Cybersecurity

Yan Huard

Yan Huard is director of risk, performance and technology at Richter in Montreal. At the time of writing, he was formerly chief of information security at Croesus, a Montreal-based information technology (IT) firm that offers sophisticated wealth-management solutions to financial services institutions across North America.

Read and follow your firm’s guidelines on social media use and take the necessary steps to protect yourself

  • September 20, 2017 November 17, 2019
  • 16:20

Although it’s costly to upgrade key IT systems, the costs of not doing so could be much greater

  • July 27, 2017 November 17, 2019
  • 05:00

Hacktivism, ideological insiders and intelligence gathering are key sources of cyberattacks threating financial services firms

  • May 25, 2017 November 17, 2019
  • 09:30

Now is the time to adopt a concerted cloud migration strategy because the security challenges associated with this technology will be on our radar screens for a long time

  • March 23, 2017 November 17, 2019
  • 06:00

Ransomware remains one of the biggest cybersecurity threats for financial advisors, their firms and clients

  • January 26, 2017 November 17, 2019
  • 06:00

As advisors are being asked about bitcoin increasingly, caution needs to be the watchword

  • November 27, 2016 November 17, 2019
  • 19:00

With firms and advisors susceptible to cyberattacks, they need to work together to address these increasing threats

  • September 22, 2016 November 17, 2019
  • 05:30

Financial advisors need to balance the way they transmit information with the importance of the data they are sending

  • July 28, 2016 November 17, 2019
  • 05:00

Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices’ capabilities have exploded in recent years, but security vulnerabilities are attracting unwanted attention from hackers

  • June 2, 2016 November 17, 2019
  • 05:00

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Cybersecurity

Yan Huard

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  • 16:20

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  • 05:00

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  • 09:30

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