Common quick-fix IT problems at RIA firms

Common quick-fix IT problems at RIA firms

As a registered investment advisor (RIA), you rely on your computer systems to do your job effectively and efficiently. But what happens when something goes wrong? From printing problems to data syncing errors, day-to-day IT issues can throw a wrench into your workflow. We work mostly with RIAs with between 5 and 25 people, and […]

The best endpoint security for your RIA: Gartner’s top 6 solutions reviewed

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What is an endpoint? An endpoint is any device that connects and can exchange information with your RIA’s network. It includes all the computers, phones, tablets, you might expect, but internet-of-things like smart speakers or thermostats are also endpoints.  The prevalence of remote and hybrid work has made endpoint security more important than ever because […]

5 Reasons to move away from text message authentication for multi-factor authentication

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As a registered investment advisor (RIA) or financial advisor, you are always looking for ways to better secure your clients’ data. One specific way is by using multi-factor authentication or, as it’s sometimes called, two-step verification. This adds an extra layer of account security by requiring not just a password, but also a second factor, […]

Smarsh vs. Global Relay vs. Microsoft: Which is the superior eDiscovery solution?

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There are a number of eDiscovery solutions that come with robust search and filtering capabilities, but the most commonly used by financial services firms are Smarsh, Global Relay, and Microsoft. Registered investment advisors (RIAs) and financial advisors like you need eDiscovery tools to automate and streamline the data review process, making it easy to find […]

Is Google Cloud SEC-compliant?

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Many registered investment advisors (RIAs) and financial advisors use the Google Cloud Platform for email and data storage. This is because Google’s services are often more secure and reliable than traditional on-premises solutions. But can RIA and financial advisory firms be certain that their communications and data in Google Cloud are safe and compliant with […]

Smarsh vs. Global Relay vs. Microsoft: What should your RIA use for email archiving?

Email archiving is a critical part of compliance for registered investment advisors (RIAs) and financial advisors like you. For one, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires that RIA and financial advisory firms preserve email communications for up to six years. The data must also be kept in a “write once, read many,” or WORM, […]

Microsoft Authenticator: Secure authentication for RIAs and financial advisors

Registered investment advisors (RIAs) and financial advisors like you are always looking for the best way to protect your online accounts and your clients’ data. You want to make sure that only authorized individuals can access confidential information, and that if someone tries to hack into any of your accounts, they won’t be able to […]

Migrating from AWS to Microsoft Azure: A guide for RIAs

A reliable cloud platform is essential to the success of any modern small- or mid-sized business. And while Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a popular choice for many businesses, Microsoft Azure is an equally excellent, if not better, option for Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) and financial advisors like you. You need a platform that’s productive, […]

RIA Cybersecurity Checklist: 29 Priorities to Secure Your Firm

Cybersecurity is more important than ever for RIA and financial advisory firms. We all rely on technology every day so we’re at continual risk of cybersecurity breaches. That’s why it’s important for RIAs and financial advisory firms to be especially diligent and keep their cybersecurity practices up to par. This 29-point cybersecurity checklist will help […]