To help us achieve and maintain the highest level of security, Fort Washington partners with its parent company, Western & Southern Financial Group, to uphold a comprehensive cybersecurity program that maximizes the latest technology and emphasizes associate education and awareness.
Our cybersecurity program is based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework and includes policies, processes, and controls that are regularly assessed for ongoing risk. Management monitoring, external vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, ongoing risk assessment, and audits are used to control effectiveness and emerging risks. Risk remediation is prioritized through oversight from executive risk committees.
The program includes controls to prevent and correct potential issues related to:
Protecting Data and Assets
Data encryption and classification
Hardware and software inventory
Monitoring and Responding
Network and systems monitoring
Incident response procedure
Incident Response Plan
Our cybersecurity team specializes in incident detection and response. Should a cybersecurity event occur, our Incident Response Plan, which is tested regularly, may be deployed.
This Plan Outlines Our Commitment to:
Promptly and effectively respond to cybersecurity incidents.
Protect the confidentiality and privacy of associates, clients, and vendor-sensitive information.
Allocate appropriate resources to manage cybersecurity incidents in compliance with Fort Washington’s mission and legal obligations to its clients.
Manage the impact of cybersecurity incidents and minimize any damage to clients, associates, and business partners, as well as to our reputation and financial stability.
Robust Associate Training
Our associates are our first line of defense against cyberattacks. That’s why we focus on continuous cybersecurity education. Through our internal channels, we share dozens of communications about relevant industry data breaches, phishing scams, and preventive measures each year. Our associates play a significant role in the success of our risk management efforts and complete required training concerning various topics on an annual or biennial basis.
Connecting With the Cybersecurity Community
Western & Southern Financial Group developed a Security Awareness Roundtable for companies in the Greater Cincinnati region to encourage cybersecurity knowledge sharing. This group is composed of cybersecurity experts from several companies in the area. They meet on a monthly basis to share ideas, experiences, and best practices to assist in expanding security awareness and strategy.
We partner with government organizations, like the FBI and the IRS, to host educational webinars for our associates throughout the year. Cybersecurity experts from these institutions add tremendous value to our awareness campaigns by sharing real-world examples of cybercrime and insight into potential scams.
Phishing, which is the practice of sending fraudulent emails to an individual in an attempt to obtain confidential information, is one of the top security risks companies face today. Learn more about phishing and other common cyber scams.
To ensure our associates are adequately prepared to recognize phishing attempts, our cybersecurity team runs periodic campaigns that send associates imitation phishing emails. The team supplements the tests with additional training, if needed. Through persistent testing, these efforts are proving beneficial.
Explore More About Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity is an ever-evolving field, propelled by the increasing digitalization of the world and our growing dependence on technology. As cybercriminals continue to expand their capabilities and tactics, individuals must stay informed about cybersecurity trends and implement the latest techniques to protect themselves against potential attacks.
How Clients Can Protect Themselves
Explore tips to enhance your cybersecurity, become aware of the common scams, and learn about actions to take if you become a victim of a cyberattack.
If you identify suspicious activity or believe you are a victim of a cybersecurity attack that impacts your financial information, please contact Fort Washington at 888.244.8167. Furthermore, if you receive unusual communications identified as Fort Washington that seem fraudulent, contact us to verify the communications. If Fort Washington is unable to verify the communication or you feel certain it is fraudulent, you may file a report with the FBI using this link:Internet Crime Complaint Center(IC3) | File a Complaint
Fort Washington Investment Advisors is not liable for any data, information, or cyber threats that may affect you, based on the contents of this document. The sole purpose of this material is to inform and is not intended to be construed as cybersecurity advice. Clients should consult with cybersecurity experts before making decisions regarding the safety of their personal information.