SEC and OCIE Reach Out to B-Ds; Regulators Warn Firms to Use Enhanced Security on Cloud Storage; More on Protecting Seniors, and Oklahoma Gets Schooled on Cybersecurity Risks: Regulatory Update for June 2019

SEC Tackles Cloud Service Providers

For Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers: SEC Actions

SEC announces 2019 CCO Outreach program details:

  • The 2019 National Compliance Outreach Program for Broker-Dealers, co-sponsored by the SEC and FINRA, will be held in Chicago on June 27, 2019. Registration opened on April 16, 2019, and is limited to 250 in-person attendees. See here for details, including a link to a live webcast for those unable to attend.
  • The 2019 Investment Adviser and Investment Company CCO National Outreach Program is underway through a series of regional meetings. Sessions are filling quickly as attendance is limited, but the Chicago meeting will also be available via live webcast. See here for details. Contributed by Cari A. Hopfensperger, Senior Compliance Consultant.

SEC Warns Advisers and B-D’s to Use the Bells and Whistles provided by Cloud-Based Storage Solutions; Follows up with Sweep: The SEC continues to scrutinize how investment advisers and broker-dealers protect client information and recently turned its focus to cloud-based storage solutions in its most recent risk alert. Interestingly, OCIE highlights the fact that many of these storage solutions have features to enhance security that firms have failed to set up appropriately. OCIE also included samples of effective practices, such as policies and procedures designed to support the initial installation, on-going maintenance, and regular review of the storage systems. OCIE also recommended that firms set basic standards for security configuration and schedule periodical maintenance of the systems. The SEC is following up this risk alert by conducting a sweep, asking firms about their use of cloud storage providers. Contributed by Jaqueline M. Hummel, Partner and Managing Director.

Protecting Our Senior and Vulnerable Investors: This initiative is spreading like wildfire throughout the regulatory agencies and state jurisdictions. States are adopting new legislation every month, and firms are working hard to improve their processes for protecting clients. One of my favorite, go-to resources is a web-page dedicated to senior issues from the law firm of Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. The firm has created an interactive 50 State Statute Survey map that should be referenced in every firm’s procedures manual. Given the rapidly changing regulatory landscape for protecting senior and vulnerable investors, firms must review the applicable state legislation with each instance of potential exploitation. The following are additional resources for your consideration:

Contributed by Rochelle A. Truzzi and Cari A. Hopfensperger, Senior Compliance Consultants.

For Broker-Dealers: FINRA Actions

Don’t Forget to Register: Firms that handle orders in NMS Stocks, OTC Equity Securities, or Listed Options will be subject to the CAT NMS Plan (Consolidated Audit Trail) reporting requirements, no exceptions. FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 19-19 to remind firms that registration with FINRA CAT LLC is due by June 27, 2019. Under the CAT NMS Plan, firms may self-report data to the Consolidated Audit Trail, use a 3rd party vendor to report on their behalf, or use a combination of the two reporting methods. All subject firms must register, regardless of their reporting method(s). Registration is easy and must be completed on-line through the CAT NMS Plan website. FINRA hosted an industry webinar on March 19th and established a web page regarding the consolidated audit trail. Bookmark the Consolidated Audit Trail website for information on future developments and the Plan timeline. Contributed by Rochelle A. Truzzi, Senior Compliance Consultant.

Your Firm’s AML Program May Require Your Attention: FINRA reminded firms of their existing obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act to develop surveillance procedures reasonably designed to detect and trigger reporting of suspicious activities to FinCEN. FINRA Notice 19-18 outlined the reporting requirements found under the Treasury’s SAR rule and provided an updated, non-exhaustive list of potential money laundering red flags that may apply to your firm’s business. The original list issued by FINRA in NTM 02-21 simply enumerated 25 potential red flags. The update list is divided into six categories and consolidates 97 examples of red flags previously issued by FINRA, the Financial Action Task Force, FinCEN, the U.S. Department of State, and the SEC. FINRA urged firms to consider incorporating the additional red flags, as they may apply, into their AML policies and procedures that address the monitoring, investigation, and reporting of suspicious activities. Finally, FINRA advised firms to consider emerging areas of risk, such as money laundering risks that may be associated with activity in digital assets. Contributed by Rochelle A. Truzzi, Senior Compliance Consultant.

Classic Role Reversal involving the Oklahoma Department of Securities: During the month of May, the Oklahoma Department of Securities (“Department”) began notifying affected individuals, including certain registered securities representatives, of a data breach incident that occurred back in December of 2018 (see below). According to a report published by The UpGuard Data Breach Research Team on January 19, 2019, the breach involved three terabytes of data and millions of files dating from 1986 to 2016 (UpGuard provides cybersecurity services and regularly monitors the web for public data exposures).

 

An unsecured server was discovered on December 7, 2018, by UpGuard researcher, Greg Pollock, during a routine search of the web for exposed data, and was reported to the Department on December 8. The Department secured the exposed server the same day. UpGuard reported “(t)he exposure was identified only one week after it showed up in Shodan’s catalog of global IP addresses[1]” explaining that, “[s]hortening the window of exposure reduces the likelihood of other parties accessing the data and enables its owners to take responsive measures before the data is used maliciously.” However, the Department failed to notify affected individuals for more than five months, delaying the implementation of responsive measures and exposing the affected individuals to additional risk.

Also noteworthy, UpGuard gave the Department’s website a Cyber Risk Score of 171 out of a possible 950, indicating “severe risk of breach.” The low score was, in part, the result of the Department’s continued use of servers well beyond their “end-of-life,” when updates to patch vulnerabilities were no longer available. As reported by Thomas Brewster of Forbes, UpGuard identified the Department’s use of simple passwords and practice of saving encrypted documents in the same folder as decrypted versions as additional signs of weakness in the Department’s cybersecurity program.

I encourage you to use this information to strengthen your existing cybersecurity program and enhance your review of your firm’s system security measures. Contributed by Rochelle A. Truzzi, Senior Compliance Consultant.

For Mutual Funds: SEC Actions

Liquidity Risk Management Programs – Reminder to Small Fund Complexes: June 1, 2019, is the date small fund complexes have been waiting for — the deadline for fund families with less than $1 billion in assets to adopt a liquidity risk management program under Rule 22e-4 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “Liquidity Rule”). This deadline also requires appointing a Program Administrator and limiting investments in illiquid securities to 15% of the fund’s portfolio. These same small fund families still have until December 1, 2019, to implement liquidity classifications and the elements of the liquidity rule that are related to liquidity classifications, including the establishment of a highly liquid investment minimum (or HLIM). Given the phased-in compliance dates, we see many fund boards review liquidity risk management programs ahead of the initial June 1 compliance date, but wait to issue formal approval of these programs until closer to the December compliance date. The SEC’s Investment Company Liquidity Risk Management Programs Frequently Asked Questions are a useful reference. Refer to our prior blog post for additional details. Contributed by Cari A. Hopfensperger, Senior Compliance Consultant.

For Hedge Fund Managers: CFTC/NFA Actions

CFTC Amends its Privacy Regulations. Not to be outdone by other regulators, the CFTC recently amended its privacy regulations (CFTC Regulation 160.5) to incorporate the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (“FAST Act”) amendment to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (“GLB”). In the amendment, the CFTC allows certain commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators, retail foreign exchange dealers and futures commission merchants (“covered persons”) to avoid sending out an annual privacy notice. More specifically, the amendment permits covered persons to skip the annual privacy notice as long as the firm’s privacy practices have not changed since the last notice was delivered to clients, and the firm only shares non-public information in limited situations. Contributed by Cari A. Hopfensperger, Senior Compliance Consultant.

CFTC DOE Issues its First Public Enforcement Manual. For the first time, the CFTC Division of Enforcement publicly released its enforcement manual. In its press release, James McDonald, Enforcement Director, commented that “Our Manual aims to increase the level of clarity and transparency in our work. Clarity and transparency in our policies should promote fairness, increase predictability, and enhance respect for the rule of law. We expect the publication of our Manual to advance these goals going forward.” Contributed by Cari A. Hopfensperger, Senior Compliance Consultant.

[1] Shodan is a search engine for internet-connected devices.

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Your interactions with our Website and Services: As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically. This information includes IP addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp and clickstream data. We use this information to analyze trends, to administer the Website and our Services, to improve the content and performance of our Website and Services, and to track users' movements around the site. We may also link this automatically-collected data to personal information, for example, to inform authors about who has read their articles. Some of this data is collected through information sent by your web browser. We also use cookies and other tracking technologies to collect this information. To learn more about cookies and other tracking technologies that JD Supra may use on our Website and Services please see our "Cookies Guide" page.

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JD Supra's principal place of business is in the United States. By subscribing to our website, you expressly consent to your information being processed in the United States.

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You can make a request to exercise any of these rights by emailing us at privacy@jdsupra.com or by writing to us at:

Privacy Officer
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Pursuant to Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code, our customers who are California residents have the right to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes.

You can make a request for this information by emailing us at privacy@jdsupra.com or by writing to us at:

Privacy Officer
JD Supra, LLC
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Sausalito, California 94965

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Changes in Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. Please refer to the date at the top of this page to determine when this Policy was last revised. Any changes to our Privacy Policy will become effective upon posting of the revised policy on the Website. By continuing to use our Website and Services following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes.

Contacting JD Supra

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We use cookies and other tracking technologies to:

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We may update this cookie policy and our Privacy Policy from time-to-time, particularly as technology changes. You can always check this page for the latest version. We may also notify you of changes to our privacy policy by email.

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