Q3 Training Session

In a few isolated instances the current Q3 training session module (Worked Episode 10) shows incomplete progress due to an unresolved combination of browser/pop up settings. This glitch is being studied and addressed but for the time being, if it does occur, we will monitor and manually finish the session for those who show incomplete. This was done today but not before auto reminders to “finish the course” were sent. It will be done prior to going forward prior.

Advisor Armor now approved by FINRA

In addition to the multitude of other endorsements as the industry leader and pioneer in Cybersecurity Compliance for Independent Financial Professionals Advisor Armor is now approved by FINRA.

This email is to acknowledge that your compliance offering has been published
in the FINRA Compliance Vendor Directory (CVD) for the following
category/categories: Compliance Consulting, Cybersecurity

Advisor Armor is listed in the FINRA Compliance Vendor Directory.

If you have any questions, call the FINRA Call Center at 301-590-6500 or
email FINRA staff at
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Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Charity Scams

Just when you thought they couldn't stoop any lower! Scammers are posing as charities by creating fake websites to steal charitable donations meant for good causes.

In this week’s security tip learn how charity scams work and the steps that you can take to ensure your donation is going to the right place.

Watch this week's Security Tip by

Advisor Armor

VIDEO

Quick Tips

  • Stick with charities you know and trust.

  • Many reputable charities allow you to designate what you want your donation to support.

Q3 2019 Advisor Armor Training

2019’s third quarter training begins Monday, July 15th. This quarters training consists of topics related to working remotely, at home, and securing devices. A short quiz follows the exercises. Total time for all is 15 minutes and as a reminder you have until 9/15/19 to complete this. Reminders go out automatically to all every 15 days.

We will soon begin sending weekly status reports to all administrators.

And, just a reminder to keep your Learner Roster up to date in your dashboard and that whitelisting instructions are recommended to ensure delivery. They are here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IGBlDjlwifT58WeOMWsorhb_x0YWTWMRLjY5BHONfi4/edit

Thank you.

Monthly Security Newsletter

This month's topic:  Creating a Security-Forward Culture

Creating a culture of security aware individuals requires the participation of every employee, from executives to the front desk. We all will play a role in this culture and protecting sensitive information.

In this month’s newsletter, we examine the steps that everyone can take to improve culture and put security first in the workplace.



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Quick Tips

  • Take all trainings seriously as they are essential for maintaining a security aware culture.

  • Always report possible security incidents as soon as possible.

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Banking Scams

If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that protecting our hard earned money is a top priority. As financial institutions release new methods for us to access our accounts, new opportunities emerge for scammers to leverage.

In this week’s security tip video, learn more about this banking scam and how you can keep your money safe.

Watch this week's Security Tip by

Advisor Armor

VIDEO

Quick Tips

  • If you receive a confusing message or phone call, hang up or ignore it.

  • Do not respond to any requests for personal or financial information sent via email, text message or over the phone.

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Lost Smartphone Scam

Your smartphone is likely an integral part of your life. Not only is losing it an inconvenience, but it can also be a major security risk as well. New scams are emerging that take advantage of lost devices, which could put your sensitive information at risk.

In this week’s security tip video, learn about lost smartphone scams and the steps you can take to protect your information.

Watch this week's Security Tip by

Advisor Armor



VIDEO

Quick Tips

  • Make sure your phone has a startup password.

  • Use caution with links that you’re not expecting or seem suspicious.

Monthly Newsletter

This month's topic:  Good Device Hygiene

Like automobiles, buildings, and our own bodies, devices require a bit of maintenance. Ignoring simple actions, such as updating apps and deleting/organizing files, not only leads to degraded performance, it also invites security risks.

In this month’s newsletter, learn more about how you can protect your devices both at work and at home.



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Quick Tips

  • Consider implementing two-factor authentication on as many of your critical accounts as possible.

  • Install and use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when accessing any public WiFi networks.

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Erasing A Hard Drive

It may not happen often, but when it comes time to dispose of old electronic equipment, the process you take during disposal is critical. Improper disposal could lead to the exposure of sensitive company or personal information.

In this week’s security tip, learn some methods for properly erasing a hard drive during disposal.

Watch this week's Security Tip by

Advisor Armor

VIDEO LINK

Quick Tips

  • Failing to properly erase a hard drive risks exposing sensitive data that you thought was permanently deleted.

  • To make sure all old data is cleared, it is best to use a specific tool or software.

Redtail CRM data breach exposes personal client data

A data breach may have exposed personal client information that advisers store on Redtail Technology's client relationship management software, according to an email the fintech firm is sending to affected advisers.

The email, obtained by InvestmentNews, says the firm discovered on March 4 that its logging systems inadvertently captured a "small subset of the sensitive investor data" advisers keep on the CRM. The data were stored in a file that anyone on the internet could access.

Investor information in the file includes first and last names, physical addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.

Redtail said in the email that it removed access to the file and launched an investigation as soon as it learned about the exposed data. But it said that remediation has been delayed because of the nature of the data, the format in which it was maintained and the time it takes to consolidate and correlate with Redtail's databases.

Redtail had to build specific applications to determine which clients' data was exposed. The company is emailing affected investors and offering free access to LifeLock Defender Preferred, a credit and identity theft monitoring and remediation product from Symantec.

"Less than 1% of Redtail clients were affected by this data exposure," Redtail CEO Brian McLaughlin said in an emailed statement. "We are taking this matter very seriously and are doubling down on our efforts to ensure that our customers' data is safe and secure."

Mr. McLaughlin also clarified there was no intentional break-in of Redtail's systems by a third-party. "It was a temporary exposure which Redtail uncovered and corrected," he said.