The role of the Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) is a mandatory position in all firms in the Financial Services Industry. This reflects the statutory objective that the Regulator(s) have for ensuring that firms behave with “Integrity”, particularly relating to financial crime prevention. The MLRO therefore plays a significant role in assisting Senior management to ensure that systems and controls relating to anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the risk of terrorist financing (CTF) are appropriate and effective. This course provides practical advice and guidance on the responsibilities of the MLRO, what is expected by the Regulators, both of the Senior Management and the MLRO, and how those responsibilities can be achieved. It should be noted that attendance at this course does assume a good knowledge of the UK’s AML/CTF regulations.
Cyber threats are constantly evolving, so it’s important to stay on top of new threats and address them as quickly as possible. We provide cyber alerts and ongoing monitoring to help protect your company from cyber attacks. We also offer phishing testing and monitoring services to protect your business.
One of the simplest ways a hacker can penetrate your network is via email using a tactic called phishing, or, in a targeted effort, spear-phishing. Successful phishing, vishing (telephone-based phishing), and spearphishing can lead to ransomware, payment fraud, and other cyber crimes. The FBI has reported that people lost $57 million to phishing schemes in 2019.
We deploy targeted email campaigns that are designed to test your employee’s ability to identify phishing threats. We use the results of our phishing tests as part of our staff security training, which covers phishing identification and other essential skills and tools for identifying threats and preventing data breaches.
We periodically issue timely alerts on cyber events and technology concerns that may be relevant to your business. Our alerts provide strategic guidance to help you protect your company and understand how to best prevent or remediate issues.
Over 100,000 domains are registered every day, many for malicious purposes. We monitor newly registered domain names and alert you when a domain name that resembles your firm’s domain is registered so that your firm can take action to combat attempts to steal sensitive information or infringe on your firm’s intellectual property.
Hackers often post sensitive data about their victims or targets on anonymous paste sites to share with the broader hacker community. We monitor select anonymous paste sites for mentions of your firm’s domain or IP addresses, as these could be indicators of an upcoming or ongoing attack.
Aponix Protect™ comprehensive cybersecurity and technology risk solution
Aponix Protect helps firms address evolving cyber risks and threats to ensure that their cybersecurity needs are covered year-round. This solution is available in three tiers, each one designed to provide firms with a flexible, robust, responsive, and cost-effective cybersecurity program.
ACA’s virtual spring conference is right around the corner. We encourage ACA Aponix clients to attend the sessions below or to invite other members of their teams to join in. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect and what you can expect to take away.
- Portfolio Company Risk Management
On April 14, the U.S.DOL issued a news release with guidance on cybersecurity for retirement plan administration aimed at plan sponsors, fiduciaries, record-keepers and participants of plans regulated by ERISA, the federal law that sets the minimum standards for retirement and health plans in private industry. Get the details on this guidance as well as our recommendations.
Learn about the new software patches Microsoft released on April 14, 2021 to address 19 critical vulnerabilities as well as a new Zoom vulnerability discovered at the Pwn2Own white hat hacker event.
When Microsoft announced patches for the four “zero-days” that were revealed on March 2, 2021, the full extent of the vulnerability was not known. Security experts continue to notify victims, coordinate remediation, and suggest remaining vigilant for “stage 2” of this attack, i.e., further exploitation of the backdoors left on the already-compromised servers.
Apple has issued urgent updates for its iPhone, iPad, and iWatch devices. According to Apple, these updates patch a discovered “cross site scripting” vulnerability that allows bad actors to inject malicious code into web pages. The code could be enabled when users access these pages using browsers on Apple devices. This vulnerability may already have been exploited.
Multiple firms have reported receiving emails from an organization posing as the International Fund Manager Regulator (IFMR). There is no legitimate international global regulatory authority for fund managers. This email is a phishing attempt.
ACA Group announced today that ACA Aponix® is the recipient of the Accounting/Due Diligence Firm of the Year in the 20th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. The M&A Advisor Awards are the benchmark for dealmaking excellence, recognizing the leading M&A Transactions, Restructurings, Deal Financings, Product/ Services, Firms, and Professionals.
ACA is delighted to be counted among the 100 most innovative RegTech companies in the financial industry.
The ever-increasing focus by the Regulators on the accountability of senior management, particularly when things go wrong, emphasises how important it is for individuals in senior positions to have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. This succinct course is designed to assist Senior Managers to have a full understanding of what they need to do to achieve compliance with the rules under the obligations created by the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR).
The role of the Compliance Officer is a mandatory position in all firms in the Financial Services Industry. They play a major role in assisting Senior Management to ensure that appropriate and effective systems and controls are in place to achieve and maintain compliance with the applicable Rules. While the nature of the Compliance Function is likely to differ from one firm to another, this course provides an easy to follow breakdown of what the Regulator expects of a Compliance Officer and explains, in practical terms how the regulatory expectations and those of Senior Management can be achieved.