DALLAS – August 22, 2023 – Beneficient (NASDAQ: BENF) (“Ben” or the “Company”), a technology-enabled platform providing liquidity and related trust and custody services to holders of alternative assets, today announced the successful completion of System and Organization Controls (“SOC”) certifications.
SOC examinations cover Ben’s online AltAccess Platform for delivering liquidity and custody services directly to alternative asset investors and encompasses:
- SOC 2 Type 1 including the Security, Availability and Processing Integrity categories as of August 31, 2022.
- SOC 2 Type 2 is a widely recognized industry standard, and the certification includes the Security, Availability, Confidentiality and Processing Integrity categories for the period October 1, 2022 through March 31, 2023.
- A SOC 3 report, a public facing report over the same scope as the SOC 2 Type 2 noted above.
These examinations were conducted by independent auditor Weaver and Tidwell, L.L.P., (“Weaver”) and report on the controls in place that support Ben’s protection of its AltAccess customers’ data.
Brad Heppner, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive of Beneficient, commented: “Part of what differentiates Beneficient is that we offer customers a safe, regulated and secure experience when investors seek to exit their alternative investments. By utilizing our online AltAccess liquidity and custody platform, customers can achieve earlier liquidity sooner from their alternative assets in a simple, cost-effective manner. Today’s announcement provides further confidence to customers that, when going through the liquidity process with Ben, they are provided with the highest level of cybersecurity and data protection coupled with the confidence that AltAccess is subject to routine examinations by banking regulators.”
The SOC 2 examination confirms Ben has established the necessary policies and procedures – and is effectively implementing controls in addition to the examination standards of banking regulators – surrounding the categories of Security, Availability, Confidentiality and Processing Integrity categories, which includes but are not limited to the following:
- Risk assessment procedures
- Security controls
- Employee training
- Monitoring and logging
- Vendor management controls, and
- Incident response and business continuity.
Maria Rutledge, Chief Technology Officer of Beneficient, stated: “At Ben, cybersecurity and customer data confidentiality are always top priorities. From our system architecture, through how we operate and process transactions, all of our practices are designed to ensure that the AltAccess experience is safe and secure. Notably, our AltAccess platform is regularly examined and tested by bank examiners and regulators of our fiduciary financial trust company, which provides the liquidity and custody services to our customers.”
Achieving these SOC certifications is a major milestone for Ben and AltAccess, and a reflection of the work and investment our team has put in to being best-in-class when it comes to cybersecurity. AltAccess was designed to serve a range of customers expected to include primary custodian banks, wirehouses, financial advisors and general partner fund sponsors seeking to white label their own branded liquidity and data-rich custody services platforms for private wealth clients owning alternative assets.
The SOC 2 certifications are in addition to Ben’s AT&T NetBond Certification. That process involved a rigorous series of regular reviews, penetration testing and security assessments, as well as continuous vulnerability scanning and validation by AT&T.
Customers who wish to view a copy of the SOC 3 Report can download it here: https://www.trustben.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/The-Beneficient-Company-2023-SOC-3-FINAL.pdf
Information about Cybersecurity at Ben more generally can be found at the following link: https://www.trustben.com/about-ben/cybersecurity-at-ben/
Beneficient (Nasdaq: BENF) – Ben, for short – is on a mission to democratize the global alternative asset investment market by providing traditionally underserved investors − mid-to-high net worth individuals and small-to-midsized institutions − with early liquidity exit solutions that could help them unlock the value in their alternative assets. Ben’s AltQuote™ tool provides customers with a range of potential liquidity exit options within minutes, while customers can log on to the AltAccess® portal to digitize their alternative assets in order to explore early exit opportunities, receive proposals for liquidity in a secure online environment, engage custodial services for the digital alternative assets and receive data analytics to better inform investment decision making.
Its subsidiary, Beneficient Fiduciary Financial, L.L.C., received its charter under the State of Kansas’ Technology-Enabled Fiduciary Financial Institution (TEFFI) Act and is subject to regulatory oversight by the Office of the State Bank Commissioner.
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