Cybersecurity - What You Need to Know

Jill Green |

The SEC and FINRA recently issued a warning to advisory firms of the increased risk of Russian cyberattacks. At Integrity, we have created a risk mitigation mindset, and because of this alert, we have adopted a heightened posture related to cybersecurity.

We place critical importance on managing cybersecurity risks. The following provides information on how we manage those risks to protect your money, information and wealth because protecting our clients is priority number one.

Our cybersecurity risk prevention program focuses on six primary areas outlined by the SEC:

  • Governance
  • Risk Management
  • Education and Awareness
  • Protection of Systems and Information
  • Assessment of Third-Party Vendors
  • Detection of Unauthorized Activity

Our team takes the following two steps on all disbursement instructions received via email:

  1. Contact client at the phone number we have on record to verbally verify the disbursement.
  2. Validate the specific bank instructions with the client including the account number.

Information on TD Ameritrade’s Policies and Procedures

  • TD Ameritrade will never send you an email requesting an account number, UserID, PIN, password, or other personal information.
  • Internally, access to your information is limited by a well-established computer security approach called “least privilege access” and is firewall controlled.
  • If TD Ameritrade detects suspicious activity in an account, they will block access to it until we call them to validate the account activity.
  • TD Ameritrade’s Asset Protection Guarantee protects our clients’ assets in case of unauthorized activity. If you lose cash or securities from your account due to unauthorized activity, TD Ameritrade will reimburse you for the cash or shares of securities you lost.
  • TD Ameritrade utilizes advanced firewalls to keep unauthorized parties from gaining access to your personal information, as well as anomaly detection and intrusion detection technology to alert them to unusual behavior in your account.

How You Can Help Us

  • Keep your personal identifying information and account information secure and confidential because sharing your UserID, password, PIN, account number or other standard means of authentication with other people means you authorize them to take action in your account.
  • Keep your contact information up to date with us, so that we can contact you in case of suspected fraud.
  • Review your accounts frequently and your statements promptly and report any suspicious or unauthorized activity to us immediately.
  • Familiarize yourself with threats posed by identity theft, phishing, stock spam, spyware, viruses, etc.

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If you have any questions regarding these policies, procedures, or programs, please contact us. We are always here for you.