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AITEC and AIMA launch cyber security DDQ

Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Author: AIMA Press Release

AITEC and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global representative for alternative asset managers, today have launched a co-branded Illustrative Questionnaire for Due Diligence of Vendor Cyber Security.


The DDQ has been created to streamline the process of conducting due diligence on vendors servicing the alternative asset management industry. The DDQ represents the superset of critical questions compiled by a committee of AITEC and AIMA members who are experienced in technology and operations.


The questionnaire will enable the industry to approach vendors as a single voice, consequently providing efficiencies in communication and ultimately increasing the market's understanding of technology infrastructure.


AITEC and AIMA will host an introductory webinar for members on 14 July. The webinar will address the current regulatory landscape for vendor due diligence, accessing and utilising the AITEC-AIMA DDQ, modifications in the AITEC-AIMA DDQ from the legacy AITEC DDQ, and the value proposition of the AITEC-AIMA DDQ in a vendor management programme.


Conor Kiernan, a Board member of AITEC and CTO of Marshall Wace, commented: “While gaining efficiency in your vendor due diligence process is certainly a plus, the consistency and thoroughness of the questions is of utmost importance. Cyber due diligence is not something one can afford to get wrong in this day and age. This DDQ has been drafted by a consortium of industry experts with many years of experience in the trenches.  It’s a fantastic aid on the road to building a robust technology due diligence process.”


Jack Inglis, CEO of AIMA, said: “It will come as a surprise to no one that cyber security has been a priority in recent years, with the Financial Conduct Authority and the Securities and Exchange Commission particularly noting that more due diligence must be done on vendors as a provision of service. This DDQ should be viewed as the next step of cyber security development for organisations, and certainly is the logical progression from AIMA’s Guide to Sound Practices for Cyber Security.”


This is the first time that the DDQ has been produced as a collaborative effort, with AITEC having released two prior versions in recent years. The latest DDQ relies less heavily on open-ended questions, allowing for easier comparisons to be made within responses. It has been designed with efficiency in mind, ensuring that it is more streamlined and user friendly.


The DDQ will be available to AITEC and AIMA members only.




For media enquiries, please contact:

Dominic Tonner, Global Head of Communications, AIMA

Tel: +44 (0)20 7822 8380

Email: dtonner@aima.org


Laura Brooks, Public Relations Manager, AIMA

Tel: +44 (0)20 7822 8406

Email: lbrooks@aima.org


Maura Harris, EVP, Director of Business Development & Operations, AITEC

Tel: +1 844 880 5390

Email: mharris@aitec.org


About AIMA

AIMA, the Alternative Investment Management Association, is the global representative of the alternative investment industry, with more than 1,600 corporate members in over 50 countries. AIMA works closely with its members to provide leadership in industry initiatives such as advocacy, policy and regulatory engagement, educational programmes, and sound practice guides.


Providing an extensive global network for its members, AIMA’s primary membership is drawn from the alternative investment industry whose managers pursue a wide range of sophisticated asset management strategies. AIMA’s manager members collectively manage more than $1.5 trillion in assets.


AIMA is committed to developing industry skills and education standards and is a co-founder of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation (CAIA) – the industry’s first and only specialised educational standard for alternative investment specialists.


For further information, please visit AIMA’s website, www.aima.org.



AITEC is a private secure community of senior professionals sharing advice, knowledge, insights and best practices for the betterment of the alternative investment industry.  The community fosters trust and camaraderie by way of promotion of open and honest sharing of information, following the Chatham House Rule. The platform provides access to peers, information, DDQ templates, networking events, experiences, and vendor discounts exclusive to AITEC members.  Over 235 members strong, the community's members represent firms around the globe, with assets totaling over $2.2 trillion.


Today, AITEC has 2 membership communities available to senior non-investment professionals in alternative asset management. Membership is subject to approval. The AITEC - CTO community is exclusive to senior technologists typically holding titles of CTO, CIO, CISO, Director of Technology, IT Manager, Head of Infrastructure, Head of Development.  The AITEC - FORC community is exclusive to senior executives in Finance, Operations, Risk and Compliance ("FORC") typically holding titles of COO, CFO, CCO, CRO, Head of Treasury, Head of Operations.  


For further information, please visit AITEC’s website, www.aitec.org.