The No. 1 concern for RIAs in a recent TD Ameritrade Sentiment Survey was cybersecurity, and data security was to be a spending priority in 2019. To help its RIA customers, TD Ameritrade Institutional just integrated its Veo One platform with cleverDome, a B corporation co-op that offers community-based solutions to protect confidential client information.
CleverDome is software “defined as a perimeter,” Bridget Gaughan, co-founder and chief risk officer of cleverDome, told ThinkAdvisor. “[Our purpose is] to make a secure enclave, where information can be shared safely between unrelated parties, for example, TD Ameritrade and Orion, as a third-party vendor, and the RIAs.”
To do this, cleverDome has set up three components:
1) Due diligence of all the parties in the environment. In this case, cleverDome worked with industry members and cyber experts to develop a standardized due diligence review that everyone in the environment is bound by.
2) Secure connection. “Whether it’s a cellphone or an iPad or a computer, you want to be secure,” Gaughan said. CleverDome works with several managed security services, such as FCI, that will do what they call “cyber hygiene” on all devices to make sure they are secure.
3) Secure network. This final component is a military-grade secure technology network provided by NetFoundry and Dispersive Technologies.