them with your team members or partners, and access them from any of your devices. If you aren’t connected to your firm’s network, you can access and work on documents in OneDrive, and when you return to the network, the files will automatically sync with your network, ensuring a seamless transition from working at home or from a plane to being back in the office. 

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Security  Hedge Fund Operations  Communications  Project Management  Trends We're Seeing 



5 Signs It's Time To Outsource Your Technology

By Amanda Daly,
Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Determining when the right time to move to the cloud is a challenge that many firms can face. The “real” answer is that it is never too early to outsource your IT. The future is cloudy, but that’s a good thing. Here are our 5 signs that it is time to outsource your IT.

Your Business Is in the Midst of Growth/Office Re-location

Moving to a new office securely, effectively and without complications takes a lot of planning and strategy. There are many technology areas that a firm should consider before, during, and or after a move. One of them includes outsourcing your IT. It is important that your firm takes the time to account for all the technology and data in its current office space and how much equipment you are bringing to the new Is the Clout right for your Firm?space, so you can have enough space and power. Some firms might realize that the space they are moving to won’t be big enough, or that it is not fiscally logical to move outdated technology.

An office move or relocation is an ideal time to switch to the cloud. Many firms are understandably reluctant to take on the expense of moving a massive, expensive, and often outdated infrastructure to a new location – particularly if the company expects to phase out certain portions or components in the following 24-36 months. In such cases, migrating to the cloud before relocating an office can be a smart move.


 

Categorized under: Outsourcing  Cloud Computing 



Preparing Your Tech Infrastructure for the Future

By Amisha Shah ,
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Having a strong technology infrastructure in place is the backbone to any successful business. It helps firms to ensure uptime, unlock maximum operating efficiency and be risk-averse. A ‘strong’ infrastructure model is futureproof. It’s capable of responding quickly and effectively to any new opportunities and threats in the ever-evolving landscape that businesses operate in. Firms today are encouraged to evaluate their existing IT, and to think about shifting from a traditional, sluggish and inflexible structure to a more fluid model.


Keep reading for three key considerations to help your business achieve a futureproof stance.

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Security  Disaster Recovery  Infrastructure 



4 Common IT Challenges for Alternative Investment Firms

By Olivia Munro,
Thursday, November 1st, 2018

For alternative investment firms, there a number of business and operational challenges to navigate on a daily basis. With the evolving IT landscape and new technologies and best practices emerging, it can be difficult to stay up to speed. Here, we’ll outline four common IT challenges for alternative investment firms.

1.) Cybersecurity

With the security landscape becoming more complicated, it can be a challenge for alternative investment firms to stay up to date with the latest and greatest trends and technologies in security. Hackers are becoming more sophisticated, and social engineering attacks are on the rise, so it is crucial to ensure that your firm has the right protections and level of security to keep your confidential information safe.

To decipher which means of security are right for your firm, you need to look at your company size and risk profile. Suffering a breach or acybersecurity incident can be harmful to your organization’s reputation, which in turn is harmful to your bottom line. You can use our Cybersecurity Checklist to see the technologies and safeguards Eze Castle offers based on which tier you choose, Standard or Advanced.

2.) Adopting New Technology

Technology adoption is a common challenge for firms of all sizes. Smaller firms may not have the budget or resources to dedicate to the adoption of new technology, while larger firms face their own set of challenges, with more end-users, and potentially bandwidth restrictions of their own.

Whether adopting new applications or migrating to the cloud, having a trusted third-party vendor to guide you through the selection and implementation process can be invaluable. Using these vendors as consultants can help your firm navigate IT and technology decisions and choosing the best fit for your firm. When choosing a vendor for your technology needs, be sure to choose a firm with industry leading, best-of-breed solutions and 24x7x365 support.

Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing  Cloud Computing  Security  Operational Due Diligence  Outsourcing  Hedge Fund Operations  Hedge Fund Regulation 



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