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As markets grow more global and complex, so too are the threats through cyber intrusion, denial of service attacks, manipulation, misuse by insiders and other cyber misconduct. In the United States, aspects of cybersecurity are the responsibilities of multiple government agencies, including the SEC. Cybersecurity is also a responsibility of every market participant. The SEC is committed to working with federal and local partners, market participants and others to monitor developments and effectively respond to cyber threats.

GETTING IN THE KNOW

Investors increasingly rely on the internet to open investment accounts, check up on their holdings and make securities transactions. The SEC provides valuable guidance, including an Investor Alert and Investor Bulletin to help investors get in the know and protect themselves from cyber threats.

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KEEPING A WATCHFUL EYE

The SEC provides cybersecurity guidance to help broker-dealers, investment advisers, investment companies, exchanges, and other market participants protect their customers from cyber threats. The agency also keeps a watchful eye over market participants, including by making cybersecurity a priority of its National Exam Program.

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HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE

The SEC uses its civil law authority to bring cybersecurity-related enforcement actions that protect investors, hold bad actors accountable and deter future wrongdoing.

SEC Resources

Self Regulatory Organizations

Regulation SCI

SEC Cybersecurity Roundtable

External Resources

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DID YOU KNOW?

The SEC Division of Enforcement’s IT Forensics Lab hosts a highly specialized team of forensic analysts to assist in digital investigations, including cyber investigations.

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