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SEC Officials Offer Update on the Consolidated Audit Trail

Today [August 21], the Commission proposed amendments to the national market system (“NMS”) plan governing the consolidated audit trail (“CAT NMS Plan”). The proposed amendments are designed to enhance data security related to the ongoing development and operations of the consolidated audit trail (“CAT”). In 2016, the Commission approved the CAT NMS Plan prepared by FINRA and the national securities exchanges (collectively, the “SROs”) which included various security requirements.[1] Today’s proposal would take additional steps to reduce cybersecurity risks and is the latest in a series of Commission actions to move the development of the CAT forward and enhance

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