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. Apple announced the launch of Carekit, a companion to ResearchKit that allows six partner medical organizations, including John Hopkins University and Stanford Medicine, to create apps to help patients monitor their symptoms and care with their doctor. Apple also gave an update on its goal to run all facilities on 100 percent renewable energy. Many firms create a 10-20-page written information security plan that formalizes the definitions and policies that govern the creation, access, and deletion of confidential information and computing services. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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. During this session you will learn how the National Guard responds to natural disasters and catastrophes, how the guard is activated, chain of command and ultimately how the Guard can facilitate search, rescue and recovery.A  This session includes a panel discussion between the highest ranking Guard commander in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. During this dynamic session we will take an in-depth look at the CAT process and get critical insight from veteran CAT managers on what it takes to respond efficiently and effectively to best serve your customers and communities. This talk will discuss the needs and solutions for enhancing the EF-scale, including increased differentiation of construction quality and improved critical archival procedures, greatly improving the applications of the scale and historical record for modeling.
This is a unique opportunity to see the significance of 2014’s extreme weather events from a meteorological perspective.
During this session we will explore how to utilize the ESRI ArcGIS server mapping solution and the impact it can have on the claims handling process. This presentation reviews the lessons learned concerning residential construction, due to the May 20th 2013, Moore Oklahoma tornado. Discussion of public storm shelters and the challenges they pose for both the citizens seeking shelter and the businesses overrun during severe weather. Recent natural catastrophes demonstrated the need for increased collaboration among key stakeholders to enhance preparedness efforts, increase consumer financial literacy and provide certainty after an event.
Challenges and lessons learned from the 2014 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that impacted several Arkansas counties including Faulkner, Pulaski, and White Counties. This presentation will review key trends in the frequency and severity of homeowners insurance claims, both countrywide and in individual states. During this session we will be discussing how to make sure your customers are prepared for a disaster. OU’s Office of Emergency Preparedness regularly plans for and prepares for life threatening weather events including thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes.
During this session we will take a look at aid provided by the Baptist Disaster Relief organization and how they can assist immediately following catastrophes from feeding those displaced and responders to debris removal. As the planet warms, some theorize a correlation between global warming and increased weather events such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and hail.
Senator Nelson will discuss the role the NAIC plays when natural disasters strike and the assistance they can provide to states in times of stress and need.
During this session we will hear from several insurance commissioners on the risks their state faces and discuss the effects recent storms and modeling pose for the insurance industry as a whole.
This 45 minute course will focus on the analysis of property damage following wind and hail events.
During this session you will gain better understanding and the ability to recognize and assess the proper valuation for real property and insurance needs. This session shows the benefits and ease of mobile and real-time data collection using ArcGIS.
What Building Performance Should We Expect from the 2014 Enhanced Building: Code Approved by City of Moore, Oklahoma?
What Building Performance Should We Expect from the 2014 Enhanced Building: Code Approved by City of Moore, Oklahoma? Following the deadly May 20, 2013 tornado the city of Moore, Oklahoma became the first municipality outside of hurricane-prone regions to implement enhanced building codes.
This session will focus on the appraisal process as an alternative dispute resolution tool: what is it, how it works, who can start the process and, ultimately, when should it be used.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) have forged a mutually beneficial relationship by establishing a social media team of college students. Survivors, as well as First Responders, have the potential to experience traumatic stress reactions in the aftermath of catastrophe. Highlights of the Actuarial Climate Index with focus on the Midwest and Plains States Wind Power index values; Effects of healthcare cost and utilization in the wake of severe wind and precipitation events.
Currently the ICC 500 Standards, the FEMA P320 and FEMA P361 guidelines are all undergoing revisions. Explore the capabilities OSHA can provide as well as examples of the response OSHA provided following the Moore, Quapaw and Vilonia tornadoes.
Main ContentThe PHEMCE mission is to advance national preparedness for natural, accidental, and intentional threats by coordinating medical countermeasure-related efforts within HHS and in cooperation with PHEMCE interagency partners. This is a complex mission space and many Federal agencies have responsibilities that are critical to its success. Requirements Setting: The PHEMCE is responsible for establishing requirements for civilian medical countermeasures based on many factors, including threat and risk assessments. Early Stage Research: NIH conducts and supports basic research to better understand threats of civilian public health concern. Regulatory Science Management: The PHEMCE conducts regulatory science  to facilitate medical countermeasure development, regulatory assessment, and use.
Response Planning, Policy, Guidance and Communication: The CDC and ASPR coordinate the development of Federal response plans, policy, guidance, and communication, and develop clinical utilization and allocation strategies as appropriate for medical countermeasures and assets. The traditional approach to business driver training has been either reactive, with drivers sent for in-car training following a collision, or unfocused, where for example only drivers who exceed an arbitrary annual mileage are sent for further training. Employers need to be clever about identifying the main risks and dealing with them sensibly, especially in the current business climate.
Only a third of employers are currently risk assessing individual drivers, although this is growing rapidly, while grey fleet drivers are often forgotten.
The most common form of video assessment shows a street scene unfolding ahead, often a town centre or busy urban road, and asks the driver to click on all the potential hazards within the field of vision.
Most assessment systems will typically label drivers as low, medium or high risk, often with the help of a simple traffic light graphic where red denotes the most at risk drivers.
Online driver risk assessment brings peace of mind for risk managers and ensures that all your drivers really are fit for purpose. Leaders of the scout platoon can use the environmental risk assessment worksheet shown in Figure E-1 to analyze the potential severity of environmental degradation for each training activity. Leaders should brief all responsible individuals and agencies (to include the installation environmental office, if applicable) on the proposed operational and training plans and on pertinent high-risk environmental factors.
Both of these approaches only address a tiny proportion of your workforce, and neither is a particularly effective use of a tight budget, or likely to pick up all the drivers who are genuinely most at risk. It is a commonly held belief that young drivers are more risky the older drivers, high mileage drivers are more risky than low mileage drivers and male drivers are more of a risk than female drivers. Motorways contribute a much smaller share of collisions, however, the consequences can be much worse due to the higher speeds involved. Fleet21 clips also incorporate synchronised video in the rear view mirror and both door mirrors to more accurately reflect the level of concentration required when driving and make the assessment much more effective.
The worksheet allows them to quantify the risk to the environment as extremely high, high, medium, or low. As with other types of risk assessment, such decisions must be made, and appropriate controls implemented, at the proper level of command. A routine EMS call may fall into the category of High Frequency, Low Risk We spend most of our efforts and are the most comfortable on this type of incident although we may overlook a risk due to the routine and complacent attitude that can develop regarding "Routine" calls.
Asking employees to drive on business presents a significant risk, to themselves, to the company and to other road users.


It is therefore vital to include as many different types of scenario as possible within the overall assessment. A good e-learning system will track all of this behaviour and record the details so that the risk manager can quickly and clearly see the status for every driver and whether further intervention is necessary. For example, the platoon leader determines that movement of heavy vehicles (which he has assigned a risk value of 5), "light" movement (a value of 2), and assembly area activities (a value of 4) will affect air pollution during the platoon's upcoming training exercise.
The decision-maker (whether it is the platoon leader, a subordinate leader, or a higher commander) uses the risk impact values as a guide in ensuring that the environment in the operational area is protected and preserved.
The system knows what those areas are from the driver assessment, and so it automatically tailors the e-learning course to the individual driver, meaning that valuable time isna€™t wasted teaching them what they already know.
Driver one is aA young male racking up a high mileage a€“ he ticks all the a€?high riska€™ alert boxes and conforms to all the accepted wisdom about which drivers are more likely to have a crash than others. We hope you make a lot of mistakes when you participate in the CTC - that's the bleeding edge of training, where you learn the most, when you can make a mistake, and learn from it without hurting people or property. Supplements in supporting my physique when I had cancer earth (our personal excepted) in their military chest.
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. In addition, the screen of the new iPad pro will be 40% less reflective than that of the iPad Air 2, but will be 25% brighter.
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. Users can record, track, and compare their symptoms with their doctors, and in turn the physicians can create a list of care instructions that are adjusted based on the CareKit information. Currently, 93 percent of its facilities run on renewable power, and 100 percent of US facilities are environmentally friendly. 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. 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. 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! 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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'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. Schmidt, CEO of Preparedness, LLC is the editor and coauthor of Implementing NFPA 1600 National Preparedness Standard.
This session will discuss what successful CAT teams do and how you can improve your CAT skills before your next deployment. Hazardous weather episodes that impacted life and property in the United States during 2014 will be reviewed. Not only can the real-time, historical data predict potential property claims it can also enable insurers to validate a claim or map damage areas to better respond to catastrophes. We will explore the legal ramifications of each side and discuss real-life scenarios and solutions. Kiesling will offer a forensic analysis of the door failure in Mayflower, AR that resulted in a death and a serious injury. In this session we will explore the critical role social media plays in informing people before, during and after storms and discuss how meteorologists are using it to save lives.
By working together at the local, state and federal levels and leveraging technology we can strengthen our nation’s resiliency, help save lives and help communities mover forward faster after an event.
The potential benefits of using different building systems will then be reviewed using that design guidance. In one instance an unusually high number of motorists were trapped on the highway as the storm bore down on them resulting in several fatalities. The role of catastrophe losses and the volatility of claim outcomes also will be explored.
The Hazard Vulnerability Analysis will be reviewed as it applies to facility construction, ongoing facility assessments and maintenance. After the May 2013 tornados the University revisited its tornado protocol and looked for ways it could better serve the 6,200 students that live on campus as well as the rest of the OU family. This session will give you expert know-how that you can apply to future field inspections as we take you step-by-step through several case studies. Also included are real life loss and claims examples, to help producers with talking points around the need for proper insurance to value for homeowners. The main focus will be how the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency utilizes the Collector App to perform mobile damage assessment after an event or disaster.
It presents possible improvements for the structural engineering design field and the construction industry and points out possible risk exposure that the insurance industry may not be aware of. This presentation will examine the provisions of the Moore building code amendment in light of recent research at the University of Florida undertaken to predict tornado loads on buildings.
IDHS provides training, mentoring and experience that few students or professionals encounter. This is a time when individuals are perhaps most vulnerable to traumatic stress.A  Understanding the nature of traumatic stress, as well as immediate intervention strategies greatly lessens the overall impact of the event leading to a healthy recovery. DHS is the lead in conducting the threat and risk assessments that are leveraged in PHEMCE requirements setting.
This research provides the foundation for developing medical products and strategies to diagnose, treat, and prevent a wide range of threats. DoD and USDA also conduct advanced development that is coordinated and leveraged through the PHEMCE.
The FDA is the lead agency charged with ensuring medical countermeasures are safe and effective. Other PHEMCE partners such as NIH can provide additional capability for clinical trials management or other support roles in evaluation of safety and performance. Online risk assessment is a great way of clearly identifying those drivers who need the most help and then targeting them with specific relevant training interventions.
Even more worrying is the fact that many employers dona€™t seem to realise that grey fleet drivers (those who use their own cars for business journeys rather than a company car) pose exactly the same risk.
Two of the dozens of video clips included in the Fleet21 Driver Risk Assessment tool covering all types of roads, and key issues such as hazard perception, blind spot awareness and anticipating other road users behaviour. Amber or medium risk drivers are usually struggling with skills or confidence in some key areas.
Environmental risk management parallels safety risk management and is based on the same philosophy and principles.
Based on the results of the risk assessment, the scout platoon leader makes decisions and develops measures to reduce significant environmental risks. The platoon leader must enforce environmental protection standards during supervision of all training activities. The argument that employers must put every member of staff through a full in-car driver training programme simply doesna€™t wash anymore. Drivers and managers often get rather cross when they feel they are being unfairly labelled as high risk simply because of their age or mileage, when a higher mileage driver could also quite legitimately be described as a more experienced driver.
First, a system administrator needs to be able to view the results and spot any higher risk drivers quickly and, secondly, those drivers identified as higher risk need to receive some kind of training intervention quickly that will help them improve their skills and reduce the risk they pose to themselves and other road users.
They integrate these measures into plans, orders, SOPs, training performance standards, and rehearsals.
The first step is to not over-think, over-analyze, or overly complicate the risk assessment process. If he or she determines that it is a Low Risk, High Frequency event, the IC must still remain vigilant in reducing risk. The risk impact is assigned a value from 0 (lowest risk) to 5 (highest risk) for each activity.
There are literally thousands of possibilities that might create risk for responders during emergencies, the secret is to anticipate these risks, by using your training and experience to judge whether those risks can be avoided, reduced, or accepted.


He enters those values in the appropriate columns, then adds them together for a total risk impact value of 11 for air pollution.
Steps should be taken to minimize or contain the risk from these threats or hazards to the extent possible through protected operations. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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. Hear details on how the plans were made and what went into the new hospital equipped with operating rooms, ER beds as well as X-rays. Selected events will be presented in quasi-chronological order and described with photos, maps, and loops of satellite and radar data.
This program will discuss factors commonlya€”and uncommonlya€”seen in handling tornado claims, and what to watch out for in making sure the claims are properly handled.
During this session we will hear details from nearly 100 surveys collected and highlight personal stories from during and after these tornado events. Also discussed will be the key components of a strong disaster recovery and business continuity plan. This presentation will outline the steps taken by OU after the May 2013 tornados and how OU is addressing the problem of weather threats to its campus, specifically in extreme weather events like tornados and plans to spend 12 million dollars on building 3 tornado shelters on campus for residents. Learn to recognize even the most subtle differences in loss causes so you can make more confident claim decisions. This loss estimation model for tornadoes, hail, and straight line wind is of particular interest to the (re)insurance industry. In return, IDHS has assembled a team that is ready to assist quickly with monitoring and strategy implementation, and the agency is able to leverage the inherent knowledge of students have with continually evolving social media.
Responders, upon first contact can quickly provide this assistance to survivors.A  Pre event training to responders can prepare them to assist survivors as well as recognize and manage traumatic stress in themselves.
Ernst Kiesling of Texas Tech University will examine the commonalities and differences between each as well as quality control efforts being discussed by National Storm Shelter Association, States and FEMA regions. Core HHS members are the Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease  (NIAID) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The CDC leads the procurement and maintenance of commercially available medical countermeasures for stockpiling in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).
But while he might conform to the national stereotype of a high risk driver, leta€™s look a little deeper.
So to summarise, an online driver risk assessment and tailored e-learning programme is a much more proactive and cost effective way of helping you cover your duty of care obligations, and to reach and engage all your employees, not just a minority, helping them to adopt safer driving practices which will stick with them. To use the environmental risk assessment worksheet (see Figure E-1) for a specific operation or training event, the scout platoon leader and subordinate leaders first determine the impact level for each of five operational factors. Individual driver assessment allows a company to build an audit trail on each employee, identify those drivers that are higher risk and then target appropriate further intervention to each individual driver where needed.
Two reasons: First, as you will already know, your employer duty of care obligations require you to take all reasonable steps to identify and minimise risk. Green or low risk drivers usually dona€™t require any further intervention beyond some low level e-learning, unless other information is available which might lead you to question their ability on the road. The leaders determine which of the five operational activities will affect each critical area and enter the corresponding risk impact value. In many cases, this can be achieved with an online driver education or e-learning package, with in-car driver training only used when it is most needed, and the trainer having access to the assessment report to ensure the training is as effective as possible. A defensive operation is no excuse to relax the emphasis on the continued evaluation of risk, the fourth cornerstone of risk management.
Defensive operations may refer to situations where personnel are shielded or protected from threats or hazards where the risk is deemed too great and is outweighed by any benefit. 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. 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. 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.
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. In most cases you want to ensure voice traffic takes precedent over data or travels on a different network.
PaaS is great for firms creating or managing their own applications or looking for testing and development environments.
Given the national scope and responsibilities of the NWS Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK, high impact weather events are analyzed and forecast regularly. Key PHEMCE interagency partners include senior leadership from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. BARDA procures certain medical countermeasures for the SNS using the Special Reserve Fund (SRF) authorized under the Project BioShield Act of 2004. In talking to driver risk managers at organisations of all sizes, we often find that this is one of their major complaints about driver risk assessments. The second part of the worksheet allows leaders to assess the risk impact of the platoon's activities in seven critical areas of environmental concern. Video clips should be viewed as an essential part of any driver risk assessment as they provide a much clearer indication of how the driver will react in a given situation. E-learning may not be enough and the employer should consider in-car training with a professional trainer. As noted, the overall point total serves as an indicator of risk impact in four categories: low, medium, high, and extremely high. Second: identifying your high risk drivers and helping them become better drivers can pay huge dividends in reducing the costs associated with car crashes such as repair bills, increased insurance premiums and costly sick leave due to injury. This is the ultimate mission of the CTC, to provide incident managers with the training, repetition, and practice in making critical decisions in a simulated incident environment. 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.
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. Firms can no longer act in silos, but must share information with industry peers (including competitors) to protect the entire sector.
DoD and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs may also serve as needed in planning or executing stockpiling options.
Put simply, there are exceptions to every rule and, while holding information about your driversa€™ gender, age and annual mileage can be an essential part of your audit trial, if you want to determine whether a driver should be classed as high risk, you should base your assessment solely on that individual drivera€™s ability and attitude a€“ not simply assume they pose a particular level of risk because they fit a popular stereotype. The total of the risk impact values for the seven environmental areas is the overall risk impact value for the operation or exercise. This sounds reasonable enough, however, its value is extremely questionable as, in practice, most drivers will simply click on everything in sight, whether they think it is a hazard or not, so as to narrow the chances of them failing the assessment.
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. 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. 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 also describe the advances in wind engineering and the wealth of new data from recent events (including the 2013 Moore tornado) which formed the basis for the enhancements to modeling vulnerability of structures to thunderstorms.
In addition to these Federal agencies, the PHEMCE works closely with a variety of non-Federal partners including State, local, tribal and territorial governments, public health systems, academia, private industry, and ultimately the American people.
The worksheet also lists the level at which environmental protection decisions are made for each risk impact category.
Finally, we will discuss how the model has been validated using insurance industry losses and insurance company claims experience.
Just as in Phase I, the initial arriving company officer will be immediately tasked with taking command and managing risks associated with the incident.
As we learned in Module 2, Risk Management, one of the most important, immediate tasks of the incident commander will be to assess the level of risk in the situation and whether that risk is acceptable. A major commercial structure fire may fall into the category of High Risk, Low Frequency This is an event where we encounter high risk and typically dedicate many hours of training in preparation, but do not get enough actual experience. The IC must assess whether the situation is High Risk and Low Frequency - these are the most dangerous for responders and in this case, the IC must be cautious with operational strategies, objectives, and personnel.
Offensive operations can also refer to non-fire situations where personnel will be exposed to a threat or hazard based on a comprehensive risk benefit analysis. Simply put, an Offensive strategy exposes responders to a greater risk than a Defensive strategy.
Simon Turner of Fleet21 looks at the daunting task of working out which of your drivers are high risk, and then deciding what to do with that information.



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