Cyber Security Advisor - Waystone

      Cyber Security Advisor

      In response to the increasing cyber security threat posed to investment funds, global regulators are calling for boards to implement robust safeguards. This is providing a range of challenges for board members as they endeavour to manage a highly-technical subject for which they have a legal responsibility.

      Funds boards and cyber security

      The implementation of measures to address the cyber security threat is the latest item on the ever-increasing list of obligations for fund boards. While they must demonstrate that they are well equipped, it is not practical to have directors that are dedicated cyber security specialists.

      A fund’s level of compliance is determined by the cyber security posture of its service providers, such as the fund administrator, custodian and management company. A fund’s cyber security status is therefore determined by assessing the practices of these entities.

      While the expectations of regulators are clearly laid out, the methods to achieve compliance are not. Meeting regulatory expectations when they are not fully prescribed is a significant challenge. In addition, the reporting of a fund’s service providers is inconsistent and highly technical, making it difficult for board members to meaningfully assess their processes, procedures and the management/ impact of any incidents that occur.

      The Cyber Security Advisor

      The need for cyber security specialism is clear and achieving this by engaging a Cyber Security Advisor is the obvious choice.  The role of a Cyber Security Advisor includes:

      • providing ongoing advice and guidance on cyber security matters and ensuring that the fund remains at the forefront in addressing cyber security developments
      • jargon-free assessments on the cyber security practices of a fund’s service providers in areas such as penetration tests, policy and procedure reviews and infosec maturity
      • comparability of the cyber security posture across each service provider
      • regular cyber security training for board members
      • incident response support for fund boards.

      Waystone provides a range of tailored services to suit the specific needs of your fund and organisation. From our dedicated team of cyber security experts, a Cyber Security Advisor will be provided to you to ensure that fund board members are able to meet the cyber security expectations of the regulators.


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