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SEC Approach to Cybersecurity Points to ESG Approach

Bracewell’s Phil Bezanson recently told CFO Dive reporter Jim Tyson that CFOs can curb compliance risk and frame a strategy for environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure by studying how the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has built cybersecurity disclosure rules and enforcement.

The SEC will likely pull pages from its cybersecurity playbook as it crafts investor protections on ESG disclosure and identifies abuses for investigation, he said.

The definition of ESG is “in the eye of the beholder,” and the ambiguity “certainly raises questions about what enforcement will look like,” Bezanson added.

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