Apr 19, 2021

VGS and Quo to discuss integrating compliance with fintech

VGS
Quo
Compliance
Fintech
William Girling
2 min
In a forthcoming live webinar exclusive with FinTech Magazine, VGS and Quo will explore the difficulty surrounding compliance’s integration with fintech
In a forthcoming live webinar exclusive with FinTech Magazine, VGS and Quo will explore the difficulty surrounding compliance’s integration with finte...

Taking place on 6 May at 10am PT/1pm ET, the event will feature Very Good Security’s (VGS) VP of Business Development & Strategy, Peter Berg, as well as guest speaker Tucker Haas from Quo Finance.

The session’s title - ‘Grow your business by offloading security and compliance’ - provides an indication of compliance’s value in modern finance. Indeed, in the wake of the pandemic’s acceleration of digital transformation, the rapid adoption of digital tech across the business spectrum has made it one of the most important industry trends of recent times.

While fintechs might previously have avoided the issue by stating “We are not financial institutions,” the regulatory line between them and incumbents is becoming gradually less defined, and companies must be prepared.

Furthermore, the need for greater security can be observed among FSIs generally as well as more tech/software-focused players, particularly in the shift towards embracing flexi-working.

As technology continues to evolve faster than the regulatory frameworks designed to ensure compliance, companies will need to seek out partnerships with security experts to keep their business protected in the long-term.

VGS and Quo will discuss the pain points of implementing compliance in fintech app development, how to defend data and reassure customers about its protection, dispense practical advice for fintechs just getting started, and share exciting innovations in the sector.

Want to find out more? Register for the webinar here.

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Jun 17, 2021

Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT

HOOPP
Checkpoint
3 min
Erez Yarkoni, Global VP, explains how a three-way partnership between Check Point, HOOPP, and Microsoft is yielding optimum cloud security

Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.

“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.

Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:

  • Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
  • CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
  • Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data

 

However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”

In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies. 

The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help. 

“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”

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