ACA Aponix

Cybersecurity, technology risk assessment, and privacy services

ACA Aponix® provides cybersecurity and technology risk programs, data privacy compliance services, vendor and M&A diligence services, portfolio company oversight, network testing, and advisory services for companies of all sizes.

Our expertise

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Strengthen your cyber program with Aponix Protect™

Aponix Protect helps firms address evolving cyber risks and threats to ensure that their cybersecurity needs are covered year-round. This solution is available in three tiers, each one designed to provide firms with a flexible, robust, responsive, and cost-effective cybersecurity program.​

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Increase oversight of your portfolio companies' cyber risk with PortCo Defend™

Our PortCo Protect program is designed to provide high-level insight into cybersecurity risks across a portfolio and measure the maturity of the cybersecurity approach at each investment entity. The program establishes minimum security requirements, a measurement framework and governance, and provide guidance/ assistance where needed. It is not intended to cause rework or significantly change the direction of a portfolio companies current security initiatives.​

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Minimize risk and maximize enterprise value with technology, cyber, and privacy M&A diligence

Our team assists private equity firms with IT, cybersecurity, and privacy transaction advisory and risk management services. We provide full M&A integration analysis, design, oversight and execution services to help you minimize risk and maximize enterprise value for your most complex transactions by closely aligning our services with your investment thesis.​

Why work with us?

We provide cybersecurity and technology risk programs, data privacy compliance, vendor and M&A diligence services, network testing, and advisory services for companies of all sizes. Our unique approach combines a deep understanding of your workflows with our methodologies, thought leadership, and proprietary data to surface and prioritize the most important risks. Our award-winning solutions are designed to help firms uncover risks and identify deficiencies in their cybersecurity policies, procedures, and controls.

Why work with us?

Deep information technology experience. Award-winning solutions. Holistic approach to technology risk.

  • Experienced global team
  • Certified team members
  • Thought leaders in cybersecurity and IT risk
  • Over 650 companies work with us
  • Award-winning technology and solutions
  • Holistic approach to cybersecurity and IT risk

ACA Aponix provides cybersecurity and technology risk assessments, data privacy compliance, vendor and M&A diligence services, network testing, and advisory services for companies of all sizes. Our unique approach combines a deep understanding of your workflows with our methodologies, thought leadership, and proprietary data to surface and prioritize the most important risks. Our award-winning solutions are designed to help firms uncover risks and identify deficiencies in their cybersecurity policies, procedures, and controls.

Who we are

  • Our team consists of senior technologists who have started in the technology trenches, many growing into technology leaders at organizations ranging from small to large hedge funds, bulge-bracket banks, and technology services providers for the financial services sector.
  • ACA Aponix staff maintain or have held the following relevant certifications around cybersecurity risk management, incident response, penetration testing, information security, IT governance, privacy, and business. Additionally, select ACA Aponix staff maintain U.S. military security clearance.

Our certifications

Cybersecurity

  • CISSP, CISM, CISA, ISO27001:2013, CGEIT, CRISC, CTPRP, Security+, OSCE, OSCP, CEH, GXPN, GPEN, GWAPT, GCFE, GCCC, GCIH, GCIA, ECSA, SSA, CREST CPSA

Privacy

  • CIPM, CIPP, CIPT

IT & Business Continuity

  • A+, CCA, CNE, CCNA, CCNP, CSPO, ISO22301:2013, MCSA, MCSE, MSCP, Network+

Business

  • CFA, CM&AA, GSLC, JD, MBA, PhD, PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt

Our leadership team

Kavitha Vankita

Kavitha Venkita

Partner, Head of Cybersecurity and Risk

Kavitha is a Partner and the Business Lead for ACA Aponix, the dedicated global cybersecurity and technology risk advisory team.

Chad Neale, ISO27001:2013, GSLC, GCFE, CISA

Chad Neale

Partner

Chad is a Partner at ACA Aponix, the cybersecurity, privacy, and IT risk division of ACA Group and oversees ACA Aponix’s Strategic Technology Advisory and Risk practice.

Mike Pappacena

Mike Pappacena

Partner

Mike is a Partner at ACA Aponix, the cybersecurity, privacy, and IT risk division of ACA Group.

James Tedman

James Tedman

Partner

James is a Partner at ACA Aponix, the cybersecurity, privacy, and IT risk division of ACA Group. James manages ACA Aponix in Europe.

Marc Lotti, CGEIT, PMP

Marc Lotti

Strategic Advisor

Marc is a Strategic Advisor at ACA, and a Co-founder and formerly a Co-head Partner at ACA Aponix.

Kris Lau, CISM

Kris Lau

Managing Director

Kris is a Managing Director at ACA Aponix, specializing in information security program and policy development, risk management, vulnerability assessments, third-party security assessments, and audits.

Henry Lindemann

Henry Lindemann

Managing Director

Henry is a Managing Director at ACA Aponix, the cybersecurity, privacy, and IT risk division of ACA Group and oversees the sales department for the division.

Alex Scheinman, Ph.D.

Alex Scheinman

Managing Director

Alex is a Managing Director at ACA Aponix, overseeing ACA Aponix’s GDPR, CCPA, and other privacy regulation data-processing reviews and related programming.

Sara Laverick

Sara Laverick

Director

Sara oversees ACA Aponix's vendor diligence and management service (VMOS) team.

Jose Ramos

Jose Ramos

Director

Jose is a Director at ACA Aponix leading the penetration team.

Christine Tetherly-Lewis

Christine Tetherly-Lewis

Director

Christine is a Director at ACA Aponix.

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Latest cyber and risk insights

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Firms Report Phishing Attempts That Impersonate Microsoft®

Multiple firms (including ACA) have reported recent receipt of phishing emails claiming to be from Microsoft. The emails are clearly spoofed. In this alert, we explain how to spot a phishing attempt.

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Ransomware 101 Part 1: A Growing Threat to Financial Services Firms

Ransomware is an evolving and serious problem, particularly for financial services firms. In the first of a three-part blog series, we answer the question, “Why is ransomware a threat to my business?"

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Critical Security Flaw Discovered in Fortinet Security Products Require Upgrade

Remote attackers can exploit a flaw in Fortinet to gain unauthorized access to devices, and then exfiltrate data or perform other criminal activities from within the breached network.

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The Department of Homeland Security Requires Pipeline Operators to Set Cybersecurity Safeguards

The U.S. TSA and DHS have issued a directive to operators of fuel and gas pipelines that requires them to improve their cybersecurity defenses.

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Protecting Your Business as Offices Reopen: A Seven Step Cybersecurity Action Plan for Physical and Hybrid Work Environments

ACA Aponix’s cybersecurity experts have developed the following action plan to help your firm review, revise, and implement a strong cyber program that will help protect your firm against reputational and financial damage as well as meet regulatory obligations, no matter what type of work model you’re employing.

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SEC to Investment Advisers: Cybersecurity Must Be a Comprehensive, Continually Evolving Program

This was the topic of discussion between the SEC’s Keith Cassidy, Head of the SEC’s Technology and Controls Program, and ACA Aponix® partner Mike Pappacena, during ACA’s spring conference. They discussed why the threat of a cyber-attack is so acute for investment advisers, how they can best protect themselves and their clients, and what the SEC expects from investment advisers’ cyber programs. Here are some highlights from their conversation.

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Michael Borts joins ACA Group as the new Chief Technology Officer

Michael Borts has joined the firm as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to lead ACA’s technology development, vision, and strategy. In his role, he will oversee all product development for ACA’s award-winning ComplianceAlpha® regulatory technology platform and technology enablement at the firm.

ACA Group Acquires Catelas to Create Industry-first 360 Surveillance Offering

The acquisition of Catelas further enhances the holistic surveillance capabilities of ACA’s RegTech platform. Catelas’ patented technology automates the mapping of how people connect and form groups within a firm, isolates collusion risk, and detects high-risk behaviors.

ACA Group and the Investment Adviser Association Announce Strategic Partnership

ACA Group (ACA), a leading provider of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) advisory services and technology solutions, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with the Investment Adviser Association (IAA), a leading organization dedicated to advancing the interests of investment advisers.

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Lessons Learned from 2021's Scariest Cyber Breaches

The dramatic increase in sophistication and global reach of cyber incidents in 2021 has led cybersecurity to be a growing concern for organizations of all sizes. Join us for the horrifying retelling of the scariest cyber incidents of the past year.

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Get Ready to Comply: SEC Marketing Rule Preparation Timeline

The compliance date for the SEC's New Marketing Rule is November 4, 2022. With 1 year to go, ACA’s team of experts have put together a suggested preparation timeline guide to help firms prepare to implement the changes necessary to comply.

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