Posts By: E.J. Yerzak

Social Engineering & Ransomware

If you were asked to describe a hacker, what image comes to mind? If you’re like most, you are probably picturing unintelligible text flying across a monitor as young men in black hoodies attempt to break into networks, engaging in a very technical dance and speaking in terms the average layperson would not understand.

Getting Smart About Cyber

When it comes to managing cybersecurity risk, investment advisers are in a tough position. As the frequency and variety of cybersecurity risks mount, IT budgets and staffing do not always follow suit. Compliance and IT professionals are often asked to do more with less, which can seem overwhelming given an ever-expanding list of regulatory and business requirements as well as increased scrutiny of firms’ cybersecurity controls by third parties.

California Privacy Law Brings ‘GDPR-Lite’ to the U.S.

In what has become an ongoing race among states to have the toughest privacy regulation in the U.S., California has jumped to the front. On June 28, 2018, California’s legislature unanimously passed a privacy bill that was later signed by Governor Jerry Brown, which simultaneously strengthens privacy protections for California residents while possibly mooting an … Continued

Advisers Beware: FBI “Operation WireWire” Shows Firms Increasingly Being Targeted Using SEC Filings

CSS has observed more and more investment advisers falling victim to Business Email Compromise, or “BEC” schemes over the past year. Unfortunately, they are in good company, as the trend is consistent with a worldwide increase in such attacks by increasingly skilled hacker networks around the world. On June 10, 2018, the FBI announced in … Continued

For Cryptocurrency and Blockchain, a Reckoning is Coming

 NOTE: Ascendant Director of Cyber IT Services E.J. Yerzak recently spoke at the AIM Summit in Abu Dhabi, a conference that targets alternative investment managers. The following is a brief summary of his key comments during his two sessions, “Primer on Crypto Currency, Distributed Ledger Technology and ICO’s,” and “Legal & Regulatory Insights/AML – Blockchain” … Continued


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