Chainalysis, the blockchain analysis company, announced the successful deployment of its compliance solution to Bittrex, the premier U.S.-based blockchain trading platform, across 10+ cryptocurrencies. Bittrex will use Chainalysis Know Your Transaction (KYT) to meet new and existing regulatory and compliance standards, and establish a safer, more secure platform for their users.
"As we focus on building out our products to accommodate more cryptocurrencies beyond Bitcoin, working with cryptocurrency exchanges that focus on offering a broad array of coins is mutually beneficial," said Jonathan Levin, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Chainalysis. "Bittrex is dedicated to offering a breadth of cryptocurrencies to their customers and enforcing comprehensive compliance policies."
By leveraging Chainalysis KYT to monitor large volumes of cryptocurrency activity and identify high risk transactions on a continuous basis, cryptocurrency exchanges like Bittrex can quickly understand the risk profile of each of their users. Using real-time data with alerts and filters for level of risk exposure, businesses can identify transactions that require the most immediate attention.
Chainalysis's ability to provide real-time transaction monitoring solutions across the greatest number of cryptocurrencies available is vital to Bittrex's business. Bittrex's compliance team also participated in rigorous training by Chainalysis, which provided advanced techniques in risk management workflow.
"As our business continues to grow, having a thorough and reliable transaction monitoring system in place is crucial in demonstrating our commitment to compliance," said Bill Shihara, CEO, Bittrex. "Chainalysis KYT is an important tool in having an effective anti-money laundering program by helping us prevent, detect, and address unlawful behavior."
Earlier this year, Chainalysis expanded Chainalysis KYT, its anti-money laundering (AML) compliance solution, to cover the most popular cryptocurrencies, including Ether, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, top stablecoins and ERC-20 tokens such as Tether, Maker, and Dai, with additional cryptocurrencies coming soon.
Chainalysis KYT automates the assessment of money laundering risk, helping cryptocurrency businesses and financial institutions meet regulatory requirements. Chainalysis KYT currently covers 25 cryptocurrencies, representing 85% of the top 100 by trading volume, and will continue to onboard additional cryptocurrencies in the coming months.
How Transaction Monitoring Works at Chainalysis
One of the reasons Chainalysis KYT is so popular is that it uses global anti-money laundering (AML) standards common across regulatory bodies. We apply these standards when each transaction is screened.
Cryptocurrency businesses also need to understand the aggregate risk profile of each of their users. That’s why Chainalysis KYT provides a view of risk profiles at the user level, which reflects all of a user’s screened transactions. For example, if an organization has a user who receives funds from a darknet market, our software automatically flags that transaction as high risk. If the user sends funds to a regulated exchange, our software marks that transaction as low risk. And so on. Every screened transaction feeds into a user’s risk profile. Chainalysis KYT displays all user profiles, sortable by high, medium or low risk (using traffic light colors) for easy scanning.
We apply our risk methodology in real time to all users within an organization’s user base. This saves compliance teams from laborious, manual screening work. They can instead focus on developing comprehensive compliance programs. Organizations that work with us tell us this has enabled them to meet regulatory expectations and launch or grow their businesses.
Customizable risk level
We’re now giving our customers the ability to adjust the risk level of a category or a service. For example, not all jurisdictions around the world treat gambling the same way. In some countries, gambling is not considered a legitimate business activity and thus online gambling sites would be treated as high risk. In other countries, gambling is not considered illicit, which means properly licensed online gambling sites would be treated as low risk.
The ability to customize the risk level of categories and specific services means our customers can automate even more of their compliance workflows.
One of the most useful facets of Chainalysis KYT is having a view of all users and their risk profiles directly accessible upon first logging in. It provides a visual alert of which users have high risk profiles and therefore require the most immediate attention. In keeping with the spirit of simplified visual cues, we have now launched a dashboard that summarizes key indicators at the total organization level. For example, organizations can now see what percentage of their user base is falling under high, medium or low risk. They will soon be able to see things like total exposure by category, or total transaction volume per day. These and other metrics will provide our customers additional understanding of their organization’s total exposure trends over time.
At Chainalysis, we strive to provide as much support to our customers as we can. To make it easier to interact with us, we added in-app chat to Chainalysis KYT. This allows our customers to send us questions or feedback without having to leave the environment. Our team typically responds within minutes.
We know software is most valuable when it makes the lives of our customers easier and more productive. This means we’ll continue to add intuitive capabilities to our compliance products while increasing versatility for ongoing transaction monitoring. In the coming months, we will improve how transaction information is displayed. We will also boost our monitoring capabilities for other cryptocurrencies beyond Bitcoin. And we will deepen the integration with Chainalysis Reactor, which is used for enhanced due diligence and investigations.
The momentum around cryptocurrency compliance is only just starting and we look forward to continuing to offer software that builds trust in blockchains.