Theta Lake Blog

Examining Recent Collaboration and Chat E-comms Compliance Guidance from ESMA, FCA, FINRA, SEC

Posted by Marc Gilman on Oct 19, 2021 10:20:23 AM

It’s clear that the flexibility regulators including ESMA, the FCA, FINRA, and the SEC offered financial services firms around the relatively unfettered use of modern collaboration and chat tools like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Webex by Cisco during the pandemic has come to an end.  No action relief issued at the outset of COVID-19 has expired, and regulatory missives in the second half of 2021 indicate a marked change of tone and expectations for firms using dynamic communication platforms.

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Topics: compliance, chat compliance, surveillance, monitoring, regulations, electronic communications

The Need to Modernize Information Barriers Compliance

Posted by Marc Gilman on Sep 1, 2021 9:15:00 AM

As enterprise communications technologies have evolved, the related challenge of managing business rules for groups permitted to use them and communicate with one another have become more complex. In financial services, business information barriers prohibit communications between specific groups to mitigate the risk of misuse of material non-public information (“MNPI”) to prevent market abuse and insider dealing. Information barriers requirements are spelled out in FINRA Rules 2241 and 2242, Section 204A of the Investment Advisers Act, in FCA’s SYSC 10.2 Rule as well as the SEC’s Exchange Act Section 15(g), which requires broker-dealers to:

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Topics: compliance, supervision, monitoring

Who’s going back to the office?

Posted by Stacey English on Aug 4, 2021 5:15:00 AM

It’s a straightforward question.  With a complex answer.

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Topics: compliance, data loss, monitoring, return to work

Supervision & surveillance: 10 tips to keep regulators and staff happy

Posted by Stacey English on Jul 28, 2021 4:30:00 AM

Financial services firms have long used technology to supervise the communications and activities of employees, to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and be able to detect issues such as market abuse, mis-selling or data privacy. It’s a key control for meeting regulatory obligations including MiFID II,  CFTC, FINRA, IIROC and GDPR and a standard feature of working in a regulated industry. Likewise data loss prevention tools are commonplace across businesses to reduce the risks of data loss and exposure.  All designed to protect consumers, employees, and shareholders.  

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Topics: compliance, data leakage, data loss, supervision, record-keeping, surveillance, monitoring

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Theta Lake provides security and compliance for modern collaboration platforms using frictionless partner integrations with Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams, RingCentral, Slack, Zoom, and more. Using patented machine learning and NLP, Theta Lake detects risks in: video, voice, chat, and document content across what is shared, shown, spoken, and typed. Those risks are surfaced in an AI-assisted, patent-pending review workspace that adds consistency, efficiency, and scale for security and compliance teams. All of this enables organizations to safely realize the full ROI of a collaboration-first workplace while reducing the cost of security and compliance.

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