Show investors that you have a 3+ year budget for working capital without any performance fees. Make sure to properly allocate expense and investment opportunities if you decide to launch a single investor fund or separately managed accounts. When it comes to seed arrangements, pick the right partner and put parameters around potential issues that could arise. Become familiar with the changing expectations on the cybersecurity front, from both investors and regulators. Investment firms often place too much emphasis on managing portfolios and not enough on managing the business as a whole. The decisions you make from the outset will define how your firm is regarded within the industry, by both investors and competitors.
Since the 2008 economic collapse and scandals caused by the likes of Madoff, transparency has become a key requirement for investors. By investing upfront in operational and technology systems that can support your business and propel operations, you provide your firm with marketing tools that will far surpass the capabilities of a presentation or pitch book.
These critical considerations are ideal for new managers to address as they enter the startup phase.
Operating capital may be limited in the first few years after your launch, so careful budgeting and long range planning will serve your firm well. Governmental oversight of the financial industry has evolved dramatically in the last decade.
Apart from registration, you should also determine if there are any legislative implications for your new firm. Since 2014, cybersecurity preparedness is also a critical area of focus for regulatory bodies. Cloud services offer more flexibility than traditional infrastructure models and, beyond cost-savings, can reap rewards for new launches.
Of course, one of the greatest benefits to using an outsourced cloud service is professional management and monitoring. Beyond infrastructure safeguards, it is critical that firms implement policies and procedures to protect firm and client assets. One of the first decisions you’ll need to make as a new investment manager is how to set up your hedge fund. Based on these structural decisions, you’ll need to determine your tax implications as well as regulatory requirements. Once upon a time, hedge fund marketing was generally frowned upon, and in some cases, illegal.
During the initial marketing phase when a new launch is looking to secure startup capital, it’s important that firms understand their key selling points.
Every successful hedge fund needs smart partners on their side, therefore deciding what service provider your firm is going to engage with is one of the most critical decisions your new startup will make.
Positively, using best-in-class vendors will say a lot to investors about the value you place on your firm. While the list of considerations is surely long for new hedge fund managers, we've whittled it down to 10 Keys to Launching a Hedge Fund Successfully - a guide for new startups to use when setting off on their new journey. Marc Berger’s opening statements emphasized the extent of the cybersecurity threat currently facing firms across a wide swath of industries. Where there is reliance on third-party service providers, the AAM is NOT relieved of its cybersecurity risks but rather, has the obligation to assess and monitor the provider’s security policies and procedures and conduct adequate due diligence.
While the SEC has issued various Risk Alerts providing guidance on areas of focus, the guidance and rules are not prescriptive.
Only 39% agree that their organization has ample resources to ensure all cybersecurity requirements are met. But what effect do these changes have for the person responsible for technology at a hedge fund or investment firm? Regulatory Requirements: With the Dodd-Frank Act and other new regulations in effect, investment management firms have a whole new host of requirements to meet.
Compliance: In addition to complying with the regulatory requirements above, there are also new internal compliance procedures hedge fund CTOs have to grapple with. Communication Skills: Despite the fact that they are forced to work with inanimate objects all day, technologists must also maintain good communication skills to support their technical operations. While dealing with increased focus and responsibilities relative to regulations, compliance, and due diligence have added to the plates of hedge fund CTOs, another phenomenon has also contributed to this change in role.
While some firms have opted to reduce or eliminate their IT staffs and outsource all technology, others have opted to maintain internal technology resources while also utilizing the cloud.
Regardless of the approach, the prevalence of cloud computing in the hedge fund industry is driving technologists to evolve their technical and non-technical skills. If you’re the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) or IT Manager, your responsibility is determining the infrastructure choices that are going to best suit operations at your firm.
So how exactly do you go about getting the buy-in from your firm’s CFO when it comes to moving to the cloud? How will the transition to the cloud shift the company's costs from capital to operating expenses? How does our current IT cost structure compare with a public cloud strategy and a private cloud strategy?
Will transitioning to the cloud ultimately lower our costs and allow us more flexibility in approaching new business opportunities? Hedge funds, just like most financial firms, need staff to run their technology, handle special projects, build (and manage) complex applications and, of course, execute core business activities. Permanently staffing an IT department for absolute peak capacity, by hiring standby employees to fill in for absent team members, just doesn’t make sense. Rather than building an internal IT department, an investment firm can hire an outside provider to take ownership of its entire technology function. Outsourced vendors can also assume responsibility for the hedge fund’s technology management and planning, helping to make budget forecasts more accurate and predictable. A hybrid model consists of at least one in-house IT professional supported by additional staffing resources provided by an outsourced vendor.
This approach allows a fund to employ its own IT resources and provides access to the knowledge base of an outside vendor for research and development, instead of depending entirely on the skills and experience of a small in-house staff. Even an in-house IT department that successfully supports day-to-day operations may encounter special challenges beyond its capabilities. At the same time, it can also help make budgets and schedules more predictable compared to tackling the same complex, unfamiliar projects in-house. Like other value-added solutions, custom technology outsourcing offers a hedge fund access to raw IT resource power, as well as a repertoire of specialized skills. HFMWeek catches up with Eze Castle Integration’s executive director, Dean Hill, to discuss the importance of selecting the right business service providers and the key technology factors new funds must consider when starting out in the EU. HFM: What do you see as the greatest regulatory challenges facing new hedge funds in the EU? DH: Overall compliance and regulatory stipulations driven down from the SEC and ultimately picked up by the FCA are driving significant changes in the way that new, and indeed existing, hedge funds operate. HFM: There are a number of factors that play an important role in the success of a hedge fund. DH: Selecting the right service providers is probably the most important decision a new or established hedge fund will make.
DH: Investors are ultimately driving the initial success and setting the precedent with new launches and established firms. HFM: How can emerging managers leverage technology as a competitive differentiator against larger, more-established firms? In a SaaS model, firms are offered a complete range of applications via the Internet, all of which are managed by the hedge fund cloud provider. Infrastructure as a Service provides data centre, infrastructure hardware and software resources over the Internet.
The Internet, of course, is an essential vehicle for collecting and distributing market data, as well as communicating with your clients, investors and partners via email. Whichever Internet access method you select, seek out a plan that bundles proactive monitoring and security features to ensure the highest possible availability.
In today’s cloud-powered environment, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) systems have become a powerful option for hedge funds and investment firms to employ. Many IT service providers have partnerships with telecommunications companies and can assist you in selecting the appropriate options for your business. As technology continues to grow as an important competitive differentiator for hedge funds and investment firms, funds are continuing to leverage technology outsourcing as part of their operational strategies. Rising overheard costs relative to owning, maintaining and monitoring one’s own technology infrastructure. Hedge funds and investment firms can leverage outsourcing in a variety of ways – everything from help desks to document management, virtual Chief Technology Officers and other staff to disaster recovery plans, FIX connectivity and more. Hedge fund technology outsourcing options have evolved in recent years to support the growing needs of hedge funds and alternative investment firms. Through the cloud, funds can leverage outsourcing options such as software-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service, disaster recovery solutions and more. For investment funds not quite ready to outsource their technology solely to the cloud, colocation offers an alternative which allows for increased availability and redundancy without the need to maintain infrastructure on-site.
Outsourcing FIX connectivity helps funds reduce costs and time commitments for installing, testing and maintaining connections to brokers. Although we are faced with change on a daily basis, especially in the hedge fund technology industry, keeping pace with ongoing tech metamorphoses does not come easy for everyone. In this article, we’ll examine the recent end-of-life (EOL), of operating system (OS) Windows Server 2003, its resultant challenges and how to overcome them. Windows Server 2003 extended support ended on July 14, 2015; however, not all users have made the transition to Windows Server 2012 R2. The primary influencers are fear and a lack of sense of urgency to replace a still functioning OS. The bottom line is change is inevitable, and eventually 2003 will reach a point where the surrounding ecosystem won’t work with 2003 servers. To put the preconceived fears to rest, we can assure users there are benefits to the latest Windows update. With that said, aside from upgrading the legacy operating system, hedge funds may want to assess their current and future IT needs. The iPhone SE promises an A9 processor with faster LTE and Wi-Fi speeds, better battery life, 4k and 240 fps slow-mo video recording, live photo support, and Apple Pay. The starting price for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport is now $299, down $50 from the introductory price.
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Regulatory Risks – Following the right security practices will enable you to achieve clean audits from industry and government regulators. Personal Email – Even if your employee is following all of your processes and practices with work-related email, you could still be vulnerable if her private, personal email is breached or corrupted. By developing an internal culture of security, the organization does far more than deploy and configure bits and bytes. We at Eze Castle Integration have identified the top four reasons why backups are critical to not only a firm’s growth, but also their survival.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has instituted regulations on the storage of financial records and electronic communication, and financial industry regulatory agencies such as FINRA now provide standards and guidance information on potential threats. The reasoning behind these recommendations is the volume of things that can go wrong with your data storage solution.
Regulatory and compliance organizations recognize the necessity of data security and advocate for firms to have a comprehensive backup solution in place. As reported by Gartner in the 2015 Gartner MQ Report for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances, by 2017, the number of enterprises using the cloud as a backup destination will double, growing from twelve percent (12%) today. Consider the impact to your business if you lost the data held in your CRM, financial, or reporting systems. Backups should be an integrated part of not only the IT department, but of the overall business strategy.
Businesses invest large amounts of time, money and resources into their operations; however, most are lacking a plan to protect this hard work. Because the security of data is imperative, it’s critical that firms choose the right provider to maintain tight control and visibility over business critical information.
We spend a lot of time educating our clients about security best practices and encouraging them to implement comprehensive security policies and procedures to mitigate risk and protect both the firm and its employees. While companywide policies should reflect long-range expectations and corporate best practices, they should also include tactical recommendations that employees can follow to ensure they are complying with the company’s overall risk strategy.
Provide information such as login IDs, passwords, social security numbers, account numbers, etc.
Voice over IP has come a long way especially in the business world, but many financial services firms still have hesitations about making the switch.
Call quality is a key concern and can be impacted by a number of items including the network, available bandwidth and even the type of phones being used.
When evaluating VoIP for financial firms, it is important to inquire about the underlying network and how voice traffic is prioritized and routed. According to the FCC, if you are moving from one geographic area to another, however, you may not be able to take your number with you. The report found that in 55 percent of all cyber attacks in 2014 were carried out by either malicious insiders or inadvertent actors and that unauthorized access triggered nearly twice as many incidents in 2014 compared with 2013. Another example cited was that malicious code and sustained probes together accounted for 40 percent of all the incidents observed. These examples demonstrate that the risks facing large organizations and smaller firms (read: hedge funds) are just as real. Feedback on eSentire’s offering and approach is always received positively and the spark for this tech spotlight article.
Eze Castle Integration and eSentire are working together to give hedge funds using the Eze Private Cloud or on-premise IT complete protection from security risks that could jeopardize operations and threaten proprietary information.
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Not only must emerging managers evaluate traditional deployment strategies, but consider current factors influencing the financial landscape. There was quite a bit of content discussed during the 1-hour event, so we’ve pulled out some key takeaways. Target those who have a history of being receptive to founder share class and who may offer lower management and performance fees.
Recognize where the private cloud has an edge: high-touch, industry-specific service and support, scalability and application integration, and security and compliance. Value is derived from knowledge of the application, knowledge of business, and having a dedicated support team. By taking into account all aspects of your firm and relying on trusted service providers to support operations, you prove to the greater investment industry that you should be taken seriously and can operate successfully in a challenging environment. Nothing less than full disclosure is expected of firms from the newest launches to the most established investment firms.
And while that goal is certainly reachable, the process does not stop on your go-live date. These decisions can put your new firm on equal footing with established firms and demonstrate to investors that you are built to succeed. Our advice centers on everything from marketing and operations to IT budgeting and service provider selection. Don't forget to visit Hedge IT on Thursday as we reveal the last of our key considerations for starting a hedge fund. Hedge funds, private equity firms and registered investment advisers now operate in a world where they are beholden to regulatory bodies with growing expectations and requirements. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, which redefined the registration requirements for hedge funds, also set forth new reporting requirements and standards for safeguards.
With the prevalence of cyber threats and attacks, the SEC’s Office of Compliance and Examinations (OCIE) has incorporated cybersecurity into its examination targets. Firms can add users nearly instantly – a welcome benefit for startups looking to ramp up quickly. You can do this by conducting employee awareness training to keep all users informed and educated about the cyber environment and the threats that may arise. Be sure to come back to Hedge IT next week as we reveal more of our key considerations for starting a hedge fund. Your organizational structure will typically reveal itself as a limited partnership (LP) or limited liability company (LLC). In the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), under the Dodd-Frank Act, requires asset managers managing more than $150 million in AUM to register and hence meet a host of reporting requirements.
It wasn’t until the JOBS Act was enacted in 2013 that hedge funds finally had the opportunity to shed their fears of noncompliance and publicly market and advertise their funds. As a new firm, you won’t be able to manage all aspects of your operations internally.
If you outgrow your vendor quickly, it can be a significant operational disruption to transition to a new one. And be sure to come back to Hedge IT later this week when we'll be sharing an excerpt from our brand new whitepaper on the same topic! As a result, firms are challenged to understand what level of cybersecurity readiness will be deemed sufficient to meet regulatory obligations given their AUM. According to the Ponemon Institute’s 2015 Global Megatrends in Cybersecurity, sponsored by Raytheon, 25% of respondents in a study say C-level executives currently view cybersecurity as a competitive advantage, versus 59% who say it will be a competitive advantage three years from now.
In an industry historically known for protecting its information, recent regulatory developments may foster a change in how firms think about sharing information.
There is little doubt that the hedge fund industry has evolved in recent years with the rise of new regulations, the wide spread adoption of cloud services and deep focus on cybersecurity risks. In addition to needing knowledge on a variety of technical skills such as networking, storage, virtualization, telecommunications and resource management, a CTO must also possess a variety of business and non-technical skills to support the organization. CTOs have to run daily or intraday reports to satisfy new legal requirements, store and archive emails and other messages, and work with regulators on a regular basis to ensure their firms are complying with all necessary directives. Particularly in the post-Madoff era, firms are implementing policies to combat insider trading and other securities risks.
The increased focus on transparency and due diligence has led to many CTOs interacting directly with investors on a daily basis, educating them on how technology is supporting and protecting their assets. The popularity of cloud computing (and outsourcing in general) has prompted many hedge funds and investment firms to reevaluate their technical strategies and reallocate their technical resources. It can be done effectively and efficiently, and many larger firms, in particular, find it beneficial to use the cloud and also have internal staff dedicated to other technical projects. While many of the traditional roles of the hedge fund CTO are changing, others remain the same. Before you can make the pitch to your CFO, you need to realize the costs your firm is currently incurring for technology infrastructure (and personnel if that will be affected by your infrastructure decision). One of the greatest benefits to cloud solutions is the transition of Capital Expenditures (CapEx) to Operational Expenditures (OpEx). But when things turn bad, it could be downright scary," so here is our latest video that covers four signs you may be outgrowing your IT service provider. As an alternative, hedge funds often turn to outsourcing to cover employee vacations and sick time or to supplement a team during special projects. For a hedge fund manager, this approach offers relief from the daily burdens of managing an in-house staff and provides a cost-effective way to access best-of-breed technical skills. In addition, they can take the lead in training a hedge fund’s staff on IT systems and tools.
It differs from the supplemental staff model because it represents a permanent, strategic arrangement rather than a temporary, ad hoc remedy.
For the arrangement to succeed, the hedge fund manager and vendor must work together to coordinate planning and activities. Custom projects can range from new application development to Web design, and from developing new technology to enhancing existing platforms. I think going into 2016 we will see an increase in terms of the amount of new hedge fund launches across the UK and European markets.
From the prime broker to fund administrator, auditor, legal counsel, and technology provider, how important is it to work with the right key service providers?
All too often we advise funds not to cut corners in their technology operations, as this has a direct impact on the long-term success and reputability of their business. COOs are often overwhelmed with differences between private, public or hybrid owned cloud solutions.
We manage the Eze Private Cloud, for example, from end to end so we can give clients confidence that the solution will perform as promised. We've talked through Why Cloud Computing is Right for your Hedge Fund and Understanding Public, Private, and Hybrid Clouds. This means firms can forego upfront investments in servers and software licenses and pay a predictable per-user, per-month fee. The PaaS model enables hedge funds to create Web applications quickly without incurring the cost and complexity of buying and managing the underlying software and hardware.
Through IaaS, applications are delivered as a virtualisation platform by the cloud provider and can be accessed across the Internet. They are all delivered over the Web, and services can be accessed in the cloud on demand, usually via subscription payment.
High-speed Internet and voice connectivity are necessary to access market data feeds, communicate with investors and facilitate trade orders and other investment decisions.
You’ll likely find four Internet access choices, depending on availability in your area. You could also consider using multiple providers and a router in order to establish a safety net in the event one of your sources fails.
Your PBX will be installed in your data center and provides several options for routing calls and storing voicemails, as well as services such as caller ID, auto-attendant and integration with ring-down lines to various brokers. VoIP services are relatively inexpensive and can therefore be attractive to firms initially short on capital. Note that your costs will depend not only on the functions you need, but also how many users your fund will have. Funds can avoid making expensive hardware purchases and instead leverage the infrastructure of a proven, private cloud services provider. Outsourcing offers firms a variety of staffing options: for larger firms with in-house technology employees, they can leverage the expertise of a virtual Chief Technology Officer or supplemental support staff for special projects.
Fear, the biggest contributor of hesitancy toward change, masks the opportunities innovation presents. In the case of users still utilizing the legacy application, the risks they face largely outweigh the benefits.
Ultimately, MS will make it so the OS becomes inoperative as the company continues to evolve. With this support, migration is seamless for end users and downtime and data loss is limited with innovative backup solutions. Throughout this OS transition, we’ve experienced numerous clients moving away from their traditional infrastructures and taking the opportunity to adopt a cloud-based solution. Our client Wexford Capital LP is one such example who selected the Eze Private Cloud platform for its fully managed, enterprise-grade environment. Fittingly, CEO Tim Cook also discussed security at length – not shying away from concerns resulting from the current fight with the FBI. The 16GB model, as well as a 64 GB model for $499 go up for pre-order on March 24, 2016, with the first units shipping March 31, 2016.
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The most important development is the introduction of voice dictation support – meaning you can ask Siri to search for a specific movie as well as enter your username and password.
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That can be everything from a definition of personally identifiable information (PII), a description of user access privileges and roles, or policies regarding USB thumb-drives. It commits to defining and following thoughtful, far-ranging policies to eliminate the needless internal vulnerabilities that often go unrecognized. Regulatory agencies and investors now expect businesses to have backup solutions and comprehensive record-keeping practices. In addition, international regulators such as the FCA, a financial regulatory body in the United Kingdom, are also demanding firms to have a data backup solution. From hardware failure, software corruption, virus or network security breaches, to natural disasters and human error, the threat to your data is endless.
Businesses that demonstrate that their data is secure and backed up have a competitive edge when security questions inevitably come their way.
And by 2017, seventy-five percent (75%) of organizations will have replaced their remote-office tape backup with a disk-based backup solution that incorporates replication, up from forty-five percent (45%) today.
A SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey by Symantec found that downtime costs small businesses an average of approximately $12,500 per day and medium businesses $23,000 per day. Eze Castle partners with KeepItSafe, a leading provider for managed online backup and recovery, to deliver our Eze Vault services. In addition to providing employees with security best practices they should follow, don’t forget to also include a list of actions they should not. In honor of this global availability, we want to debunk some common myths associated with VoIP for financial services forms. However, a well-designed business-caliber VoIP system can deliver quality of service comparable to an in-house phone system.
You want a provider that has full control over network traffic and can ensure high quality of service. While consumer-grade VoIP services work over the Internet to deliver low cost services, Business-grade VoIP services often use the Internet as a backup and have private IP point-to-point lines for primary connections. It is important to ask providers about the availability of financial industry specific features such as bridged appearances and IP ringdowns. Therefore, be sure to ask your VoIP provider about how they handle number portability when moving outside a geographic region. Contact Eze Castle Integration to learn more about our Eze Voice Service that was built specifically for hedge funds, financial services firms and alternative investment firms. A 2015 Cyber Security Intelligence Index study by IBM found that over 62 percent of cyber incidents targeted three industries -- Finance, Insurance, and Information and Communications -- highlighting the serious risk cyber intrusions present to financial firms.
To that end, we regularly team with eSentire to speak with hedge fund CTOs about the security landscape and their managed security technology. We took the extra step and actually took professional level notes for you to print and use at will.
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We’ll give you every red cent back with no questions asked and let you keep the recordings for wasting your time! Prepare an institutional set of documents up front if you are looking to attract institutional money versus high net money. They include risk assessment, governance, training, access control, vendor management, and information sharing.
That means you have to demonstrate to investors that you take your business seriously and that you’ve made investments in your operations, technology, etc. As such, fund managers should take this to heart and make strong efforts to comply with increasing investor expectations. From your legal paperwork to security practices and technology safeguards, the importance of documentation cannot be understated in today’s environment. For example, system safeguards such as data protection, disaster recovery measures and email archiving are requirements under Dodd-Frank. Having released two extensive questionnaires and several risk alerts focused on security, the SEC has made it clear to investment firms that they will be investigating the practices employed at firms and increasing expectations for the future. Startups have a variety of options when it comes to settling on their technology infrastructure. Users can gain access to email, file services and applications from virtually anywhere, and built-in disaster recovery provides confidence that everything is protected from the inside out. Users should understand how security threats may present themselves (phishing schemes, social engineering, etc.) as well as how they can become cybersecurity assets to your firm. You may also consider a master-feeder fund structure, which could provide favorable benefits, and a domestic or offshore choice may also come into consideration. There are a variety of communication options firms can use to solicit investors – from traditional print and websites to social media, video and email marketing.
Determine what exactly your marketing pitch will be and how you plan to go about promoting it. Again, your CRM system comes into play here and will assist you in tailoring your messaging for future communications.


The due diligence process plays an important role here; you should thoroughly vet service providers to ensure you have the information necessary to assist you in the decision process. From a technology perspective, investors will appreciate that you’ve made an investment in systems and processes that support your business and trading operations, and it will give them peace of mind knowing your IT vendor is equipped to handle any issues that may arise.
Successfully operating a new startup beyond the first year is a feat many managers struggle to accomplish, therefore it's critical for emerging managers to gain a full understanding of the industry that awaits them and the hurdles they should expect to face.
Highlighting the importance of information sharing, on December 19, 2015, after years of failing to enact cyber threat information-sharing legislation, Congress passed the controversial Cybersecurity Information-Sharing Act of 2015.
But as the industry has experienced rapid change over the last several years, so too have the CTOs and their responsibilities. Mobile security and BYOD issues are another area for technology directors to focus their attention. Working more frequently with investors and regulators means CTOs need to work on their interpersonal communication and ensure they are properly representing their organizations. Many firms still maintain that they need an internal resource for troubleshooting and other projects.
IT doesn’t always have insight into the financial ramifications of an operations decision of this magnitude. Once you have even a rough figure, you’re better equipped to approach your CFO with a cloud proposal and can outline the various cost-savings the firm is likely to incur as a result of the move. Make sure you’ve thoroughly evaluated all of the appropriate cloud solutions available to you and compiled the necessary research to present to your CFO. With the cloud, firms no longer need to drop tens of thousands of dollars on costly hardware to power operations. So explaining hypervisors, MPLS and intrusion detection systems shouldn’t be your first priority. If the vendor uses dedicated resource pools, its staff can build a deeper understanding of the fund’s business processes. Take caution though -- before entrusting your entire technology platform to an outside party, be certain that the vendor thoroughly understands the financial industry and operates from a position of financial strength and stability. Outsourcing is an affordable way to tap into top expertise and best practices in these disciplines.
However, because of their mission-critical nature, they require the same vigilance with regard to vendor experience and financial strength. The selected provider should be able to handle all phases of a development effort including requirements, design, usability, development, testing, deployment and hosting.
Not only are these launches coming more frequently, but their size, structure and launch AuM is greater than anything we have seen in the last two-to-three years. I think the biggest challenge that COOs are now facing is that they are now much more accountable for areas of their business and operations where they may not have significant insight. Funds are trying to attract institutional investment from other regions, and investors are looking to work with individuals with a solid pedigree and companies that have a solid background in providing proven solutions. Investors expect firms to maintain institutional grade IT environments regardless of their size. Ultimately a fund is putting its trust in an outsourced provider to deliver a service that ensures the business is up and running at optimum performance levels for the longest time possible.
Since selecting a technology partner is one of the most important decisions a firm can make, we encourage clients to conduct thorough due diligence, which includes inquiring about what services are outsourced. The firm has full control of the virtualised platform and is not responsible for managing the underlying infrastructure. Hedge funds can easily upgrade or downgrade plans in real time to accommodate business needs for cloud business solutions. To help you make an informed decision about your voice and Internet needs, we’ve provided a few suggestions below. As you consider your options, it will be useful to know the approximate number of users and required functionality of the system.
Added VoIP benefits include high levels of redundancy, seamless connectivity across multiple office locations and critical functionality for financial services firms.
A fund with fewer than 40 users might pay anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 for basic telecommunications services. Fees vary and are determined by your offering mix, user base, remote access method and real-time pricing requirements.
Smaller firms that do not employ their own IT staffs may choose to outsource that department in its entirety so they can focus on doing what they do best – making investment decisions. Fear is what leads to IT limbo, and in an ever-evolving technology landscape, this effect can be crippling. An outdated system will only continue to fall behind in the race of technology, trouble shooting will take longer, future applications will fail to run, or crash the server altogether, and the cost to migrate increases concurrently as the pool of experts shrinks.
Benefits of upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2 include, but are not limited to, enhancements in management, storage, virtualization and security. Windows Server 2003 also presents the opportunity for financial firms to adopt alternative technology innovations that have risen over the past decade.
Transitioning to a private cloud offers firms advanced computing capabilities, practically zero downtown, unlimited resources, increased scalability and the safest, most robust cloud computing option available. Wexford Capital gravitated away from its on-premise IT infrastructure and towards the Eze Private Cloud for its multifaceted suite of services and measurable benefits, such as, cost optimization and increased business agility. Other new features include Folders, allowing users to organize apps in the home screen, access to the iCloud Photo Library, and Live Photos. The bank believes hackers executed a hack that allowed $81 million to be taken from the bank’s foreign exchange account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. And the way that starts to happen is through systemic and comprehensive training practices.
Understanding the need and importance of implementing a backup solution can add instrumental value to your business. With today’s financial services companies managing exponentially growing volumes of sensitive data, the risk of loss grows as well. If something were to happen to the data center where your production system lives, you can resume operations in DR. Having a third-party backup solution provides geographic diversity of data assets, which is key for a complete business strategy.
Recently, KeepItSafe highlighted the success of a backup and recovery case when a company’s servers crashed, and with it, so too did their records of billing history, accounts receivable and accounts payable. Take a look below and discover a vast range of security tips and tricks from email encryption to proper security measures for protecting computers and mobile devices. In business settings, where calls are made over private IP connections, Quality of Service (QoS) can be monitored and guaranteed because the entire IP connection is controlled by the party making the call.
For added confidence, ask to speak with existing VoIP customers (over the phone!) to hear about their experiences first-hand. If Internet is the primary transit, be sure you are working with a VoIP provider who manages the entire network and has control over traffic prioritization. Additionally, Eze Castle Integration utilizes eSentire intrusion detection technology within our Eze Private Cloud and to power our Eze Active Threat Protection services.
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Further discussion describes medical instruments, equipment and training to consider including in your off-grid medical kit. She owns and operates Angels Among Us, which offer survival related courses to troubled youth. Leon goes into great depth detailing and providing all there is to know about the various essential oils that can be used now, as well as in a post collapse scenario.
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Access Pass holders can claim their free copy inside the members area and stay in the know! Tools such as risk management or document management systems can give extra peace of mind to demanding investors with high expectations. Regardless of the assets your firm is launching with, you will be expected to have sophisticated and comprehensive policies and procedures in place from day one to combat cyber threats.
With the birth of cloud technology, firms can save on upfront capital expenditures and host their infrastructure in the cloud – providing flexibility within those startup budgets. A reputable cloud services provider not only provides world-class infrastructure and resiliency; it also assumes responsibility for the management and daily maintenance of your cloud environment.
Investors also have high expectations, and before they will even consider allocating money to your firm, they want to understand what protections you’ve put in place to protect their assets. Many of these decisions will be impacted by the assets you plan to launch with or if you’re using or planning to solicit seed or acceleration capital. Regardless of how, firms should build comprehensive marketing plans that will support their business beyond the launch phase.
During this initial period, consider investing in a customer relationship management (CRM) tool to help you monitor and track investor communications.
As of June 30, 2015, per ITRC data, in 2015 the banking industry experienced an increase of 85% versus 2014 data for the same period.
However, regulators may also be looking at whether enforcement action is warranted if the AAM failed to implement appropriate security measures that would have prevented the attack from occurring. Instead they are typically focused on the other benefits including personnel reallocation, workflow efficiencies, etc. Rather, costs are broken down into predictable, monthly (generally per user) fees that are simple to calculate when adding or removing users.
Instead, focus on operational benefits and challenges and how the infrastructure decision supports the business as whole, not just the IT department. It also provides the fund with a ready backup contingency plan, as well as the flexibility to scale up resources as needed.
We see a lot of service provider companies coming into the market with little or no experience and no concept of what it takes to service a client in such a demanding and fast-paced environment.
We have had clients that have been attacked, and we have seen it happen to other companies in the marketplace. The proliferation of private cloud services has had a marked impact in levelling the playing field. Once launched, a start-up should also commit to conducting annual risk assessments of their technology partners.
PaaS is great for firms creating or managing their own applications or looking for testing and development environments.
Keep in mind your requirements for redundancy, voicemail-to-email setup, branch offices, and call accounting and call recording systems. However, it’s likely you will want additional services including advanced mobility, integration with trading systems and modular messaging. However, with the support of expert IT service providers, the pains and fears of migrations and upgrades are alleviated. As patches and bug fixes are no longer being provided, hackers have an unguarded entrance to access a firm’s sensitive information, passwords and banking accounts. Additionally, the updated OS offers a 64-bit architecture, which is faster and more efficient than a 32-bit computer. It appears that the initial point of entry for the hackers was a spear-phishing email, potentially sent weeks before the fraud took place, which allowed the criminals time to remotely monitor and probe the bank’s networks without detection. However, if something is deleted in the production environment, that action is typically mirrored, thus deleted in DR as well.
DR allows the rapid recovery of IT operations while cloud backups provide another layer of protection by leveraging a third-party vendor to secure your data in an alternative location.
In most cases you want to ensure voice traffic takes precedent over data or travels on a different network. Chad explains how to get started and the long term advantages of owning your own aquaponics system. He shares some of his personal stories and journeys with us, detailing the life changing experiences he encountered along the way. Techniques and methods discussed are intended to be used by trained individuals as a last resort under dire circumstances. Dave is considered a master of self-reliance skills and explains the importance of not only learning valuable skills, but also the importance of learning and using your equipment before you ever need to in order to survive. Kellie strives to be, and is considered by many, to be a role model for women in the survival world.
He is a veritable fountain of information on the benefits and advantages that can be expected by those using essential oils in their daily lives.
With competition for investor allocations at an all-time high, you’ll have to work to determine what sets your firm apart from the others.
Be sure to enable your firm’s processes to comply with SEC recommendations including risk assessments, infrastructure practices, policy documentation, etc. With hackers savvier than ever and financial firms as known targets, it’s critical that firms establish a comprehensive approach to security to not only meet investor and regulatory demands but also to protect firm assets and mitigate business risk.
Firms can no longer act in silos, but must share information with industry peers (including competitors) to protect the entire sector.
Cyber security should be taken as a serious consideration for any firm that could be perceived as an easy target for fraudulent or malicious attack.
But, we always caution clients that there are differences between cloud offerings so they must conduct due diligence on the service providers to ensure all resiliency, security and service level requirements are met or exceeded. The most effective way to achieve 100% uptime is to select a service provider that has as much ownership and control of the service that you are buying into as possible. When you factor in these features, your costs can rise to a range between $30,000 and $80,000.
This not only increases the firm’s odds of being hacked, but also raises the gravity of ensuing damages should an incident occur.
Backups, on the other hand, create an offline copy of your data which is not accessible except to restore, sometimes utilizing a third-party vendor to store that data in an alternate location. The importance of protecting this data is interconnected to the importance of the overall operations of the business. He also shares with us the survival skills he learned while living off the land for so many years. If you don’t learn how to differentiate yourself, your chances of getting lost in the crowd are much higher. If not forthcoming, you may open up your firm to serious regulatory and criminal prosecution. Your cloud services provider should act as your trusted technology adviser and, as such, give you the flexibility and time you need to focus on your investment priorities without worrying about security updates and patch controls. Cyber-attacks carried out on the financial community have almost doubled in 2015, and industry experts believe these numbers will continue to increase unless adequate precautions and prevention measures are taken. AAMs can expect to see investors placing greater emphasis on cybersecurity as a part of its due diligence and regulators focusing on cybersecurity in their routine regulatory exams. The role of the hedge fund CTO has certainly changed in recent years, and like the technology these professionals support, it’s safe to say their job functions may be markedly different in the years to come.
We will continue to do so through our dedication of servicing to the alternative investment industry.
Criminals are becoming more and more sophisticated in their approach to corporate fraud and extracting money from victims. Typically risk is added when a service provider relies on other third parties to provide some or all of their solutions, as they effectively become an intermediator. If start-up firms can demonstrate the same or better results through technology, they have the ability to shock older, more established, institutional firms to take note of what they are doing. The issue this latter factor presents is there is no method for directly upgrading operating systems from a 32 bit.
If access to a file was lost in both production and DR, backups grant the ability to recover the data and continue business as usual. This is an example of a successful case; however, many businesses lacking a backup solution are not so lucky. What we are seeing across the market, in terms of hedge fund launches, is the selection of the right partners and providers across all aspects of the business is absolutely critical. This creates a situation where they have little or no control over the service being provided. Unless, you have an IT provider to manage a side by side migration technique for transferring applications and services to the new OS. At Eze Castle Integration, for example, we have built layers of security into our Eze Private Cloud solutions to help ensure user data is protected from the data centre to the desktop.




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