As the big-name enforcement cases from the financial crisis draw to a close, the Securities and Exchange Commission has the "luxury" to tackle a wide variety of enforcement issues, its enforcement chief, Andrew Ceresney, says.

Ceresney called insider trading a "perennial focus" for the enforcement division, which over the past five years has brought about 580 cases against individuals.

"That's a pretty significant number when you think about it," he said last week, expanding on some of the tools and opportunities that have helped them reach that number, most significantly "big data."

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Emily Zulz

Emily joined the ThinkAdvisor team as a reporter in the summer of 2014. She previously worked as a reporter for The Daily Journal in Kankakee, Illinois for a year and as a reporter and editor for The Daily Eastern News in Charleston, Illinois for two and a half years. Prior to joining ThinkAdvisor, Emily worked on Groupon’s editorial team in Chicago as a fact checker for three years. She graduated cum laude with a BA in journalism from Eastern Illinois University, and she has been the recipient of two journalism awards for her news reporting at daily newspapers.