This biannual report can be an important compliance resource. Reviewing this report can help firms determine if any compliance changes need to be implemented.
Data from the report shows that the average number of regulatory deficiencies per audit were up to 6.57 per exam. Part of the uptick can be attributed to the inclusion of cybersecurity as an area of examination. Headlines such as the Equifax breach are likely going to continue to drive the importance of protecting sensitive information. That said, books and Records, registrations and contracts continue to be the three examination areas with the most deficiencies.
Overall, deficiencies are 54% since 2015. Cybersecurity has been a major driver of this increase with 23% of firms have at least one cybersecurity based deficiency. As for actual cybersecurity deficiencies, inadequate cybersecurity insurance has been top of the list. The NASAA has released a new cybersecurity resource as well as an updated set of best practices.
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