Cybersecurity Challenges Hedge Funds and Private Equity Firms Face
Many businesses struggle with staying one step ahead of hackers, and alternative investment entities are no exception. Due to the nature of the hedge fund and private equity businesses, these firms must overcome a set of cybersecurity obstacles unique to their industry. Here are just a few examples of the challenges hedge funds and private equity firms face.
Lucrative Phishing Targets
It’s no secret that these firms serve high-net-work clients. Cybercriminals are aware of this fact and becoming more inventive with their phishing scams. It’s increasingly difficult to tell the difference between an email from a legitimate source and an imposter.
Higher Breach Consequences
A data breach can result in more than investors losing substantial sums. Any negative cybersecurity news can damage a firm’s reputation, erode trust, and cause current and prospective clients to look for another company to manage their money.
More Personal Threats
Criminals are expanding the scope of their attacks by using social media to learn more about their targets and even their family and friends. They’re becoming more adept at exploiting this information to their advantage.
As hackers become more sophisticated, they find additional ways to disrupt a hedge fund or private equity firm’s business operations. They also have the resources and knowledge to evade security controls, allowing them to target more firms.
Cybercriminals aren’t just looking to steal funds in an account. They’re likely to sell the victim’s financial and personal data on the dark web, which exposes information to others who may use it for illegal purposes.
Investors want to know that firms are doing everything possible to safeguard their money. They’re requiring firms to provide more information regarding their cybersecurity protocols.
As data breaches become more pervasive, agencies that regulate the financial services industry are raising the private equity and hedge fund cybersecurity bar. The expectation is that firms implement tighter controls, including notifying clients of any breaches involving personally identifiable information.
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