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FinTech Trends Newsletter Week 7th May – 11th May 2018

Moving to the cloud will make asset management more secure

By moving operations to the cloud and protecting everything with two-factor authentication, asset managers can cure many data protection and security headaches at a stroke. Speak to Storm IT Financial for assistance about Cloud (Public & Private), Data Management, back up, cyber security & firewall solutions and security education seminars.

The best way to ensure the security of the data your organisation holds is to keep all IT systems in house and on site, right? Well, no. This actually isn’t the case. The number of high-profile data security breaches we have seen in recent years go to show just how difficult it is to protect against a determined hacker. With the focus moving to ransomware, there are all kinds of threats to be dealt with at once. Storing your data and hosting your mission-critical software platforms on premise actually makes you into a juicy target for the cybercriminals. The threat landscape is highly dynamic and it is asking a lot of an in-house IT team – certainly in a Tier 2 firm – to keep everything safe. After all, they could be working 24/7 to install software patches, keep anti-malware programs and firewalls watertight yet still be undone by the carelessness of an employee working in a different department altogether.

The truth is, a firm’s cybersecurity defences are only as strong as the weakest link in the chain. Very often, this weak link is a human who uses an easily guessable password, or loses their laptop, or fails to follow other basic procedures. While password good practice should be something all employees are regularly reminded about, by moving operations to the cloud and protecting everything with two-factor authentication, asset managers can cure many data protection and security headaches at a stroke. A laptop with sensitive information stored on its hard drive is a much greater risk than one that doesn’t have the information stored on it. If all staff are accessing mission-critical systems and documents via the cloud – protected by two-factor authentication – then a stolen device needn’t be a worry. While the benefits of working in the cloud in terms of flexibility, scalability, and cost of ownership are well known in most industries, many asset management firms have resisted making the move to the cloud. The major stumbling block seems to be the myth that using a MSP (managed service provider, like Storm IT Financial) or third party, for hosting critical systems or storing data is less secure than doing it all yourself. While there is always an element of risk involved, it’s clear to me that in the vast majority of cases that asset management firms would be safer moving their operations to the cloud. There are a lot of changes to how data can be used and stored coming next year in the shape of the GDPR regulations, so a good cloud provider will also be able to help you find a compliant solution. Thinking in the even shorter term, with MiFID II, cloud-based systems have enable asset managers to carry out a number of processes that had traditionally been done in a very analogue way but now require a digital approach. Again, a detailed assessment of the options will enable asset managers to find compliant and secure services. One of the key considerations in MiFID II revolves around the secure distribution of the correct documents to the correct people, and cloud-based services provide a great solution here. Working in the cloud has many other advantages that will enable a firm to be more efficient too. For example, multiple people can work on documents collaboratively and everyone will still see the latest version – you won’t end up with a situation where two people make edits offline to a single document at the same time, effectively turning it into two separate, different documents. The beauty of cloud computing is that you are putting your data in the hands of experts. They live and breathe cloud services; their entire business is built upon providing an efficient, secure and trustworthy platform for their clients. They will be just as keen to protect your data as you are.

While it is still important to have an in-house IT team with the right cybersecurity skills – who are constantly being trained so these skills are up to date – by using a MSP, like Storm IT Financial, or third-party cloud provider you are also getting additional expertise and protection. Again, these companies are actively protecting their clients from all kinds of threats every day, and have some of the best brains in the business working for them.

For further advice & assistance about Cloud (Public & Private) & Data Management, contact  Storm IT Financial and find out more information on Hedge Fund, Asset Management, Private Equity & Alternative Investment, back up, disaster recovery, cyber security & firewall solutions, security education seminars, Regulatory & Compliant  Solutions , data storage, SaaS, helpdesk support & IT Services.

Storm IT Financial FinTech News & Trends picks: Week 7th May– 11th May2018

Securities regulators to set up Fintech Network and ICO framework

International securities regulators to establish a ‘Fintech Network’ to share information, knowledge & risks to the financial system from tech..:

Banks say they aren’t profitable enough for tech giants to bother with their business

The banking industry’s returns are lower than those in the tech sector so, why would Apple or Amazon want to break into their line of business?:

Over half of bank salespeople spend quarter of time onboarding new client organisations

Research findings published today by the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) show time spent for onboarding clients…:

Deutsche Bank and major airlines in “game-changing” paytech pilot

Deutsche Bank has teamed up with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to test “a disruptive new payment model”:

Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund Looks to Bring Big Investors to Cryptocurrencies

Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund is wagering that institutional investors will soon make a splash in cryptoassets:

MiFID II progress summary report: Why there’s still work to do

Two regulatory events have taken a closer look at MiFID II progress and highlighted the work still to be done in areas such as data management..:

London banking startup Revolut worth $1.7 Bn months after launching

Fintech Revolut raised $250 million at $1.7 billion valuation:

Making the case for “cloud-native”

The need to better serve customers through technology impacts banks of all sizes today:

Goldman Sachs, Apple team up on new credit card

Card would carry the Apple Pay brand and could launch early next year:

This Is How to Get Started With AI When the Only Thing You Know Is the Acronym

AI integration can’t happen overnight, and it won’t happen at all unless you initiate the process:

Virtual Reality Plus Artificial Intelligence CanTransform Risk Management

How tech could help financial services firms address the challenges of regulatory compliance, risk management…:

Inside the high-speed BT internet bunker that fuels City trading

Demand for London’s fastest & most expensive internet is soaring among banks desperate to get an edge…:

Cloud-based systems have enable asset managers to carry out a number of processes that had traditionally been done in a very analogue way but now require a digital approach. Speak to Storm IT Financial for assistance about Cloud (Public & Private), Data Management, back up, cyber security & firewall solutions and security education seminars.