The role of the Compliance Officer is a mandatory position in all firms in the Financial Services Industry. They play a major role in assisting Senior Management to ensure that appropriate and effective systems and controls are in place to achieve and maintain compliance with the applicable Rules. While the nature of the Compliance Function is likely to differ from one firm to another, this course provides an easy to follow breakdown of what the Regulator expects of a Compliance Officer and explains, in practical terms how the regulatory expectations and those of Senior Management can be achieved.
The rise in cyber-attacks has highlighted the importance of developing robust policies, plans, and procedures to better protect your company from data breaches and efficiently recover from a cyber incident or significant business disruption. We can help your company implement a comprehensive information security program that enables you to identify and manage risks, foster a culture of security, and prepare for the unforeseen, but inevitable, incident with business continuity and incident response planning.
In the event of a disaster such as a technological failure or cyber-attack, it’s critical to have a business continuity plan (BCP) that outlines the procedures your company must follow in order to continue operating and recover from the disruption. A business impact analysis (BIA) should also be part of your BCP, which evaluates the effects of a disruption on critical business functions.
How We Help
We provide business continuity planning development and implementation assistance which is designed to help your company address its operational and other risks in the event of a disruption, as well as meet upcoming regulatory obligations.
We can assist your company in developing its business continuity and transition plans. In addition, our advice and assistance can help you ensure that your company’s BCP meets the requirements of the SEC's proposed rule 206(4)-4, which proposes that SEC-registered investment advisers be required to adopt and implement written business continuity and transition plans.
Is your company prepared for a cyber event? Incident response proficiency has become a necessary component of information security programs due to constant and evolving threats. In order to build and implement an effective incident response plan (IRP), a company must assess its overall risk posture and develop written policies and procedures to help protect its information technology environment. A properly designed IRP also provides guidance to employees and helps them understand their roles and responsibilities.
How We Help
We can help your company develop an IRP that is designed to mitigate losses in the event of a cybersecurity event. We will also provide guidance for your employees and help them understand their roles and responsibilities. Once your company has developed an IRP, we recommend testing its effectiveness through tabletop exercises.
With data breaches on the rise and more privacy regulations going into effect, it’s more important than ever for companies to develop and test incident response plans in preparation for cyber events.
How We Help
Our tabletop incident response exercise is a discussion-based walkthrough of your company’s incident response plan. It allows you to test your plan with members of your team and assign roles for each scenario. The exercise is designed to uncover gaps and identify areas that your company can improve. The test can help you determine if your plan is reasonably developed and will be effective when faced with a real event.
A written information security program (WISP) documents the policies and controls that protect your sensitive data and critical systems, including the protection of personally identifiable information your company collects and stores.
How We Help
We can assist your company with developing a written information security program. Our service includes:
- Developing WISP in accordance with industry standards and the appropriate regulatory requirements
- Guidance on best practices
- Identification of potential deficiencies based on our review of your current information systems and security policies, manuals, and procedures
- Preparation of new documents or enhancing your existing documentation
Is your firm prepared to deal with the potential business disruptions caused by pandemics and other risks? Revisit your business continuity and disaster recovery planning with this checklist.
Aponix Protect™ comprehensive cybersecurity and technology risk solution
Aponix Protect helps firms address evolving cyber risks and threats to ensure that their cybersecurity needs are covered year-round. This solution is available in three tiers, each one designed to provide firms with a flexible, robust, responsive, and cost-effective cybersecurity program.
Regulatory change, COVID-19 fallout, and a rapidly mutating ecosystem of risks make this a challenging year for financial services firms. In our complimentary whitepaper, we examine the future of risk and compliance and how firms must respond to rapidly evolving circumstances.
- Trade & Transaction
- Managed Services
- Regulatory Deadlines
- Regulatory Technology
- GIPS Standards
A ransomware attack has led to the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline in the U.S. The Colonial Gas pipeline supplies gasoline, jet fuel, and other products to the eastern and southern U.S., providing 45% of the East Coast supply of fuel.
- Portfolio Company Risk Management
On May 4, researchers released details of a security flaw in Dell devices. The flaw affects hundreds of millions of desktops, laptops, notebooks, and tablets. Dell has released additional details of the vulnerability and a recommended fix.
ACA’s virtual spring conference is right around the corner. We encourage ACA Aponix clients to attend the sessions below or to invite other members of their teams to join in. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect and what you can expect to take away.
- Portfolio Company Risk Management
On April 14, the U.S.DOL issued a news release with guidance on cybersecurity for retirement plan administration aimed at plan sponsors, fiduciaries, record-keepers and participants of plans regulated by ERISA, the federal law that sets the minimum standards for retirement and health plans in private industry. Get the details on this guidance as well as our recommendations.
Learn about the new software patches Microsoft released on April 14, 2021 to address 19 critical vulnerabilities as well as a new Zoom vulnerability discovered at the Pwn2Own white hat hacker event.
ACA Group Announces ComplianceAlpha® 2021Q2 with New Features Designed to Help Financial Services Firms Meet Increasing Demands for Digitizing Compliance Programs
ComplianceAlpha 2021 Q2 introduces a suite of new features and sophisticated technology enhancements designed to help firms globally build more comprehensive and scalable GRC programs in line with the expectations of regulators, boards, management, clients, and investors.
Russell Investments Selects ACA Group’s ComplianceAlpha to Modernize Their Risk and Compliance Program from a Single Platform
Russell Invesments has selected ACA's ComplianceAlpha® to help modernize and streamline their compliance program.
The ever-increasing focus by the Regulators on the accountability of senior management, particularly when things go wrong, emphasises how important it is for individuals in senior positions to have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. This succinct course is designed to assist Senior Managers to have a full understanding of what they need to do to achieve compliance with the rules under the obligations created by the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR).
This course is specifically designed to assist Senior Management in meeting their statutory and regulatory obligations.