Broker Check

Cyber Security

To Our Valued Clients:

Your identity and personal information are extremely important to us and keeping your information secure from criminals is a top priority for our firm.  To better protect you and your accounts from cybersecurity threats, our employees undergo training regarding electronic communication and we continuously review security procedures to ensure that we are following best practices recommended by the custodians, financial institutions, and industry experts with whom we work.

While we feel we are taking clear and actionable steps in our own firm’s security measures, cyber fraud continues to escalate, is becoming more sophisticated, and is ever changing.  These threats take various forms, including email scams (e.g., phishing), where criminals obtain investors’ identity and use that information to commit various forms of wire fraud.  Attachment A to this letter describes these phishing scams and other tactics that we believe investors should be aware of.

We are encouraging our clients to embrace a series of measures to help protect their identity and mitigate potential security risks.  The attached Investor Protection Checklist outlines some best practices for investors across six key areas to help you:

•  Manage your devices

•  Protect all passwords

•  Surf the Web safely

•  Protect information on social networks

•  Protect your email accounts

•  Safeguard your financial accounts

Please carefully review this checklist with all members of your household.  We also ask that you do the following:

•  If you change a current address, notify us so that we can update our records.

•  If you suspect that your email account has been compromised, call us immediately.

•  If you suspect that your account has been compromised, call us immediately.

In addition, when you communicate with our firm via email or voice mail, please be careful not to include your account number(s), banking information and/or any other sensitive information relative to your identity unless you have the ability to encrypt your message.

When you communicate with our firm via facsimile, please do so during normal business hours; and we strongly suggest that you call ahead to alert our firm that your fax is forthcoming.

Finally, whenever one of our employees attempts to verify your identity, please understand that it is solely for the protection of you and your personal information.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns about how we protect your accounts or the steps you and your family can take to better protect yourselves and mitigate risk.  As always, we appreciate the opportunity to help you achieve your financial goals.


Brown, Lisle/Cummings, Inc.

Attachment A

Investor Protection Checklist