OCC Issues Semiannual Risk Report, Highlights Cyber Security And Anti-Money Laundering Risk

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On June 18, the OCC released its Semiannual Risk Perspective, which assesses risks facing national banks and federal savings associations with regard to: (i) the operating environment, (ii) condition and performance of the banking system, (iii) funding, liquidity, and interest rate risk, and (iv) regulatory actions. Among the many issues reviewed in the report, the OCC noted that cyber threats continue to grow in sophistication and require heightened awareness and appropriate resources to identify and mitigate the associated risks. It also stated that BSA/AML threats are increasing as a result of changing methods of money laundering and an increase in the volume and sophistication of electronic banking fraud, while compliance programs are failing to evolve or incorporate appropriate controls into new products and services.