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Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled Here Are Investment Managers' Biggest Cyber Security Fears
There’s a lot to fear in the cyber world: rogue nation states, professional cyber criminals and would-be hacktivists, just to name a few. Their weapons of choice vary in scope and substance, but regardless of the threat actor, investment management firms must employ rigid and resilient protections to ward off the equally sophisticated cyber threats that continue to surface. During a webinar earlier this year in which we detailed various levels of cybersecurity firms should consider, we asked our attendees to identify what they determined to be the most concerning cyber threat to their...
770 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled Webinar Recap: Top 10 IT Security Audit Gaps – and How to Avoid Them
When it comes to cybersecurity there are many factors that you need to be conscious of. During a recent webinar, speakers from Eze Castle Integration and Wolf & Company shared 10 of the most common cybersecurity gaps identified during an IT audit/risk assessment. We’ve listed the top 10 below and shared some particulars on a few of the most critical (in our opinion). For more detail on how these gaps are presenting themselves – and also best practices for avoiding them – scroll down or click here to listen to the full webinar replay. Top 10 IT Security Gaps Risk...
771 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled Throwback Thursday: Will you trade in your iPhone for the Nokia 3310?
Do you remember the Nokia 3310? C’mon, you know which one I’m talking about. It was that indestructible T9 phone that was a must-have back in the 2000s. It was a huge seller primarily due to its long battery life and its durability (as a result of its unique casing). Now more than 17 years after its original debut, the Nokia 3310 is being relaunched. Set to release in Q2 of 2017 we’re curious to see the hype behind this new, but old phone. After scouring the Internet, here’s a list of why we think some people are getting excited for the return of this ‘old...
777 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled IRS Phishing and Malware Scams Abound, Here’s How to Avoid the Bait
As April 18th (US) and April 30th (Canada) near, cyber scammers are pulling out all their tax scams to trick consumers and capitalize on the flurry of activity. Our friends over at Proofpoint say that “this year, [they have] tracked malware distribution in addition to the customary phishing schemes among the email threats related to federal taxes.” The IRS is also urging people to remember that “the IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. In addition, IRS does not threaten...
779 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled Cost, complexity & security drive hedge fund outsourcing
This article first appeared on Hedgeweek and Private Equity Wire as part of Eze Castle Integration's Technology Resource Center. Outsourcing has not only become an accepted practice among hedge fund managers, it has become a necessity as funds large and small seek out ways to control their costs, manage their internal resources more effectively, and overcome the ever growing challenge of regulatory compliance. Perhaps more than ever before, hedge fund managers recognise that as cloud technology makes huge strides forward it makes more sense to focus on their core activities of...
784 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled Stuck on the Technology Treadmill? A Case for Hedge Fund Managed Services
The technology treadmill is a tough place to be these days. Technology refresh cycles last only a mere three years, forcing firms to replace their infrastructures and make costly software and hardware upgrades on a too-frequent basis. And with hedge fund budgets tighter than ever, many firms cannot afford to stay on this path. But the hedge fund technology treadmill is not a firm’s only option. Costly in-house, 'traditional' IT services have given way to more cost-effective outsourced IT and managed services that get firms off the treadmill and on a path to success. Let’s...
786 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled Essential Building Blocks to Hedge Fund Cyber Risk Management
The following article originally appeared in HFMWeek's Cyber Compliance Focus. It’s not enough to have strong security policies. And it’s not enough to have robust technologies in place to ward off cyber threats. In truth, it’s not even enough to have both of these. An effective cybersecurity program, rather, can only be achieved through a consistent and comprehensive strategy that touches layers across the entirety of the organization – from perimeter security and access control to policy enforcement and employee training. Without each of these building blocks,...
791 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled Five Reasons Why It’s Time to Consider the Cloud
Traditionally, hedge funds and private equity firms have allocated significant capital budgets to build out their own sophisticated Communication (Comm.) Rooms, which can take months to provision and bring online. With servers to buy and install, software to license and configure, and voice/networks to deploy – not to mention recruiting, hiring, and managing expensive and hard-to-find IT talent – it’s no wonder cloud solutions have emerged as the dominant choice for computing infrastructures at investment firms large and small. Not surprisingly, many investment management...
793 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled ODD & Technology Advice for Achieving Institutional Operations (Video)
Post-launch, many hedge funds and investment firms struggle to gain ground and attract the institutional capital needed to succeed in today’s competitive market. As firms grow – and bandwidth and budget are less likely to be roadblocks – it can be a challenge to reinvent the wheel and position your firm to capture institutional dollars. During a recent webinar, speakers from EisnerAmper and Eze Castle Integration explored trends in hedge fund operational due diligence and technology operations and offered advice for asset managers looking to grow out of their startup boots...
798 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled Data Snapshot: Private Equity CTOs Add Outsourcing, Increased Security To Priority Lists
The following article originally appeared in Opalesque's Private Equity Strategies. The role of the private equity CTO has changed significantly. New technology along with a growing list of cybersecurity threats have placed more demands on the IT department than ever before. According to a new survey of private equity CTOs from Eze Castle Integration, these demands have led to an evolution in the role of the CTO away from simply maintaining hardware and workflows and into making the CTO an integral part of information security and compliance support. For 2017, respondents to the survey...
800 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled More RFP Questions: Data Protection, Business Continuity & Incident Response
Last week, we shared some important questions to include in hedge fund technology RFPs, focusing on Staffing, Client Service Model and User Support. In today’s article, let’s dive back into the RFP process, and look at some hedge fund RFP questions on Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans, Backup and Retention of Information, Data Security, and Intrusion Detection and Incident Response. Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Plans Does your company have a written policy and program in place for business continuity and disaster recovery? Have your...
807 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled We’ve Got The Questions: Hedge fund tech RFP questions that is
We’ve all heard the saying, “there are no stupid questions,” but when it comes to technology it is easy to feel undereducated. Knowing what to ask a hedge fund technology provider not only makes you look smart (or smarter!) but also ensures you get the right solution. In this article we’ll look at questions around Staffing, Client Service Model and User Support for your hedge fund technology Request for Proposal. Next week we’ll give questions for DR Plans, Information Backup & Retention and Data Security. Staffing and Skills Provide the total number of...
811 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled Cybersecurity Basics for Asset Managers (Webinar Replay)
When it comes to cybersecurity, the list of haves and have nots is constantly evolving due to the changing regulatory and threat landscape. In case you missed it, we hosted a webinar this week on Cybersecurity Basics for Asset Managers, during which we uncovered various elements within three primary cybersecurity layers: from Tier 0 (Basic Protection) to Tier 1 (Industry Standard) to Tier 2 (Advanced Protection). How does your firm stack up when it comes to your cybersecurity practices? Watch the replay below and find out where you fit in. Tier 0: We call this level Tier 0 in part...
813 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled Showtime’s ‘Billions’ Airs a Lesson in Laptop Security
I just finished Season 1 of Showtime’s ‘Billions’ and can’t resist calling out the horrible IT security on a key character’s laptop. ‘Billions’ centers on a multi-billion dollar CT hedge fund and federal prosecutors looking to take them down for financial crimes. [Spoiler Alert] As season 1 nears an end, US Attorney Chuck Rhoades easily logs into the laptop of his wife, who is also the hedge fund’s in-house psychiatrist. On the laptop he finds the incriminating evidence necessary to potentially take down Mr. Billions (aka Bobby "Axe"...
819 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled Then and Now: State of the Hedge Fund Industry
They say the more things change, the more they stay the same. Turns out it’s a pretty accurate assessment of the hedge fund industry then and now. You see, back in 2011 we hosted a “State of the Hedge Fund Industry” event that yielded some interesting trends and perspectives, and we thought it might be fun to not only look back at those trends, but compare them to what we’re seeing in today’s industry – more than five years later. Like I said: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Hedge Fund Market Trends & Challenges THEN (2011):...
826 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled A Portfolio and Research Management System Worthy of Cupid's Arrow
Our friends at Ledgex Systems are doing some sweet things (obligatory Valentine’s Day reference!) with their portfolio and research management system that warrant a mention. As a lookback, in 2016 Ledgex introduced new features and enhancements aligned to the needs of family offices, endowments and foundations, wealth advisors, consultants and other alternative asset allocators. These noteworthy features include: Comprehensive Portfolio Visualization Tools Ledgex’s visualization tools optimize the presentation of data and notification/alert capabilities, and innovative dashboards...
826 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled 10 Questions to Ask Your Cloud Services Provider
When evaluating a cloud services provider there are a lot of factors to take into consideration: features & functionalities, security protections, provider experience, and industry certifications just to name a few. We've identified some of the most important questions today's investment management firms should be asking cloud services providers during the selection process. Five or seven years ago, these questions would probably be fairly basic in nature. Does the infrastructure isolate individual client environments? (Yes). Can the cloud environment scale to meet a firm's...
826 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled Is “Smart” Technology Invading Your Privacy?
We educate our clients all the time about how to keep their organizations secure and mitigate against insider and outsider threats. But one area of security often overlooked is that of the home office – and the home itself on a larger scale. With new technologies constantly being released – and many of today’s devices linked via the Internet of Things (IoT) – the likelihood of being hacked or having private information stolen also increases. Emerging ‘smart’ technologies such as Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are making their way into many homes,...
826 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled How to Create a Human Firewall: Proactive Cyber Advice
How much security protection is enough? That’s a tough question to answer and the catalyst behind our recently published whitepaper on selecting the right cybersecurity tier based on individual risk profiles (download it HERE). The paper outlines three common tiers including Tier 0 (the ‘must-have’ list) to Tier 2 (the ‘advanced’ list), however it only touches briefly on the human element of security. The reality is that in today’s sophisticated cyber environment firms must go beyond physical or virtual firewalls firms and establish a ‘Human...
826 days ago
Eze Castle Integration wrote a new blog post titled Beware of Security Risks Lurking Behind Public Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi networks are incredibly convenient and can be a great resource for airport layovers, coffee shop meetings or lengthy train commutes, but alongside convenience are a host of unnecessary risks. On open, unsecure networks, information is generally unencrypted, meaning with the use of a wireless network analyzer, it’s fairly easy to see what others are up to. What attackers try to do is intercept the communication between your computer and the computer you are sending information to so that they can gather useful information. A hacker, for instance, can see what webpages...
826 days ago