Cybersecurity

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The role of AI and machine learning in cybersecurity

The role of AI and machine learning in cybersecurity

By George Ralph, RFA – The use of Artificial Intelligence is becoming decidedly commonplace. Wikipedia describes AI research as “the study of intelligent agents: any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximise its chance of success at some goal.” AI is often used interchangeably with Machine Learning, which is described as the subfield of computer science that, according to Arthur Samuel, gives "computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed."

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Seven steps to avoid a cyber-attack

Seven steps to avoid a cyber-attack

By George Ralph, RFA – We all know that cyber-attacks are not only more prevalent but they are increasing in ferocity, becoming ever more ambitious and overt. The latest culprits, Petya and WannaCry both used phishing attacks to spread malware through networks, and Petya rendered the user’s computer inoperable and gave hackers full access to the usernames and passwords stolen from the computer.

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Does cybersecurity utopia really exist?

Does cybersecurity utopia really exist?

By George Ralph, RFA – Imagine you’re the CTO of a successful hedge fund. You’re not big enough to have a dedicated CISO but you think you’re doing a pretty good job of securing your network. Your applications and databases are secure, you’ve just invested in a network intrusion detection system and some next generation firewalls.

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Compliance risk management for private equity & hedge funds

Compliance risk management for private equity & hedge funds

Running an alternative fund management business has become a far more considered, strategic affair in the light of significant regulatory changes post-08. One might compare it to the ultimate game of strategy, chess. To stay in compliance with AIFMD, Dodd-Frank, and the upcoming MiFID II and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in Europe, fund managers have to think two moves ahead, and ensure that they have their pawns in position. One wrong move and they run the risk of facing what might be best described as regulatory checkmate.

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Make time for risk management

Make time for risk management

By George Ralph (pictured), RFA​ - In these turbulent times, it sometimes feels like we need to be armour plated to protect ourselves against the relentless barrage of attacks against our families, our businesses, our economy and our political stability.