For the first time, this year WBA’s Secur-I.T. Conference will be combined with the annual BSA/AML Conference! These meetings — which cover many functions of a bank such as Bank Security Act (BSA)/Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Operations, Security, and Technology — draw banking professionals from all around the state of Wisconsin for education and networking. The 2021 WBA Secur-I.T. & BSA/AML Conference will be held September 21–22 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells.

Attendees will benefit from over seven hours of presentations from general session topics to breakout sessions by nationally recognized speakers and local professionals; networking with more than 125 banking peers; and meeting several exhibitors who offer products and services geared to help banks with customer experiences, BSA/AML programs, security, and technology.

The conference will kick off with a discussion on virtual currency as that continues to emerge as a hot button conversation for BSA/OFAC risk. The first conference speaker, Robin Guthridge of Wipfli LLP, will discuss FinCEN and the U.S. Treasury advisories regarding the risk virtual currency transactions could present. The event will also explore monitoring and SAR-filing responsibilities relating to virtual currency transactions.

Terri Luttrell from Abrigo will be diving into a topic that is closer to home than many may think. Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal activities in the world, exploiting over 45 million people and generating an estimated $150 billion in profits each year. Financial institutions have a critical role to play in identifying and disrupting human trafficking. This next session at the conference will discuss what financial institutions and BSA professionals can do to help identify, flag, and prevent human trafficking.

The conference will close out with Alex Weber, international speaker, American Ninja Warrior, and awardwinning performer for NBC. Weber's contagious energy and strategic methods to transform audiences to achieve at their highest levels will certainly leave attendees feeling their best and excited to return to the bank post conference. Whether you are looking for BSA updates, high-tech discussions, peer networking or all of the above, you will want to make sure you are in attendance at this year’s Conference. We hope to see you there!