The SEC Cyber Unit's First 6 Months, And What's Ahead

By Jonathan Kolodner, Matthew Solomon, Rahul Mukhi and Anne Titus Hilby (April 2, 2018, 12:33 PM EDT) -- On Sept. 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced the creation of a cyber unit within the enforcement division in order to further the division's "substantial expertise in the detection and pursuit of fraudulent conduct in an increasingly technological and data-driven landscape."[1] 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."[2]

In the six months since the cyber unit was launched, cybersecurity has remained at the forefront of the SEC's priorities, repeatedly highlighted as a focus of senior SEC ...

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