Approaching Your RMiT Regulatory Obligations

Approaching Your RMiT Regulatory Obligations

Published
March 10, 2020

Author
Phil Routley

The digital revolution within the financial sector has been evolving at pace; driven by developments in technology and telecommunications, influenced by customer experiences in the B2C space and accelerated by a burgeoning FinTech community.

Competitive forces in fintech are reshaping the payments and wider financial services landscape. In Asian markets, competition comes from non-traditional sources in the likes of Grab, Razer and WeChat. E-Money lenders who are disrupting the payments and digital wallet space, leave traditional FIs walking the tightrope between their appetite for risk and staying relevant to their customers. This recent whitepaper helps you navigate the recent RMiT policy by the Central Bank of Malaysia and demonstrates how Exabeam addresses key requirements of the policy.

Maintaining relevance opens the door to risk

Partnerships between financial institutions and fintech start-ups have enabled traditional FIs to remain relevant in new markets as they develop. One example is ride-hailing firm Grab partnering with Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank), Malaysia’s biggest bank, to drive the usage and adoption of GrabPay mobile wallet. 

Mergers and acquisitions are also in full swing as new entrants make their mark. Founded in 2005 and dual-headquartered in San Francisco and Singapore, gaming company Razer acquired MOL Global, Inc. in 2018 to create Razer Fintech. The financial technology arm of Razer Inc. has since grown to become one of the largest digital payment networks in Southeast Asia.

Of course, with the increased complexity in IT ecosystems comes increased exposure to cyber threats and sophistication of attacks, and the need to set regulatory guidelines.

Central Bank intervention

In acknowledgment of the evolving FI landscape, Central Bank of Malaysia (CBM), Bank Negara Malaysia has developed the Risk Management in Technology (RMiT) policy which sets out the CBM’s requirements with regards to FI’s management of technology risk.

The RMiT impacts all local Malaysian banks, insurers, e-money lenders international banks and is in effect from January 2020.

It provides a framework for FIs operating in Malaysia to strengthen operational technological resilience against potential cyberattacks and to ensure continued confidence in the financial system.

Download the whitepaper to understand specifically how Exabeam addresses key requirements within the RMiT policy. Including:

  • detection and remediation of privileged account use
  • identifying and automatically linking risky activities to the individual user to facilitate investigations and audits
  • invoking actions within third-party controls, such as freezing a transaction or account, or requiring higher levels of authentication
  • real-time detection of compromised machines 
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