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January 22, 2019
At this time of year, everyone in accounting, investments, and securities departments who have to close out the end of the month, quarter, and year dread the long days and weekend work. It is a time of high stress for these employees—the pressure is so high, and the fear of making or finding a mistake and of not making the year-end numbers has everyone burned out before the New Year even gets...
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Samantha Chow
January 22, 2019
The increasingly complex regulatory environment, along with ongoing technological gains largely propelled by the new emerging industry of fintech, have transformed the very nature of financial fraud and given rise to a new breed of adversary more technologically advanced than in decades past. Over the past two decades, the chief risk officer (CRO) and chief information security officer (CISO)...
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Alissa Knight
January 17, 2019
I just returned from the 2019 NRF (National Retail Federation) conference in New York. It’s a gathering of about 38,000 people at the Javits center, and if you’re at all interested in the things that make retail work, it’s where you need to be in January. Every type of business that supports retail is present and in force. Here are some of my observations from my few days in retail land:...
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January 16, 2019
New mobility options, such as on-demand scooters and bicycle-sharing operations, are popping up in cities all over the world. As these types of mobility options proliferate and use grows, accidents and injuries are sure to follow, resulting in property damage and liability claims. Unfortunately, the existing marketplace for this type of situation is murky at best. Will your existing auto...
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January 14, 2019
Anyone who has seen me on a panel about technology talent or innovation (or even seen me sitting in the audience when there’s a mic nearby) will know I have strong views on how and where the capital markets (and other areas of the financial services industry, I’m sure) are going wrong in trying to attract and retain tech staff. This is not about offering individuals the ability to wear a pair of...
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Virginie O'Shea
January 9, 2019
As the sun rises on 2019, it will also be shining on a new equities exchange application. The launch of Members Exchange (MEMX), founded by a consortium of nine financial services firms, was announced this week, and according to the press release, it will apply for U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approval in early 2019. Given the IEX exchange application approval and the public...
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December 18, 2018
First, there were just usernames. Then came usernames and passwords. Then came multifactor authentication (MFA), which requires something you know, such as a username and password; something you have, such as a one-time password token; or something you are, such as biometrics using your fingerprint or a retina scan. Now frictionless identity access management (IAM) is the “soup du jour” as...
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Alissa Knight
October 31, 2018
Bugs, also referred to as software vulnerabilities, are flaws that can be abused to cause a system or software to have unintended behaviors that disclose sensitive information, negatively impact availability, or provide unauthorized access. These bugs are what malicious hackers use to successfully achieve their after-action goals in a long kill chain of steps. Thus, the life cycle of a...
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Alissa Knight
October 23, 2018
I've seen a lot of board rooms over the last 18 years and have met with boards of directors for companies with as few as 100 employees and companies with as many as 50,000 employees. In every one of these meetings, I've been asked the inevitable, arguably rhetorical question, "Are we secure yet?" No cybersecurity engineer or chief information security officer (CISO) looks forward to this...
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Alissa Knight
October 22, 2018
“Dear password, we’ve been together for over 28 years now. As a matter of fact, you were my first authentication mode. You made sense at one point in my life when I needed something that simply just worked. Now, you aren’t enough for me ; I need more — something you can’t offer. It’s time for me to move on and leave you in my past. We grew up together since telnet; we worked perfectly together...
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Alissa Knight

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