Samuel Cousins

Sanctions and Risk Associate at ACAMS and 2 other companies
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Sam Cousins is a Sanctions and Risk Associate at ACAMS, where his work includes supporting public-private partnerships and strengthening ACAMS thought leadership pillar through assisting the development of new content on sanctions and risk.

Prior to ACAMS, Sam worked on the Sanctions Policy team at UK Finance, where he gained experience working with global financial institutions and governments on sanctions compliance issues. He also has previous experience with NATO’s Centre of Excellence for Defense Against Terrorism and as a Research Assistant at the University of Nottingham. In these roles, Sam’s research focused on counter-terrorism studies, as well as transnational organised crime and national security. Sam also holds a Masters of Research in Politics and a bachelors degree in History and Politics, both from the University of Nottingham.

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  • Ransomware is seen as a growing threat by most, and many view an attack on their organization in the next 12 months as likely - but it is generally not seen as the highest priority cyber threat. As such, many respondents do not have policies, procedures, and training in place which address the financial crime risks of ransomware, and compliance officers are often not involved in organizational responses to attacks.

    23 March 2022
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