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.
Payment fraud threats have become a major concern for organizations globally, with more than 80% of financial professionals reporting incidents of attempted fraud*. Payment fraud trends globally reflect a continued and sustained growth over the past 4 years.
Organizations are more aware of increasing threats and many have actively implemented control measures. Unfortunately, this added vigilance is not always enough. New technologies are streamlining electronic payments, but perpetrators are using those same solutions to attack payment processes and platforms. The tactics used by fraudsters evolve and increase in sophistication continually, attempted attacks are becoming harder to identify resulting in greater success infiltrating organizational payment flows.
As well as the obvious financial impact, fraudulent incidents may subject firms to additional regulatory scrutiny, privacy concerns, reputational damage, litigation and loss of clients/investors. In addition, post-breach remediation costs can be extremely high. It has become essential that firms are proactive in predicting and assessing their exposure to these threats in order to mitigate the likelihood and impact of a payment fraud incident.
*2019 AFP Payments Fraud and Control Survey
ACA Aponix’s (ACA) Payment and Fraud Risk Assessment (PFRA) helps your firm better understand payment flow and fraud risk mitigation opportunities. Our solution provides end-to-end policy-aligned reviews of all your firm’s cash movements to identify potential fraud risk throughout the payment lifecycle. We perform evidence-based procedure reviews across your firm to help mitigate risks during subscription, drawdown, redemptions, staff, and vendor payments. Our tailored service offering is customized for each payment type to provide an accurate assessment of possible risks.
Assessments also include identity and access management, payment limits and cash control best practices for your electronic banking channels. ACA’s team of highly experienced subject matter experts continuously monitor various sources to identify new fraud trends before they impact your firm. Our team includes specialists in payment fraud, cybersecurity, and technology risk from various industries, including investment management, banking, and healthcare.
Our team reviews supplied documentation, performing an
on-site evidence-based assessment with employee interviews and process walk-though.
Our team analyzes review responses, evidence, and audits to identify potential fraud risks
You can track progress of process enhancements and view findings in our management software platform.
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.
Regulatory change, COVID-19 fallout, and a rapidly mutating ecosystem of risks make this a challenging year for financial services firms. In our complimentary whitepaper, we examine the future of risk and compliance and how firms must respond to rapidly evolving circumstances.
- Trade & Transaction
- Managed Services
- Regulatory Deadlines
- Regulatory Technology
- GIPS Standards
A ransomware attack has led to the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline in the U.S. The Colonial Gas pipeline supplies gasoline, jet fuel, and other products to the eastern and southern U.S., providing 45% of the East Coast supply of fuel.
- Portfolio Company Risk Management
On May 4, researchers released details of a security flaw in Dell devices. The flaw affects hundreds of millions of desktops, laptops, notebooks, and tablets. Dell has released additional details of the vulnerability and a recommended fix.
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.
ACA Group Announces ComplianceAlpha® 2021Q2 with New Features Designed to Help Financial Services Firms Meet Increasing Demands for Digitizing Compliance Programs
ComplianceAlpha 2021 Q2 introduces a suite of new features and sophisticated technology enhancements designed to help firms globally build more comprehensive and scalable GRC programs in line with the expectations of regulators, boards, management, clients, and investors.
Russell Investments Selects ACA Group’s ComplianceAlpha to Modernize Their Risk and Compliance Program from a Single Platform
Russell Invesments has selected ACA's ComplianceAlpha® to help modernize and streamline their compliance program.
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).
This course is specifically designed to assist Senior Management in meeting their statutory and regulatory obligations.