The Misnomer about Cyber

When investment advisers use the cloud, they are making a conscious, informed decision to outsource tasks to vendors who may have particular expertise or infrastructure in place to handle such tasks. From hosted email archiving to compliance reporting, and from hosted backups to client communication portals, moving data to the cloud can help many firms address business needs while enabling them to focus more on their core business – providing investment advice. However, the Securities and Exchange Commission has made it clear that while financial professionals can outsource processes, they cannot delegate the ultimate responsibility for the performance of those functions. After all, it is the investment adviser who is in the trusted position of a fiduciary with respect to the adviser’s clients.

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