asset protection

SEC Proposes Changes to Adviser Custody Rule

On February 15, 2023, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed an enhanced safeguarding rule for registered investment advisers (RIAs) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. The proposal would require RIAs to implement certain additional measures to protect their clients’ assets from theft or misuse. Additionally, to combat the growing concerns around cryptocurrency and to modernize the Advisers Act, the SEC proposal would expand protection to all assets, not just funds or securities.

New SEC Report Cautions Public Companies to Safeguard Assets From Cyber Fraud

In the age of digitization, data seems less secure than ever. Public companies constantly attempt to safeguard both personal and financial data, yet their efforts fail due to new outbreaks of malicious encryption viruses and persistent email phishing attempts. Data breaches and cyber fraud carry severe financial implications for public companies who fall victim to these types of attacks. But a new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) report says that public companies that are easy targets of cyber scams could also be in violation of federal securities laws and accounting regulations that call for firms to safeguard their assets. Although the SEC has issued its warning to public companies about the compliance and financial risks posed by cyber fraud, many companies are still struggling to implement effective protections against newly-evolved forms of cyber-attacks.