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ThetaRay Brings AML Solution to Banco Santander

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A newly announced partnership between ThetaRay and Banco Santander will enable correspondent banks to better defend themselves against cybercrime.

Specifically, Banco Santander will use ThetaRay’s anti-money laundering technology to detect activity in SWIFT traffic, risk indicators, and KYC data that may be indicative of money laundering. Banco already has begun deploying ThetaRay’s anomaly detection solution and anticipates a full global rollout “over the next months.”

“We are proud that a financial institution as universally respected as Santander Bank has chosen our AML solution for correspondent banking,” ThetaRay CEO Mark Gazit said. “Recent progress with Partnerships Unit makes me feel Santander is the best financial platform to partner with.”

ThetaRay leverages big data analytics and machine learning algorithms to provide organizations with automatic, real-time detection of suspicious behavior. This enables firms to move faster to address potential threats and to initiate early remediation efforts sooner. ThetaRay’s Investigation Center, designed specifically for the needs of correspondent banking, gives Santander complete access to the data lineage, as well, enabling the bank to conduct extensive forensic investigations to understand the reasoning behind every warning generated by the system.

“ThetaRay’s solution will further improve our ability to detect the earliest signs of money laundering and uncover unknown originating risks,” Santander Global VP for Global Transaction Banking CIB, Carlos Gutierrez said.

ThetaRay demonstrated its technology at FinovateFall in 2015, showing how its fraud and anomaly detection solution helps increase the efficiency and accuracy of cybersecurity systems. Last month, as part of the company’s effort to help financial institutions manage new cybersecurity challenges during the coronavirus crisis, ThetaRay launched FAST START. The new offering packages ThetaRay’s financial crime technology into a cloud-deployable solution that banks can get up and running within 30 days. FAST START is available in three different packages – AML Alert Triage, AML Detection and Monitoring, and Enterprise Fraud Prevention -geared toward the specific kinds of cyberthreats FIs are dealing with.

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in both Israel and the U.S., ThetaRay has raised more than $66 million in funding from investors including ABN AMRO Ventures and Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP).