SEC / NFA / FINRA Registrants must comply with critical cybersecurity regulatory requirements—or face regulatory or possibly even civil penalties.

In this complex world, criminals and nation states continue to search for weaknesses and prey upon the financial industry.

To help mitigate these risks of attack and address your compliance needs, BW Cyber Services provides turn-key cyber audit and cyber regulatory compliance services.

UPDATES

BW Cyber Services in the Press:
ThinkAdvisor.com: Organized Crime Has Gone Online and Hackers Are Looking at You

BW Cyber Services Joins BasisCode Advisory Council:
The advisory council will provide independent guidance and industry insights that reflect ongoing changes in the regulatory environment. Learn more…

BW Cyber Services Featured on Asset TV:
Watch Michael Brice, interviewed on Asset TV…

BLOGS & WEBINARS

BW Cyber Services / TruShield:
Guest Blog
 on SEC, FINRA, and NFA cybersecurity compliance requirements for TruShield

BW Cyber Services / BasisCode:
Guest Blog on Penetration Testing for BasisCode

BW Cyber Services / NSCP Webinar:
BW Cyber Services supports the NSCP: “Navigating Indemnities & Insurance Options”

Cybersecurity Regulations & Operational Benefits of Penetration Testing & Vulnerability Assessments:
Founder Michael Brice explains regulatory requirements, critical benefits of this crucial testing

BW Cyber Services Cybersecurity Insurance Webinar:
Understanding Cybersecurity Insurance in the Financial Services Industry: Secrets You Need to Know

 

Past Updates

BW Cyber Services presents at Global Fund Forum 2016
Michael Brice to lead a table at Table Talks on 10/25th at the Global Fund Forum 2016 in Bermuda”. Watch the interview on Asset TV…

BW Cyber Services at NYSSA’s Emerging Manager Forum
Michael Brice to provide cybersecurity closing remarks at NYSSA’s Emerging Manager Forum on 10/3 in NYC.

CFTC releases guidance of Cybersecurity Control Testing
On Sept 8, 2016 the CFTC released Final Rules related to cybersecurity control testing. Specifically, these “Final Rules” enhance and clarify existing requirements relating to cybersecurity testing and system safeguards risk analysis by, among other things, specifying and defining five types of cybersecurity testing essential to a sound system safeguards program. The five types of testing include (1) vulnerability testing, (2) penetration testing, (3) controls testing, (4) security incident response plan testing, and (5) enterprise technology risk assessment.

BW Cyber Services partners with TruShield
TruShield Security Solutions to provide 24/7 managed security services to all BW Cyber Services’ clients. Read the press release…

Published 5/12/16: NIBA article
NYC Conference Follow Up: Attaining a Viable Cyber Security Program at a Reasonable Price by Michael Brice. Read the article at theNIBA.com

4/20/16: Panelist: “Cyber Security Compliance”
Michael Brice in NYC on April 20, at the National Introducing Brokers Association (NIBA) conference.

4/19/16: Panelist: Demystifying Your Cyber Security Program
Michael Brice in NYC on April 19, at a Peltz International event, co-sponsoring: Cybersecurity Issues—Demystifying Your Cyber Security Program.

Published 3/29/16: FuturesMag.com
NFA Cyber ISSP Mandate Has Arrived by Michael Brice. Read the article at FuturesMag.com

Our approach to this demanding new world: “Complexity Simplified”

Regulatory Complexity

  • SEC/NFA/FINRA guidance
  • Overview of cyber security landscape
  • NIST framework and supporting IT controls
  • Risk analysis and prioritization of threats
  • Cyber security training
  • Third-party risk assessment
  • Incident management playbook

BW Simplicity

  • Perform cyber audit of your “As-Is” IT environment based on industry standard controls
  • Identify and prioritize threats to your organization
  • Teach your team how to identify and address critical third-party risks
  • Provide follow-on support to further remediate cyber risks

Our
Services

“BW Cyber Services has deep knowledge and expertise in both managed funds and cyber security.

Their ISSP process was efficient and seamless. And the operational value they provided far exceeded the initial compliance needs.”

BOB DOHERTY

CEO, Doherty Advisors

“BW Cyber Services has a process and product that not only addressed my compliance concern, but gave me real world solutions, that I can implement, to reduce the risks associated with cyber threats.

They took a complex subject and translated it to actionable items for remediation in an cost effective, efficient and understandable way.”

TIMOTHY BRADLEY

President, Dynamic Trading Management

Penetration and Vulnerability Testing 
This custom-tailored penetration test and supporting vulnerability assessment is specifically targeted for the small- to medium- size NFA/SEC regulated client facing current and anticipated financial industry threats. Completed within 24 hours, this streamlined testing process perfectly complements our ISSP offering while providing exceptional operational value.

Compromise Assessment
Compromise Testing is offered as a follow-up to our Penetration and Vulnerability Assessment and is used to determine if your organization is/or has been recently compromised.

Cyber Due Diligence
We develop a Cyber Due Diligence Response document that dovetails with your ISSP. Without disclosing any critical information, this document will demonstrate to potential investors how your organization’s cyber security plan and related cyber implementation activities have been implemented in the form of a continuous cyber security improvement program.

Managed Security Services
Our turnkey Managed Security Service Plan provides world-class cyber security support and monitoring at a cost that is extremely reasonable for the small- to mid-sized NFA/SEC member. This is a unique capability offered by BW Cyber Services that is unmatched in the industry.

Cyber Incident and Response Management Planning
Inherent within our cyber audit, BW Cyber Services provides an initial Incident and Response Management Plan. Moreover, for some of our larger customers we provide a more strategic document and supporting processes related to explicit, predetermined coordination with external entities such as law enforcement, on-demand forensic support, public relationships, and other strategic partnerships.

Forensics 
We possess the expertise to provide immediate, on-demand forensic support in all cyber breaches. We quickly identify what happened, how it happened and when the breach occurred. This is an area where our deep technical expertise and strong industry experience (e.g., coordination with law enforcement) are critical to success.

Cyber Security Insurance
While BW Cyber Services is not an insurer, we do understand the intricacies of cyber security insurance and bring a network of strong cyber insurance partnerships to our customers.

Specialized Cyber Legal Services
We have a strong relationship with a leading cyber law firm that is ready to meet with you or support your unique cyber legal needs at a moment’s notice.

Enterprise Risk Assessment (ERA)
In a world exemplified by the loss of critical client data, ERA for the legal industry has become our flagship. With the release of the “Panama Papers”, the risks associated with a cyber breach can no longer be ignored.

BW Cyber Services addresses this very critical need using a systemic approach to evaluate all of your firm’s security controls against know vulnerabilities and threats. Once we have captured your threat and vulnerability profile, we outline a roadmap of proven mitigation tools and techniques to immediately improve your overall security posture.

Penetration and Vulnerability Testing
This custom-tailored penetration test and supporting vulnerability assessment is specifically tailored for law firms facing current and anticipated cybersecurity and related industry espionage threats. Completed within 1–3 days, this streamlined testing process perfectly complements our ERA offering while providing exceptional operational value.

Compromise Assessment
Compromise Testing is offered as a follow-up to our Penetration and Vulnerability Assessment and is used to determine if your organization is/or has been recently compromised. It is a critical tool for any organization that believes it may already have been compromised.

Managed Security Services
Our turnkey Managed Security Service Plan provides world-class cyber security support and monitoring at a cost that is extremely reasonable for the small-to mid-sized law firms. This is a unique capability offered by BW Cyber Services that is unmatched in the industry.

Cyber Incident and Response Management Planning
If desired, BW Cyber Services will work with your organization to develop an Incident and Response Management Plan. For our larger customers, we have expanded this service to include supporting processes related to explicit, predetermined coordination with external entities such as law enforcement, on-demand forensic support, public relationships, and other strategic partnerships.

Forensics
We possess the expertise to provide immediate, on-demand forensic support in all cyber breaches. We quickly identify what happened, how it happened and when the breach occurred. This is an area where our deep technical expertise and strong industry experience (e.g., coordination with law enforcement) are critical to success.

Cyber Security Insurance
While BW Cyber Services is not an insurer, we do understand the intricacies of cyber security insurance and bring a network of strong cyber insurance partnerships to our customers.

Meet Michael Brice and Anton Webre.

Founders of the cyber security consultancy that delivers customized IT services to NFA and SEC members.

“As a rapidly growing systematic trader in which our technology is critical to our core operations, we found that BW Cyber Services provided exceptional value to PlusPlus in terms of regulatory compliance AND real-world cyber risk mitigation. Their process not only helped to assess and address our technology risks, it also provided us the basis for our cybersecurity risk management program to meet our client’s demanding security expectations now and into the future.” MURAT UNLUER

Managing Partner, PlusPlus Capital Management

Anton Webre

Anton Webre

FOUNDER

Anton brings almost 30 years experience in all facets of the managed futures industry. Anton began his career in 1988 working for Merrill Lynch on the floor of NYMEX, and was a member ’89 to ’93.

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In 1994, Anton moved to New Zealand where he worked for Ord Minnett Jardine Fleming, dealing with both institutional and retail brokerage futures, physical and foreign exchange. Anton co-founded and was head trader of Darwinian Trading, a CTA and CPO. He also co-founded Managed Fund Solutions, an automated back- and middle-office software firm servicing the managed futures space. Anton holds the Series 3 and Series 30 Licenses.

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Michael Brice

Michael Brice

FOUNDER

Michael has more than 28 years providing technology, security, and related cybersecurity consulting solutions for multiple industries, including deep commercial and military experience in the financial services industry as well as classified government operations.

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After graduating from college he served as an officer in the US Marine Corps where he received specialized training by the National Security Agency in Signals Intelligence. Upon departure from the military, he has held executive positions leading IT strategy and related enterprise software services for blue chip consultancies and publicly traded corporations including: Principal at Booz-Allen, Partner for Unisys, Sr. Director at Infor, and Chief Information Officer at the Industrial Distribution Group, Inc. As the co-founder of BW Cyber Services, Michael has provided cyber-consulting support to multiple small-to medium-size NFA & SEC Members as well as one of the world’s largest hedge funds.

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Our Supporting Consultants & Advisors

LESTER THOMPSON: (CISSP, CITP, MBCS, PMP) Identity & Access Management

Cyber Security Architect with expertise in Identify and Access Management:

  • Expertise leading and delivering Privileged Access Management solutions.
  • Data protection assessments making recommendations for protection controls.
  • System health-checks reviewing system architectures and recommending changes to improve performance and security.
  • Identity and Access Management projects with onshore and offshore teams, responsible for the design, architecture and delivery of Enterprise and Federated identity solutions.
ERIC R. GOLBERG: Alternative Investment Portfolio Manager with Focus on Cybersecurity Due Diligence

Alternative investment portfolio manager (to include multi-manager portfolios) w/expertise in cybersecurity due diligence:

  • Alternative investment cybersecurity due diligence from the investor and manager perspective with a particular experience in hedge fund and commodity trading advisors
  • Manager sourcing, due diligence, selection and portfolio construction
  • Investing via managed accounts and fund structures
RICH BROWN: Behavior Analytics

Experience in the hedge fund market developing advanced IT and related security programs to address risks across the physical, cyber, and insider threat domains:

  • Pilot projects to identify various security issues including data exfiltration, highly privileged access abuse, and anomalous network activities as well as insider threat detection
  • Development and prioritization of requirements for enterprise security initiatives that include:
    – End Point Protection and forensic analysis capabilities
    – Network Access Control implementation
    – End user analytics
ARVE KJOELEN: Special Advisor: (CISM) Third-Party Risk Management & Technical Controls

Financial Services background managing security and developing cybersecurity solutions:

  • Arve has more than 20 years’ Big 4 consulting experience in cyber security — both inside the Brokerage and Hedge Fund Industry
  • Broad experience providing extensive cyber security assessments, architecture and related IT control implementation work
  • Specialization in cyber threats, third-party risk management, and cybersecurity technical countermeasures
KENNETH LERMAN: (CISA) Cyber Risk Management & Control Analysis


Deep experience in diversified Financial Services Disciplines — Broker/Dealer, Custody and Fund Accounting, Clearance, Retail Banking, and Insurance:

  • Cybersecurity Risk and Control Expertise — IT Governance, Information Security, Third Party Risk Management, Application and Infrastructure Assessment, Secure Code Development
  • Legal/Regulatory/Standards — NFA & SEC (cybersecurity Interpretive Notices and Rules), Federal (HIPAA, SOX, FFIEC), Third Party (PCI, COBIT, ISO, ITIL), Government (NIST)
JACK P. HEALEY: (CPA/CFF, CFE) Cyber Security Auditor, Crisis Management & Breach Coach, Fraud Analyst

jack-healey-blueCyber Security, Crisis Management, Breach Coach, Fraud and Forensic Expert:

  • Operational, financial and organizational crisis management, strategies and tactics.  He is a leader in Cyber Incident Response strategies and tactics and has consulted Fortune 50 as well as small companies on the preparation, identification, remediation and recovery from Cyber Incidents.
  • Cyber Incident Response Plan development, hands on cyber scenario testing, after action report protocols, security team assessment and team augmentation.
  • Dynamic interactive workshop on need for cyber preparedness and why “Cyber Security and Cyber Hygiene is a business issue, not an IT issue.”
MIKE WHISENANT: Advanced Technology Implementation & Cloud Security Services

Advanced Technology Implementation & Cloud Security Services:

  • Mike has more than 22 years providing advanced technology and cybersecurity consulting solutions.  He carries deep experience in diversified Infrastructure Services Disciplines with a focus on I.T. Service Providers and Retail Banking
  • Mike specializes in infrastructure assessments and implementations with a deep understanding of “Cloud” and IAAS solutions delivered in highly secured environments that include AWS, Azure, and and other alternative cloud environments.

Contact Us Today to Schedule Your FREE Consultation:

Call Us: (703) 675-2242

245 Main Street, Suite 440, White Plains, NY 10601

Offices in White Plains, NY and Richmond, VA. New offices planned for Washington, DC and Chicago, IL.

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