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GDPR: Good News for Financial Services

December 8th, 2017|Compliance|

Spoiler alert! This is not another one of those articles about GDPR designed to put CEOs, Compliance Officers and CISCOs into a state of panic about how to get their business compliant by May 2018. No, instead this post is actually about why GDPR could be a good thing for the financial services industry, and [...]

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Tech regulation in Financial Services should not be that challenging

October 25th, 2017|Compliance|

If you are in Operations or a Compliance Officer in Financial Services, it’s a busy and confusing time at the moment. MIFID II comes into effect in Early 2018, followed by the less well understood and somewhat mysterious beast that is GDPR. And all this is set against a backdrop of a seemingly ever increasing [...]

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Would you trust Apple’s X rated facial recognition software?

September 28th, 2017|Compliance, Security and Threats|

So we have had the annual hype-fest about the latest set of new Apple products - chief amongst which is the new iPhone X. A lot has been said and written about the new features, in particular the new facial recognition software which Apple claims is 20x more secure than its touch ID. As far [...]

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MiFID II and the impact on Financial Services

August 8th, 2017|Compliance|

“Your call will be recorded for…” Transparency is an important and desirable feature of financial services today; helping to ensure that customers get fairer outcomes from the decisions they make about financial products and services. To this end, most FS firms have measures in place to record and store phone calls, emails and document face-to-face [...]

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MiFID II – 6 months to go – Are you ready?

July 5th, 2017|Compliance|

MiFID II The MiFID (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) is the EU legislation which applies to financial services firms involved in investment services and activities. The original legislation was applied in the UK in November 2007 and was intended to result in a more transparent and balanced marketplace across the EU. MiFID II, [...]

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Antispam tools invading your digital privacy

June 20th, 2017|Business Continuity, Company News, Compliance, Productivity, Security and Threats, Technology News, Tips and Advice|

  I recently blogged about how we can be our own worst enemies in disclosing our online identity. And how the companies we provide this information to sell it to allow people to target you with marketing and advertising campaigns. Since writing this a colleague brought to my attention a recent story involving a popular [...]

Passwords – Have You Lost Control?

February 18th, 2016|Compliance, Security and Threats|

We talk about passwords a lot in this blog. It's no big news that many people have insecure passwords and that this results in security risks. But as a business owner or Director do you have any idea how many user accounts and passwords are in use within your business? Sure you know everyone has [...]

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IT, Compliance and Business Continuity for Regulated Businesses

February 11th, 2016|Business Continuity, Compliance|

If your business is highly regulated, like in the financial services sector or legal professions, your IT requirement presents some unique challenges. Cyber security and data compliance are a priority for any organisation, but when your business activities are centered on sensitive and personal information they are imperative. The consequences of non-compliance or data breaches [...]

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