Centennial State Sets Cybersecurity Example

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  • July 26, 2017

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New regulations in Colorado set ‘commodity security’ apart from robust cybersecurity practices

Justin Kapahi, vice president of solutions and security at External IT, is excited about a new set of cybersecurity regulations for financial institutions that were recently passed in Colorado.

The Colorado Division of Securities published final rules in mid-May that compel broker-dealers and investment advisors to establish and maintain written cybersecurity procedures designed to protect clients’ personal confidential information. Those procedures include using secure emails that employ encryption and multifactor authentication practices for employees to access databases, among other things.

Kapahi believes these rules will go a long way toward helping financial advisory firms in Colorado understand how best to protect themselves from hackers. Even if most firms in this industry have in place what Kapahi calls “commodity security” (firewalls and anti-virus protection, for example), many are not truly equipped to counter “socially engineered threats” like spam emails that look innocuous but can result in major database breaches.