Why financial institutions should look to the blockchain for customer onboarding

How blockchain can help enhance KYC/AML requirements By Vanessa Malone With the ever-increasing Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance requirements companies are facing in the financial services arena, deploying technology solutions to keep up has become more of a mandate than a recommendation. Global penalties for financial institutions have reached $36 billion […]Continue Reading

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Increasing KYC/AML compliance without sacrificing user experience

By Vanessa Malone In today’s digital world, users have come to expect high-tech, high-touch interfaces, personalized experiences, security, and transparency. We see this demand across social media platforms, online shopping, banking, investing — almost every aspect of our everyday activities are becoming increasingly digitized.  On one side, this is great. With new technology comes new and creative […]Continue Reading

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Blockchain Research Bytes #6- Can Software Engineering help us detect fraud on the blockchain?

By Ashish Rajendra Sai Article: “Reverse engineering the blockchain as illustrated using eigen decomposition.” Authors: Farshad Ghassemi Toosi; Jim Buckley; Ashish Rajendra Sai ; Andrew Le Gear Affiliation: Irish Software Research Centre & Horizon Globex Article Category: Fraud detection Why this article? The argument that bitcoin has no intrinsic value has been thrown around in academic […]Continue Reading

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Blockchain Research Insights #4-Will bitcoin be safe if the exchange rate falls?

By Ashish Rajendra Sai Article: “Assessing The Security Implication Of Bitcoin Exchange Rates” Authors: Ashish Rajendra Sai, Dr. Jim Buckley, and Dr. Andrew LeGear Affiliation: Irish Software Research Centre & Horizon Globex Article Category: Security Why this article? : Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are subject to the constant changes in real world value, e.g., the volatile […]Continue Reading

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Why we believe Open Order Book will become the industry standard for trading digital securities on the blockchain

This week, we announced the launch of our digital securities exchange software, Open Order Book, to power order-driven digital securities exchanges around the globe. The technology pairs with a retail trading app where investors of all levels can buy, sell, and instantly settle digital assets directly from their smartphone. Open Order Book is not just a […]Continue Reading

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Horizon Adds Ethereum Wallet Forensics to AML Screening Solution

This week, we announced the launch of a new Ethereum wallet forensics feature which was added to our anti-money laundering “AML” software solution, AMLCop. The new feature enables AMLCop to continually screen Ethereum wallets against a database of wallet addresses directly or indirectly involved in phishing, hacks, or scams. This offers ERC-20 issuers and all […]Continue Reading

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Blockchain Research Bytes #2

By Ashish Rajendra Sai Article: “Merged Mining: Curse or Cure?” Authors: Aljosha Judmayer, Alexei Zamyatin, Nicholas Stifter, Artemios Voyiatzis, Edgar Weippl Affiliation: SBA Research, Vienna, Austria Article Category: Security Why this article? : As discussed in our last installment, Proof-of-Work consensus algorithm acts as the backbone of prominent cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. The security […]Continue Reading

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Why the blockchain community needs to pay better attention to KYC/AML

From Binance’s alleged KYC data hack to FATF’s new AML guidelines, compliance can no longer take a backseat [Earlier this month, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume experienced an alleged customer KYC data leak, where a hacker threatened the release of some of Binance’s customer identity verification data. Binance states it is still […]Continue Reading

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The true one-stop-shop for security token offerings

By Vanessa Malone You’ve read the advantages of issuing digital securities over traditional securities, assembled your legal team, and are ready to conduct your own digital securities offering. You type in ‘digital securities platforms’ or ‘security token platforms’ into google and *BAM*, you’re hit with a plethora of companies offering multiple solutions for each stage […]Continue Reading

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Removing cryptocurrency volatility from the security token marketplace

By Vanessa Malone This week, we announced that Horizon’s blockchain technology suite will power Antigua & Barbuda’s international exchange for investors to buy and sell compliant digital securities, also referred to as security tokens.  The proposed framework combines three critical components for a healthy digital securities marketplace to thrive on the Ethereum public blockchain: Government […]Continue Reading

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