Emerging Solutions in Anti-Money Laundering Technology

Celent has released a new report titled Emerging Solutions in Anti-Money Laundering Technology. The report is authored by Arin Ray, an analyst with Celent’s Security and Investments practice.

Continuously evolving regulations, coupled with recent instances of money laundering rule violations by some of the largest financial institutions, have highlighted the need for better technology in managing AML operations. The explosion of the digital universe has brought new challenges, requiring banks to scan through a host of sources beyond regulatory and official lists.

In the report, Celent discusses a number of innovative solutions in the AML / Know Your Customer (KYC) space. Faced with pressures from growing compliance requirements and the need to cut costs, financial institutions are seeking to use technology to increase efficiency and free up resources. The need to ensure enterprisewide compliance is giving rise to centralization and standardization of AML operations, and integration of AML and anti-fraud programs. To capitalize on these trends, solutions are emerging to address complete client lifecycle management functions across different lines of business. In particular, the KYC function is receiving a lot of attention from both banks and service providers.


Risk and compliance is an area that financial institutions have traditionally wanted to keep in-house. However, the delivery model for AML solutions is poised for evolution. As financial institutions show more openness to using outsourced and managed service solutions, this area is witnessing the emergence of new offerings.

“Solutions are being developed that will parse large volumes of unstructured data from different sources with analysis capabilities that are not usually supported by rule-based methods followed by traditional AML software,” says Ray. “One issue that is still at an idea generation stage is cybersecurity. With growing instances of cyber fraud, it is likely that a few solutions will eventually enable financial institutions to strengthen and better manage their cyber security.”