Financial crime is multi-faceted, multi-national and difficult to identify, measure and combat. Money laundering activities, particularly, are used to fund and support nefarious criminal enterprises to the tune of an estimated $2.4 trillion each year.
KYC processes are a key component of an effective anti-money laundering (AML) program. Many existing AML KYC processes are hampered by manual, archaic legacy systems which are slow to process voluminous information and require multiple steps of data exchange between the financial institution and customer. Current systems and processes are costly to maintain, do not provide real-time information, and are incapable of flagging inaccurate or incomplete customer information. Financial industry stakeholders, including regulators, financial institutions, and technology vendors, uniformly agree that current KYC or financial crime control processes can be improved significantly.
To address these challenges, organizations worldwide are increasingly focusing on growth, innovation, efficiency and optimization. Many recognize that it is time to work smarter, not harder. This means maintaining strong AML compliance practices to address the growing challenge of financial crime, while improving efficiency, costs and headcount associated with effective AML compliance.
Protiviti and the International RegTech Association (IRTA) have partnered to publish an industry-leading, impactful and pragmatic report to help institutions reach the future state of AML KYC drawing on collaboration from industry participants, regulators, and technology providers.
Protiviti provides a wide variety of consultative services designed to assist organizations in all aspects of AML/CFT compliance, which includes the following areas.
Design and Implementation of AML/CFT Risk and Sanction Risk Assessments
We assist clients with the design and implementation of AML/CFT and sanction risk assessments that are foundational to effective compliance programs. We also work with our clients to ensure the proper alignment between their risk assessments and their overall AML/ CFT and sanction compliance programs and to introduce and leverage innovative technologies to improve efficiency.
Program Development and Remediation
We help clients with the development and/or enhancement of all aspects of their AML/CFT and sanction compliance programs including, but not limited to, risk strategy and risk appetite statements, policies and procedures, job descriptions, staffing analyses, and board and management reporting.
AML/CFT and Sanction System Selection, Implementation and Utilization
We assist in the selection of technology tools to support ongoing AML/CFT and OFAC monitoring. This includes vendor review and comparison, assessment of current and future business and functional requirements, data lineage and validation, system optimization, implementation support, pre-and post-implementation reviews, system validation and overall system project planning and management.
Money Laundering Reviews and Investigations
Using our proprietary work flow & data analytics tools, we assist clients in performing regulator-mandated lookbacks & other transaction reviews. We also identify & transactions in-scope, code the desired rules and scenarios, determine through quantitative & qualitative analysis the appropriate thresholds, & generate alerts, which our investigation specialists review to determine whether any suspicious activity is present. Our clients and as applicable, the regulators are provided complete documentation of the work.
DFS Part 504 Compliance
We can assist covered New York State-regulated financial institutions with all aspects of their Part 504 compliance efforts, from internal training & awareness, program development, program management, program documentation, model validation, data lineage and validation, control testing, & design of certification & sub-certification processes.
Independent Testing of AML Programs
We assist internal audit departments in developing comprehensive AML/CFT & sanctions audit programs, including risk assessments, risk & control matrices, audit work programs & training for audit teams. We also perform independent testing of existing AML programs on an outsource or co-source basis & work with or on behalf of internal audit departments to validate actions taken by companies to address regulatory exceptions.
Customized & relevant AML/CFT training provides the basis for a successful AML/CFT & sanctions compliance program. We assist organizations with the development, implementation & delivery of AML/CFT & sanctions training that is customized to reflect a company’s primary business activities, customer profile, current AML/CFT & sanctions knowledge base & internal procedures.
AML and Sanctions Model Validation and Optimization Analytics
We work closely with our data and advanced analytics practice to provide our clients with independent model validation for all AML and sanctions related models, perform AML and sanctions model tuning and threshold /matching score setting, provide advanced data validation and AML analytics, advise on scenario and alert optimization, and assist with transaction monitoring scenario development, testing, and supporting documentation.
Protiviti’s risk indexTM can transform and automate the BSA / AML and sanctions risk assessment process.
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Protiviti has partnered with Appway to develop a tool that combines Protiviti's subject matter expertise in AML compliance and RegTech, with Appway's experience in developing and implementing innovative and user-friendly software to provide a comprehensive easy-to-use solution.