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.
Third-party risk management (TPRM) is the process of monitoring, validating, and remediating risks presented by third-party vendors. TPRM helps ensure your vendors protect your data, comply with regulations, and provide sustainable services that meet your requirements. However, vendor risk management can be a costly and time-consuming task. Our vendor management outsourcing service (VMOS) allows your company to offload the vendor due diligence and risk assessment process. Unlike other risk management solutions and vendor management software providers, ACA's VMOS will help your company save valuable time and resources in order to focus on more strategic tasks.
Our team administers due diligence questionnaires (DDQs), ensures vendors reply in a timely manner, and provides vendor support.
Our team analyzes DDQ responses, evidence, and audits to identify vendor risks.
You can track vendor diligence progress and view findings in our vendor management software platform.
- On-site validation
- On-site vendor due diligence
- TPRM program development
- Vendor risk ranking
We can help determine if your vendors are compliant with GDPR requirements, working towards compliance, or have not considered the implications of GDPR. Our vendor management platform includes a GDPR-specific due diligence questionnaire that can be administered as a standalone questionnaire at a reduced rate, or as part of the standard ACA Aponix vendor DDQ.
Our Vendor Management Software
Our vendor management software allows you to track DDQ progress and vendor risk assessment results. Key features include:
- Vendor Risk Dashboard — View key metrics (e.g., vendors diligenced, progress of diligence reviews, and vendor comments)
- Vendor Registry — View vendor data in centralized location (e.g., product lines, type of diligence performed, and contracts)
- Vendor Risk Matrix — View all risks identified (e.g., ratings, issues), vendor communication, and mitigation/remediation activities
- Questionnaire Status — Track the completion status of vendor DDQs and on-site reports
Why work with us?
Dedicated Team Of InfoSec Risk Analysts
Our vendor risk assessments are developed and managed by a team of information security risk analysts in ACA’s centralized, cost-effective analysis and review center (the ARC) in Pittsburgh, PA. The ARC’s dedicated VMOS team is overseen by an experienced vendor risk specialist and includes former senior managers in risk management, insider threat specialists, and data security officers from various industries, including financial services, banking, and healthcare. Over 750 clients and 2,000 vendors have chosen ACA to manage their vendor management process and mitigate third party risks.
Our Vendor Risk Assessments
Our tailored, proprietary vendor due diligence questionnaires (DDQ) include over 300 questions and are customized for each vendor type to provide an accurate assessment of possible risks. Topics include:
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance
- Cyber awareness training
- Physical and environmental security
- Network security, infrastructure, and operations
- Organizational overview and structure
- Legal and compliance
- Vendor management and oversight
- Change management
- Cloud services
- Access controls
- Mobile device management
- Asset management
- Data loss prevention
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
The FCA has issued a consultation paper outlining the first of its intended changes to "UK MiFID" conduct and organisational requirements. Learn more about the main proposals, the rationale behind them and the implications for investment firms
- Managed Services
The first in a series of quarterly updates, we provide a snapshot of institutional mandates and how those mandates ask about the calculation and presentation of performance. This information provides good insight into the demand for compliance with the GIPS standards and how that demand evolves over time.
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.