Deceptive Acts

There’s an interesting game of chicken going on right now.  The “extramarital dating site” called Ashley Madison is being held captive by a group of hackers.  The hackers have said that they’ll  release information on the site’s 37 million (yes, 37 million) subscribers unless the site is shut down....

The Difference Between Compliance and Ethics

Last night, a news story broke that combined two of my favorite things; compliance and American football.  This is a rare occurrence, indeed.  It seems that Jason Pierre Paul was celebrating the 4th of July, when he had a fireworks mishap, resulting in a major injury to his hands....

New Currencies and Old Crimes

Reports surfaced this week that two federal agents involved in the Silk Road investigation stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in Bitcoin during the course of the operation.  The two agents allegedly set up fake profiles Silk Road, which they used to extort funds.  One of the agents allegedly...

A Different Perspective

As many of you may know, my husband (Chris Mark) is a very proud former Marine.  Recently, he was asked by National  Review to give his perspective on being a USMC sniper.  His article is published here.  I may be partial, but it’s definitely worth the read.  Hollywood and...

Article in ACAMS Today

As some of you may know, I am a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).  I’m also a member of the board for the local Greater Salt Lake ACAMS chapter.  It’s a really good organization that is dedicated to bringing together those that work to...

On Executive Orders and Payment Security

Today, President Obama introduced the BuySecure initiative.  The idea is to “lead by example.”  The President’s order requires the federal government to engage in more secure payments – both in making and accepting payments.  For instance, the federal government is to issue EMV cards and to replace existing terminals with...

Greater Salt Lake Chapter of ACAMS is Here

I am pleased and proud to let you know that a fantastic group of financial services professionals has created the Greater Salt Lake Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).   The Greater Salt Lake City Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists is dedicated...

The Value of Trust

In business, we often talk about the bottom line and rational actions.  Making the most of our resources by partnering the right way and making sure that we’ve nailed our messaging.  Our uptimes have got to be at five nines.  The issue of trust, though, is not often discussed. ...

Compliance as “Principled Performance”

I’ve long seen compliance as a form of business enablement.  Ensuring that organizations operate in manner consistent with government and industry regulations helps to ensure that company’s longevity.  For those outside of compliance, however, that perspective can seem difficult to digest.  It’s not uncommon for colleagues in other business...

Lost in the Shuffle

In the uproar over the SCOTUS decision on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Prop 8, was what I feel is a pretty significant decision on our Fifth Amendment rights.  Most of us are familiar with our Fifth Amendment rights, “You have the right to remain silent. ...