Wavelength Podcast Ep. 192: Security and BCP Challenges in a Pandemic

RFA’s George Ralph joins the podcast to discuss challenges around vendor due diligence during the pandemic.

Wei-Shen Wong, Asia Editor, and Anthony Malakian, Editor-in-Chief of WatersTechnology, record a weekly podcast touching on the biggest stories in financial technology.

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This week, George Ralph, managing director of RFA, a cloud and cybersecurity provider to the alternative investment sector, joins Wei-Shen on the podcast. He talks about some security challenges the Covid-19 situation has brought about, and how firms should be tackling them. Then, they discuss how the approach to BCP planning will change in the future, and some “quick fixes” firms can put in place to help prevent insider threats. 


1:30 – Tony and Wei-Shen delve into M&A activity in the ESG space, following Morningstar’s acquisition of SustainAnalytics. How do the E, S, and G parts help firms understand the ripple effects of Covid-19?
15:30 – George joins the podcast on his birthday no less, and talks about some of the security challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has brought. And how IT teams and firms had to change their working models.
19: 30 – Then, they discuss BCP plans and how firms have to tweak them to fit the current situation, particularly for longer-term remote access. 
27:00 – How are firms dealing with the insider threat risk? What processes and training can they put in place to prevent these risks? 
32:30 – George talks about the importance of data flow, and addresses some quick fixes available. 
34:30 – Are there security concerns when critical operating system updates can only be done on-site? 
39:30 – How are firms dealing with concerns of migrating more critical workloads and data onto the cloud? 
45:30 – Looking at a post-virus situation, George talks about how the approach to BCP will change. 
48:30 – He wraps up by discussing RFA’s plans going forward.


Contact Info: 

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Wei-Shen Wong: + 852 3411 4758;  wei-shen.wong@infopro-digital.com

Anthony Malakian: + 1 646 490 3973; anthony.malakian@infopro-digital.com

Past 10 episodes:

Episode 182: Third-Party Resiliency & Regulatory Pressure

Episode 183: Transforming the Workforce

Episode 184: Broadridge’s Mark Schlesinger

Episode 185: Gamer Tech & Data Mining

Episode 186: NLP and Transformer Models

Episode 187: Digital Asset on Blockchain Issues

Episode 188: OpenFin’s Mazy Dar Talks Interoperability

Episode 189: Coronavirus & the Asset Management Landscape

Episode 190: Itiviti’s Gefen on Covid Lessons & SSEOMS Migration

Episode 191: Vendor Due Diligence During the Pandemic

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