SALISBURY, Conn., April 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ascendant Compliance Management, a leading global compliance consulting firm, today announces that E.J. Yerzak has been promoted to partner. Yerzak has been one of the key drivers of Ascendant's cybersecurity and technology offerings, exemplifying Ascendant's commitment to client service initiatives.
"I'm thrilled to announce this well-deserved promotion of E.J.," said Jon Higgins, president and CEO of Ascendant. "He is always thinking ahead of the curve and truly exemplifies the 'Ascendant Difference.' Through his combination of innovative solutions and unwavering work ethic, he has been instrumental in so many facets of Ascendant service that benefit our clients."
Yerzak has been with Ascendant since 2011, assisting advisers to hedge funds, private equity funds, funds of funds, and other investment advisers in bridging the gap between compliance and cybersecurity risk management. In addition to conducting compliance program annual reviews, risk assessments, and acquisition due diligence reviews, he oversees the technology team at Ascendant that provides cybersecurity consulting services to Ascendant's clients – ranging from network vulnerability scanning to onsite cybersecurity risk assessments to assistance in implementing the NIST cybersecurity framework.
Yerzak has authored articles and alerts on emerging regulatory and technology issues, and is regularly requested to speak as a cybersecurity expert at industry conferences and events throughout the country. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA®), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM®), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC™).
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in both English and Computer Science, Magna Cum Laude, from Colgate University, a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Technology from Central Connecticut State University, as well as a J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He is licensed to practice at the State Bar of Connecticut and in federal court before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
"I'm thrilled to accept this promotion and continue developing Ascendant's suite of cybersecurity offerings as well as collaborating with clients in ensuring compliance continues to remain a source of strength for their firms," Yerzak said. "Ascendant has always been a forward-thinking company, and I will continue working hard to stay ahead of the issues that will be of concern to our clients."
About Ascendant Ascendant Compliance Management is headquartered in Salisbury, Conn., with offices in New York City and San Francisco. Ascendant offers integrated compliance and business solutions for investment advisers, broker-dealers, and hedge and private equity funds, including its Ascendant Compliance Manager software tool, designed to streamline compliance processes. For more information on Ascendant's services, or to sign up for email alerts, please visit www.ascendantcompliance.com or call 860-435-2255.