Implications of the SEC's Draft Strategic Plan
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently outlined their new three-part strategic plan for fiscal years 2022-26. The Strategic Plan is by nature very broad, covering the wide variety of elements that make up what the SEC does, from mutual funds to private funds, public and privately offered securities disclosures and from broker-dealers to registered investment advisers and enforcement of anti-fraud provisions.
The three goals the SEC will prioritize are:
- Protecting working families and investors in America’s markets
- Maintaining a robust and relevant regulatory framework
- Supporting a skilled and diverse workforce
Implications for cybersecurity professionals
Although the three goals do not solely focus on cybersecurity, the draft Fiscal Year 2022-26 Strategic Plan reinforces the SEC’s continued focus on cybersecurity risk and highlights key technological initiatives that the SEC will monitor for potential rulemaking in the future. The strategic plan has a few implications for cybersecurity and technology professionals to be aware of:
- The SEC continues to view cybersecurity as a key risk to mitigate
The increased use of and reliance on technology introduced new capital market risks for investors. Cybersecurity threats to the market are growing in scale and sophistication and SEC examinations will continue to focus on cybersecurity as a key risk to investors and markets as part of the SEC’s four-year strategy.
Additionally, in response to frequent investor requests for more information on cybersecurity policies, the SEC is working to modernize their disclosure systems to provide more relevant information to investors to allow for better informed investor decisions.
- The SEC will continue to update its regulatory framework to remain up to date with changes in technology
Building a robust regulatory and technological framework is paramount to the security of the market system. The SEC will consider updating existing rules and regulations to accommodate for shifts in the technological space as well as encourage businesses to optimize their resiliency frameworks to be proactive when potential future regulatory requirements go into effect.
Implications for Technology
The SEC recognizes that it needs to continually improve how it uses technology and data analytics “to surveil the markets, promote competition, and enforce the law.” One of the SEC’s goals in this plan is to better arm the Divisions of Enforcement and Examinations with data to determine which firms should be examined, what they should be examined for, and to determine if there are any issues in the examined firm.
Firms should look to incorporate technology into their processes to keep pace with the SEC, confirm they are in compliance with regulatory requirements, and provide the necessary information to the regulator to prove their compliance.
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