Step-to-Step Guide for Fixing Data to Fight Against Financial Crime.

Banking CIO Outlook | Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Remediation is the process of repairing a problem while also comprehending what is getting improved.

Fremont, CA: According to research, the worldwide cost of financial crime compliance is anticipated to be 213.9 billion dollars, up from 180.9 billion dollars the previous year. According to prediction to increase. The dangers identified by the thousand banks polled varied, ranging from client risk profiling and sanctions screening to PEP identification & KYC for onboarding.

Data quality is critical for the proper execution of all of these parts. However, the data challenge for banks in the battle against financial crime might appear overwhelming as compliance regulation evolves and the threshold increases. The time and money spent on acquiring data suitable for the purpose might easily consume most financial organizations' yearly investment budgets.

However, perceiving this as a single massive problem is inaccurate, not least because many financial institutions will postpone measures to address these data concerns. Instead, insurers, banks, asset and wealth managers should approach the data repair as a succession of smaller projects that fit within the business as usual (BAU) and create minimal interruption. Initiatives for financial crime data can get divided into three stages:

• 'Stopping The Bleed'

The first step is to verify that users collect the appropriate data from new clients who engage with the organization. One of the first tasks is to do a root cause analysis to determine where the data is being gathered and identify process modifications to ensure that critical data items get recorded. At this point, users should also identify the significant data gaps or locations where information is missing — this might be due to a process flow or a system gap. These issues must be ring-fenced as the starting point for stage two.

• Remediation

The basic goal of remediation is to understand the bank's business people - to identify those with greater risk indications. Remediation includes organizing information, identifying errors, and determining how to remedy data gaps. Remediation is the process of repairing a problem while also comprehending what is getting improved.

• Fixing Forward

Stage three is all about learning from past errors and not making the same ones again. As a result, a combination of preventative measures is necessary. It might be a system control that prevents an application from proceeding until all fields get filled out. It might also be a process assessment and redesign to address any process gaps contributing to the data problem.

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