With remote work the new normal, cybercriminals are taking advantage of what is likely the most target-rich environment they will ever experience. IT professionals are working overtime to thwart attacks and ensure that companies keep client data and proprietary information secure. During this period of heightened risk, there are simple, as well as complex, measures that firms need to take to keep themselves safe. One of the simplest and most easily deployable security measures is establishing a robust password policy.
One of the most significant trends in business over the past 15 years has been the rising number of Americans working remotely. According to Flexjobs.com, the number of employees based outside the office increased by 159% between 2005 and 2017, and today close to 5 million U.S. employees work remotely. Many factors make this an attractive option for companies, particularly the benefit that comes through cost savings. However, the capacity for employees to work remotely is also critical in terms of business resilience and is a vital part of any business continuity plan. The current Coronavirus epidemic has made this abundantly clear as firms respond to rising infection rates by asking employees to work from home.
Across the financial services landscape, competition is intense, margins are being compressed, and regulatory pressures abound. Managers understand that how they meet these challenges will determine their futures. Firms of every type, from hedge funds and investment managers to pension funds and insurance companies, are looking for ways to reduce costs while increasing efficiency and mitigating risk. As part of this effort, firms are increasingly moving toward outsourcing post-trade activities. Reconciliations, settlements, and confirmations can all be handled by a third-party provider, as well as KYC/AML, reporting, and reference data management. However, there are several factors to consider when choosing to outsource.
Brokers and asset managers alike must provide best execution to their clients, and a big part of best execution is transparency – in process, practice and performance. In fast-moving markets, there are ample opportunities for mistakes to occur, no matter how skilled the trading desk. During post-trade processing, when buyers and sellers match the details of orders, change the record of ownership and make/accept payment for securities, quality execution ensures that these tasks are carried out efficiently, accurately and transparently.