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.
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.
FTC 'Safeguards Rule' Strengthens Data Security Requirements and Broadens the Scope of Financial Institutions Who Must Comply
FTC Amends Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act ‘Safeguards Rule’ to Strengthen the Data Security of Financial Institutions
- Cybersecurity Resources
As we reflect on the past year, we wanted to take a moment to look back at our most popular articles from 2021.
- AML and Financial Crime
- Trade Surveillance
As 2021 winds down and we prepare for the new year, we thought we would take a moment to look back at our most popular webcast topics of 2021.
- Regulatory Technology
Following our Cyber Alert last week, “Java Log4Shell Zero-Day Vulnerability Discovered; Immediate Patching Advised for Millions of Users", on December 10th a critical vulnerability was publicly disclosed in the Apache Log4j Java-based logging package, which is commonly used by organizations across the world.
- Cybersecurity Resources
Flaws Discovered in Original Update to Fix Log4j Vulnerability; Users Must Update to Newest Version of Apache Log4j 2.16.0
On December 10th a critical vulnerability was publicly disclosed in the Apache Log4j Java-based logging package, which is commonly used by organizations across the world. When first disclosed late last week, Apache had already released an updated version of Log4j version 2.15.0 to remedy the security flaw.
- Cybersecurity Resources
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.