SEC Cyber Unit: The First Six Months & What Lies Ahead
March 30, 2018
In September 2017, the SEC announced the creation of a new Cyber Unit within the Enforcement Division.
Commenting on the launch of the new unit, Enforcement Division Co-Director Stephanie Avakian described “[c]yber-related threats and misconduct” as “among the greatest risks facing investors and the securities industry.” This alert memorandum takes stock of the SEC’s cyber enforcement actions since the Cyber Unit was formed as well as other recent SEC enforcement actions, guidelines, and public comments that shed light on potential future SEC cyber-enforcement in areas such as insider trading, cryptocurrencies and ICOs, cyber-related disclosures and policies, and cybersecurity safeguards.
This Alert Memo was republished by Law360 on April 2, 2018.