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Strategy

Our comprehensive, front-to-end solution identifies, assesses and addresses evolving Cybersecurity risks and their threats through a streamlined, multi-faceted approach encompassing Technology, Governance and Education.

Technology

Innovation happens at light speed. We need to be faster. Built upon a 30-year history of Technology and IT Advisory Services, the Align Cybersecurity™ ethos is steeped in technology. We have developed and procured a full arsenal of cutting edge, best-of-breed applications, tools, beacons and other technologies, all designed to provide a Managed Service Technology Solution that provides continual monitoring, immediate detection and real-time response capabilities. Our staff of engineers, data management, security and information risk management experts live on the cutting edge of technology innovation and man the front-lines of cybersecurity defense.

Governance

A sound Cybersecurity Program goes beyond the technology and digital barriers necessary to defend and detect attacks–it addresses fiduciary, regulatory, HR, legal and other risks by implementing structure, processes and accountability. The Align Cybersecurity™ team works with each client to provide a bespoke Cybersecurity Program that includes policies and procedures, reporting controls and training initiatives that together, create a culture of cybersecurity preparedness that works symbiotically with the underlying technology solutions.

Education

It takes more than purchasing a black box and a boilerplate written policy to create a meaningful Cybersecurity Program that effectively cascades through the enterprise and fully integrates your risk management objectives. As a necessary part of the process, Align Cybersecurity™ educates and empowers employees to toe the line and administer and execute the Cybersecurity Program, through education, empowerment and accountability, with state-of-the-art tools that are engaging, on-demand and reportable.

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Overview

For over 30 years, Align has been building complex technology infrastructure, networks and private clouds, in many industries and around the world. Align Cybersecurity™ provides legally sound, regulatory compliant and workable solutions that are continuously monitored, periodically tested and annually evaluated and enhanced.

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presence

Align has headquarters in New York City and offices in the following locations:

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London

Chicago

San Francisco

Arizona

New Jersey

Texas

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approach

Align Cybersecurity™ understands the cybersecurity phenomenon goes beyond technology and IT solutions. Our pioneering approach offers an unprecedented suite of Cybersecurity Compliance and Risk Management services to our clients, providing a 360 degree, fully wrapped Cybersecurity Solution through a Single Pane of Glass.

our
strategy

The Align Cybersecurity™ approach undertakes a unique methodology to Cybersecurity Risk Management, requiring new strategies and an unconventional blueprint. We’ve enlisted a multidisciplinary team of elite professionals, uniquely qualified to provide Cybersecurity Advisory Services from various perspectives, encompassing technology, IT, compliance, HR, governance and legal. This collaborative approach allows us to detect risks and identify threat points embedded in virtually all business functions and across the Cybersecurity Risk Management spectrum.

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Threat Points

INITIAL CYBERSECURITY RISK ASSESSMENT & PERIODIC TESTING

Initial IT/Network Assessment, evaluating current Cybersecurity Risk Profile and Vulnerabilities, rendering clear and quantifiable results.

Review and evaluation of current cybersecurity policies and controls, assessed against current legal landscape and compliance obligations.

Network Mapping and Data Inventory exercises, mapping your network’s footprint, identifying critical information, intellectual property, proprietary data and other sensitive data pools within your network.

Full vulnerability diagnosis of current IT infrastructure, encompassing both your native and extended data networks.

Cybersecurity risk and reporting computed in real time and displayed adjacent to global risk.

Align Cybersecurity™ proprietary risk algorithm calculates scores based on inputs from client network sensor (physical or virtual) and global risk feeds from NIST, Symantec feed and other sources.

Access to enterprise-level security and data analysis solutions in a software application.

Periodic penetration testing to enable your organization to identify and better understand real time cybersecurity threats and ultimately minimize risk.

State of Readiness

Assess current Cybersecurity posture, including policies, incidents and history.

Design and develop a fully customized Cybersecurity Program, including policies, best practices, response plans, Cybersecurity Incident Log, Vendor Attestations and other regulatory materials, as well as Investor Due Diligence Questionnaire response materials.

Provide counsel and advice regarding Cybersecurity Program implementation and employee integration.

Manage third party vendors and extended network risks.

Client-dedicated portal designed to centralize and manage cybersecurity policies, compliance obligations, employee training, all with automated reporting.

Conduct mock SEC cybersecurity sweep exams. Following an Align Cybersecurity™ mock exam, your firm will know what to expect, and will be able to address any deficiencies.

ALIGN GUARDIAN - MANAGED THREAT PROTECTION

24x7x365 monitoring by Security Operations Center (SOC) against known and unknown threats in real time.

Continuously monitor, hunt, detect and respond to threats. Align Guardian is more than just an intrusion prevention (IDS/IPS) system, leveraging behavioral, reputational, and signature-based capabilities to vastly improve detection of potential cyber-attacks.

Customized reporting to provide your organization with analysis and executive briefings on your threat traffic.

Complete incident response planning, encompassing threat containment and resolution management, allowing you to focus on your business and operations.

VIRTUAL CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER (vCISO)

Oversee Cybersecurity Program from design, development, and integration.

Centralize training, integration, IT, governance, and liaise with investors, regulators and vendors.

Periodic reviews by trained security analysts with expertise.

Confer with executive management and boards regarding Cybersecurity Risk Management objectives, Assessment and Reporting results and overall administration of Cybersecurity Program.

Available for on-site services including investor due diligence, regulatory examinations, and 3rd party testing.

CENTRALIZED COMPLIANCE AND REPORTING/GLOBAL CYBER ATTACK UPDATES AND INTEL

Manage your Cybersecurity Program through a Single Pane of Glass.

Centralized client-dedicated portal to manage cybersecurity policies, compliance, reporting, and education training progress and results.

Real-time updates from global cybersecurity breach data feeds, seamlessly updated into Align Cybersecurity™ client networks.

Maintain updated library of all policies, updates, changes, versions and revisions with a full chronology of your Cybersecurity Program.

Organize and consolidate 3rd party (e.g., investors, vendors, consultants, regulators) communications around your Cybersecurity Program.

INTEGRATION THROUGH EDUCATION

State-of-the-art, on demand employee education modules designed to optimize engagement.

Employee training on risks, threats, mitigation and remediation.

Testing and retraining – in person, online or via mobile devices.

Reporting of education, retention and employee performance relating to cybersecurity risk.

Ability to have fully custom “white-glove” in-person training for your organization.

VENDOR MANAGEMENT AND INVESTOR LIAISON

Oversee Vendor Management processes, review vendor agreements ensure compliance with Cybersecurity Program.

Liaise with investors regarding Due Diligence Questionnaires and similar inquires.

Centralize and monitor all contractual duties, representations, warranties and other obligations to, and duties from, various 3rd parties.

Manage, from a centralized portal, all 3rd party communications with regulators, attorneys, compliance firms and other consultants.

MANAGED SECURE NETWORKING AND WI-FI

Align Cybersecurity and Aerohive solution helps clients create a flexible workplace with reliable production networks, providing advanced security, analytics, activity mapping and API integration without compromising security needs.

Fully managed wireless service to optimize workplace flexibility, network reliability and security, and the use of IT resources.

Align Cybersecurity’s networking and wireless experts have the technical acumen to engineer, implement and manage Aerohive wireless networks to achieve the full benefits managed and secure Wi-Fi.

Cloud-based architecture offers scalability, easier deployment, API integration and improved management.

Vulnerability Assessments (and Periodic Penetration Testing)

Vulnerability Assessments (and Periodic Penetration Testing)

INITIAL CYBERSECURITY RISK ASSESSMENT & PERIODIC TESTING

Initial IT/Network Assessment, evaluating current Cybersecurity Risk Profile and Vulnerabilities, rendering clear and quantifiable results.

Review and evaluation of current cybersecurity policies and controls, assessed against current legal landscape and compliance obligations.

Network Mapping and Data Inventory exercises, mapping your network’s footprint, identifying critical information, intellectual property, proprietary data and other sensitive data pools within your network.

Full vulnerability diagnosis of current IT infrastructure, encompassing both your native and extended data networks.

Cybersecurity risk and reporting computed in real time and displayed adjacent to global risk.

Align Cybersecurity™ proprietary risk algorithm calculates scores based on inputs from client network sensor (physical or virtual) and global risk feeds from NIST, Symantec feed and other sources.

Access to enterprise-level security and data analysis solutions in a software application.

Periodic penetration testing to enable your organization to identify and better understand real time cybersecurity threats and ultimately minimize risk.

Customized Cybersecurity Program

Customized Cybersecurity Program

State of Readiness

Assess current Cybersecurity posture, including policies, incidents and history.

Design and develop a fully customized Cybersecurity Program, including policies, best practices, response plans, Cybersecurity Incident Log, Vendor Attestations and other regulatory materials, as well as Investor Due Diligence Questionnaire response materials.

Provide counsel and advice regarding Cybersecurity Program implementation and employee integration.

Manage third party vendors and extended network risks.

Client-dedicated portal designed to centralize and manage cybersecurity policies, compliance obligations, employee training, all with automated reporting.

Conduct mock SEC cybersecurity sweep exams. Following an Align Cybersecurity™ mock exam, your firm will know what to expect, and will be able to address any deficiencies.

Managed Threat Protection

Managed Threat Protection

ALIGN GUARDIAN - MANAGED THREAT PROTECTION

24x7x365 monitoring by Security Operations Center (SOC) against known and unknown threats in real time.

Continuously monitor, hunt, detect and respond to threats. Align Guardian is more than just an intrusion prevention (IDS/IPS) system, leveraging behavioral, reputational, and signature-based capabilities to vastly improve detection of potential cyber-attacks.

Customized reporting to provide your organization with analysis and executive briefings on your threat traffic.

Complete incident response planning, encompassing threat containment and resolution management, allowing you to focus on your business and operations.

Outsourced virtual Chief Information Security Officer/Periodic Review

Outsourced virtual Chief Information Security Officer/Periodic Review

VIRTUAL CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER (vCISO)

Oversee Cybersecurity Program from design, development, and integration.

Centralize training, integration, IT, governance, and liaise with investors, regulators and vendors.

Periodic reviews by trained security analysts with expertise.

Confer with executive management and boards regarding Cybersecurity Risk Management objectives, Assessment and Reporting results and overall administration of Cybersecurity Program.

Available for on-site services including investor due diligence, regulatory examinations, and 3rd party testing.

Client Portal

Client Portal

CENTRALIZED COMPLIANCE AND REPORTING/GLOBAL CYBER ATTACK UPDATES AND INTEL

Manage your Cybersecurity Program through a Single Pane of Glass.

Centralized client-dedicated portal to manage cybersecurity policies, compliance, reporting, and education training progress and results.

Real-time updates from global cybersecurity breach data feeds, seamlessly updated into Align Cybersecurity™ client networks.

Maintain updated library of all policies, updates, changes, versions and revisions with a full chronology of your Cybersecurity Program.

Organize and consolidate 3rd party (e.g., investors, vendors, consultants, regulators) communications around your Cybersecurity Program.

Education

Education

INTEGRATION THROUGH EDUCATION

State-of-the-art, on demand employee education modules designed to optimize engagement.

Employee training on risks, threats, mitigation and remediation.

Testing and retraining – in person, online or via mobile devices.

Reporting of education, retention and employee performance relating to cybersecurity risk.

Ability to have fully custom “white-glove” in-person training for your organization.

Third Party Management (Investors and Vendors)

Third Party Management (Investors and Vendors)

VENDOR MANAGEMENT AND INVESTOR LIAISON

Oversee Vendor Management processes, review vendor agreements ensure compliance with Cybersecurity Program.

Liaise with investors regarding Due Diligence Questionnaires and similar inquires.

Centralize and monitor all contractual duties, representations, warranties and other obligations to, and duties from, various 3rd parties.

Manage, from a centralized portal, all 3rd party communications with regulators, attorneys, compliance firms and other consultants.

Managed Secure Networking and Wi-Fi

Managed Secure Networking and Wi-Fi

MANAGED SECURE NETWORKING AND WI-FI

Align Cybersecurity and Aerohive solution helps clients create a flexible workplace with reliable production networks, providing advanced security, analytics, activity mapping and API integration without compromising security needs.

Fully managed wireless service to optimize workplace flexibility, network reliability and security, and the use of IT resources.

Align Cybersecurity’s networking and wireless experts have the technical acumen to engineer, implement and manage Aerohive wireless networks to achieve the full benefits managed and secure Wi-Fi.

Cloud-based architecture offers scalability, easier deployment, API integration and improved management.

Jim Dooling
President and CEO of Align

Jim Dooling
President and CEO of Align

Jim Dooling is the founder, president and Chief Executive Officer of Align. With more than 30 years of experience in the technology infrastructure industry, he has grown Align into the premier provider of technology solutions and services with a recognized center of excellence in IT Advisory, Infrastructure design and build services, and Managed Services. Many of the world's leading firms including Salesforce, Uber, Pfizer, JPMorgan, the NBA, Louis Vuitton and Barclays rely on the expertise and experience of Align to support their technology infrastructure needs.

Jim majored in architecture at Miami University of Ohio and is actively involved in a number of charitable associations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes, NPower and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Jim has preserved a “can do” spirit and family-like atmosphere at Align, which have enabled Align to deliver unsurpassed client service.

Vinod Paul
Chief Operating Officer

Vinod Paul
Chief Operating Officer

Vinod Paul brings over 20 years of in-depth financial services and technology experience to his role as Align’s Chief Operating Officer.  Widely known as a luminary in the financial services sector, Vinod led and innovated a leading Global Managed IT Service provider in its customer-facing engagements, including service delivery and business development on a global basis and, over his 13 years as Managing Director, Vinod helped establish this firm as a premier Managed Service provider in the financial services space.

Previously, Vinod has been a director of technical services for Martin Progressive where he supervised an engineering staff supporting 6,000 customers, as well as a management and engineering consultant to IBM Global Services, Lucent Technologies, Tyco Submarine Systems, and Penguin Putnam Publishing.

Vinod serves on the global board of directors for Help for Children/Hedge Funds Care, a global nonprofit dedicated to supporting efforts to prevent and treat child abuse. He attended Rutgers University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences.

John Araneo
General Counsel and Managing Director of Align Cybersecurity

John Araneo
General Counsel and Managing Director of Align Cybersecurity

John Araneo possesses a broad corporate legal background, encompassing investment management law, data privacy and cybersecurity law, corporate governance and employment law.  Having published numerous articles on data privacy and data asset protection and other legal issues since 1996, John is an established author, cybersecurity expert and a well-known thought-leader on the legal, regulatory, governance and employment law issues related to cybersecurity. Previously, John practiced law in the investment management space, representing investment advisers and fund managers, most recently as a partner of Cole-Frieman & Mallon, LLP, a firm that represents over 600 asset management clients and launches approximately 70 private investment funds annually.  John remains a practicing attorney with Cole-Frieman & Mallon, LLP in an ‘Of Counsel’ capacity.

John serves on the Committee of Hearts for Help For Children/Hedge Fund Cares, a global nonprofit dedicated to supporting efforts to prevent and treat child abuse.  John received his Bachelors at John & Wales University and his law degree from Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University.

Jim Johnson
Director of IT

Jim Johnson
Director of IT

Jim Johnson leads the Server, Storage and Security professionals with over 25 years of experience as an IT professional, mainly in the financial services industry. His long and distinguished career of aligning business goals with technology investments includes heading the LBHI migration from Barclays Capital, developing an Infrastructure as a Service concept for LBHI, and leading disaster recovery efforts to restore technology and business affected by 9/11 as the CIO of one of the largest brokers in the world. Jim received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science & Applied Mathematics, with a minor in Physics, from State University of New York at Albany.

Seth Arbital
Chief Information Security Officer

Seth Arbital
Chief Information Security Officer

Seth Arbital draws from his 30 years of experience in IT and 15 years specializing in Information Security as the CISO of Align. Seth has built and managed consulting and engineering teams for boutique, regional and national technology firms. He assists clients in enhancing security by developing strategic security programs with a focus on people, process and technologies. Seth utilizes his expertise with security technologies, architect’s solutions and manages business and regulatory compliance including PCI, HIPAA, GLBA, and SOX. He is certified in CISM, CISSP, ISO 27001 and GDPR, as well as a variety of technical certifications from security vendors. Seth received his Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Sciences at City University of New York – Brooklyn College.

Justin Bortniker
Cybersecurity Analyst

Justin Bortniker
Cybersecurity Analyst

09.27.17

Align Honored with 2017 Channel Partners 360⁰ Award

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09.26.17

SEC Announces Enforcement Initiatives to Combat Cyber-Based Threats and Protect Retail Investors

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09.12.17

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Law360, New York (August 21, 2017, 10:55 PM EDT) -- Although the U.S. Securities and Exchange...

09.08.17

The Equifax Credit Data Breach: A New High-Water Mark in Cybersecurity Risk Management. What You Should Do Now.

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09.06.17

Align Wins Best Tech Infrastructure Provider 2017 and Best New Cybersecurity Product: Align Cybersecurity in 2017 FinTech Awards

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08.09.17

SEC National Exam Program RISK ALERT - Observations from Cybersecurity Examinations

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07.12.17

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06.09.17

Cipperman Compliance Services and Align Cybersecurity Announce Strategic Partnership for Financial Services Firms

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06.06.17

June 20th – Webinar – “Sucker Punched” The Importance of Employee Training and The Proper Cyber Insurance Protection for The Hedge Fund Industry

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CTA Intelligence Special Report - Managed Futures 2017

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05.31.17

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05.25.17

Cybersecurity 101 For Fund Managers: Designing a Cybersecurity Program that will Satisfy Regulators, Empower Employees and Encourage Investors

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05.19.17

SEC highlights lack of pen testing in latest cyber-alert

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05.18.17

SEC’s OCIE Releases Risk Alert in Response to Recent Ransomware Attacks

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MASTERCLASS: Cybersecurity

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04.11.17

Align Launches First-Ever, Comprehensive Cybersecurity Risk Management Solution

Align, the premier global provider of technology infrastructure solutions, today expanded its...

NEW YORK, NY – April 11, 2017– Align, the premier global provider of technology infrastructure solutions, today expanded its cybersecurity consulting practice, offering an unparalleled suite of Cybersecurity Risk Management services. Combining solutions around technology, governance and education, Align CybersecurityTM is the only end-to-end solution in the world that creates a triple threat to hackers.

The challenge of managing advancing risks and heightened regulatory requirements surrounding increasingly complex and extended networks affects both asset managers and the larger financial services industry. From monetary loss, to compromised proprietary and/or client information to reputational damage, the impact of one breach can be devastating. Align’s Cybersecurity Risk Management platform now helps solve this growing challenge.

Align’s multidisciplinary team of experts will design policies, procedures and sophisticated controls satisfying legal, compliance and fiduciary requirements. Creating a culture of security, Align offers customizable, on-demand training to make employees the greatest line of defense. Managed by Align’s team of security analysts, the Align Client Portal centralizes all Cybersecurity Risk Management controls in one dashboard including policies, third party communications and key security metrics.

“We’ve reached a point where the necessity of cybersecurity is ethically and legally absolute, and the implications of ignoring that would be catastrophic for firms,” said John Araneo, managing director, Align Cybersecurity, and general counsel of Align.

“We identified a critical gap in current cybersecurity offerings and a key opportunity to build a unique, comprehensive risk management service,” said Vinod Paul, chief operating officer of Align. “Align Cybersecurity redefines the future of Cybersecurity Risk Management, offering a truly holistic, white glove service, while providing unprecedented protection for the future.”

“On behalf of Align, we’re excited to announce the expansion and formalization of Align Cybersecurity,” said Jim Dooling, chief executive officer and president of Align. “The company’s latest solutions are second to none, arming firms with technology, governance and education – all critical to the life of a business.”

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02.16.17

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02.14.17

John T. Araneo joins Align as General Counsel & Managing Director

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01.12.17

SEC Announces 2017 Examination Priorities

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New York

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6th Floor New York, NY 10004

212 844-4030

New Jersey

Woodbridge Corporate Plaza
485 Route 1 South
Suite 210C
Iselin, NJ 08830

212 844-4030

Virginia

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Building D
Ashburn, VA, 20147

800 877-9980

Chicago

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Chicago, IL 60606

800 877-9980

Texas

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Frisco, TX 75033

800 877-9980

Arizona

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Chandler, AZ 85286

800 877-9980

San Francisco

2820 Northwestern Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95051

800 877-9980

London

Office 437, 4th Floor
22 Upper Ground
London SE1 9PD

+44 (0) 20 7553-8770