Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations for financial institutions—including most cash-handling businesses like armored car services—are risk-based. That is, the regulations recognize that the tremendous variation in the regulated businesses requires an approach that adjusts based on the risks a business actually faces.
Thus, the first step toward compliance with BSA/AML requirements is to perform an assessment of risk to produce a risk profile of the business. The risk profile will form the basis for a compliance program that will be subject to review by regulators and may be exposed to enforcement actions, so it is critical to get it right.
The risk assessment is conducted in two steps: (1) identify the specific risk categories for a business, and (2) evaluate these risks as they pertain to BSA/AML.
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