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Why is the reporting of non-financial information and the management of non-financial risk becoming so important to investors?...Yet the video of a man being beaten and dragged off his flight highlights a more serious information security risk

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TechTalk Blog: U.S. SEC To Pay More Attention to Cyber Risk Controls and Disclosures... Finally!

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is " on the lookout for violations such as poor risk controls or lax disclosures relating to hacking and other cyber breaches ."

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TechTalk Blog: No More Mr. Nice Guy – Cybersecurity Attacks Explode

This is an inaugural report from AT&T – they did it to “enforce an action plan to ensure there’s a consistent risk assessment process in place, better understand what data is leaving your company and why you might be a target for an attack, ensure clear understanding of which board committee is responsible for security, and determine if your security team has necessary resources to protect against a breach.” With the downside risks including loss of reputation and brand equity in addition to the information itself – in my mind, HUGE risks to your future viability as a profitable, successful organization – it is mindboggling to me to also read that 75% of organizations do NOT involve their boards in oversight of cybersecurity as a material risk to the entity

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TechTalk Blog - European Financial Transparency Gateway Construction Moves Forward For Better EU Public Company Disclosures to Help Global Investors

Considering the risks associated with the digital assets transactions and the appropriateness of the regulatory framework, the European Commission will assess, by the fourth quarter of 2018, at what extend a regulatory action on an EU level is necessary. In this context, last month the European Supervisory Agencies – EBA, ESMA and EIOPA – issued a coordinated warning to the consumers about the high risk of investment in virtual currencies associated with uncertainty in the regulation and their extreme volatility.3 This notification followed the alerts issued in November 2017 by ESMA to investors concerning the high risk of investing in ICOs and on the rules applicable to firms involved in ICOs.4 Additional aspects to consider when analysing digital assets include the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entering into force in May 2018,5 the eIDAS Regulation6 and the recent proposal to extend the scope of the Anti-Money Laundering Directive to virtual currency exchanges and wallet providers.7 Finally, a further step forward in the regulation of digital assets and ICOs was taken outside the EU with the publication of the ICO Guidelines by FINMA (the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority) on February 16, 2018. The document complements the FINMA Guidance 04/2017 and provides further information and clarification on how the authority aims to employ the financial markets legislation by dealing with ICO organisers.8 Footnotes 1) FinTech Action Plan: For a more competitive and innovative European financial sector 2) Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European Crowdfunding Service Providers (ECSP) for Business 3) ESMA, EBA and EIOPA warn consumers on the risks of Virtual Currencies 4) ESMA Highlights ICO Risks for Investors and Firms 5) Regulation (EU) No. 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) 6) Regulation (EU) No. 910/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market and repealing Directive 1999/93/EC 7) Directive (EU) No. 2015/849 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering and terrorist financing 8) FINMA publishes ICO guidelines Information about the use of XBRL for better access to financial and non-financial data for global investors: The European Financial Transparency Gateway, is a proof of concept index for financial reporting being developed by the European Commission’s DG FISMA

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TechTalk Blog - US GAO Issues Report on State of Climate/ Non Financial Disclosures in the United States & US SEC Efforts to Monitor & Enforce to Protect Investors

"The federal government has not undertaken strategic government-wide planning to manage climate risks by using information on the potential economic effects of climate change to identify significant risks and craft appropriate federal responses," the study said. "By using such information, the federal government could take the initial step in establishing government-wide priorities to manage such risks."

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TechTalk Blog - As Proxy Season Starts US Companies & Banks Begin to Disclosure Non-Financial Data to the Capital Markets as a Best Practice

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, recently sent “open letters” to 120 companies in the energy, transportation and industrial sectors urging improved disclosure of “’material climate risk inherent in their business operations’” in accordance with the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)