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Mitigating Risks by Promoting Change

A message from the Founder, Terri Sands

Secura Risk Management is a boutique consulting firm and membership organization that works closely with financial institutions to safely change with growing technology and regulatory requirements.  Secura also works with FinTech companies to understand the needs of financial institutions based on balancing regulatory compliance with exceptional customer experience.

Over the past few years, there has been significant movement in the financial institution and FinTech industries.   There has also been more pressure on the financial industry to keep up with the speed of changes in technology that has changed the way customers think and interact with their financial institution and technology companies.  Changes may include  moving payments faster, expediting workflows/processes to match the customer need, changing the way we identify and authenticate customers and employees, and  the way customers choose to have their experience.  Along with these and other changes, it is all about staying in the guard rails of regulatory guidance while balancing the need of the customer based on how they choose to use your business.

The purpose of Secura Risk Management is to break down complex regulations and rules and help financial institutions and FinTech companies comply while remaining competitive.  Emerging risks and fraud threats continue to increase and the costs associated with one fraud event, a regulatory consent order, a consumer privacy or data breach, or financial loss due to untrained staff or broken processes could be significant and result in reputational damage.

Secura Risk Management has expertise in payments risk and strategy,  BSA/AML, financial crimes, information security, customer privacy, regulatory compliance,  and emerging risks.  Secura’s evolving strategy is to make certain we continue to provide our clients with the most effective and practical risk management programs to make it easy for you to do business.

We exceed compliance expectations by using leading and efficient business practices based on internal and external threats.  Secura makes risk management simple so that you can eliminate the unnecessary to focus on the necessary.

Terri Sands, CAMS - Audit, AAP, CFE, At-Risk Adult Crime Tactics (ACT) Specialist


Secura Risk Management Staff

Terri Sands, CAMS – Audit, AAP, CFE, At-Risk Adult Crime Tactics Specialist (ACT)

Terri is the founder of Secura Risk Management and leads the company in its strategic efforts to offer the most pressing and needed services in payments, BSA/AML, Cybersecurity and fraud. Throughout her career, Terri has served as a leader in the payments and fraud prevention industry, providing education, risk management and compliance consulting and support services geared toward the specific needs of financial organizations. Terri consults and speaks frequently for regulatory and governmental agencies on topics including payments risk management and strategy, operational compliance, BSA/AML, financial crimes, operational risk management improvements and efficiencies. Terri has authored numerous publications and articles on payments risk management, fraud prevention, money-laundering prevention strategies, elder financial exploitation, and identity theft red flag compliance. Terri also served as the Director of the Payments Risk Management and the Financial Investigative Unit for State Bank & Trust where she was responsible for payments risk management, fraud management, physical security and BSA/AML.

Terri is an Advanced Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS – Audit), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), an At-Risk Adult Crime Tactics (ACT) Specialist and an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP).

Prior to founding Secura, Terri served as co-founder of Payments Information Circle (PIC), a service organization providing payments industry education, auditing, consulting, resources, and support services to financial organizations throughout the country. Prior to her work at PIC, Terri  served as the President of the Georgia Automated Clearing House Association (GACHA), a non-profit, regional payments association where she provided strategic direction for the association and its membership.  Terri began her career in payments as a Senior Analyst with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta where she provided training throughout the Sixth District and served on the Federal Reserve ACH Conversion Team that consolidated ACH Services for all branch locations in the Sixth District. In addition, Terri led the efforts for training financial institutions throughout the Sixth District on the National Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).


Glenda Hill, Director of Member Experience

Glenda Hill serves as the Director of Member Experience.  As Secura Risk Management continues to focus on how to best service our members through communication, education and ongoing meaningful services, Glenda has a significant role.  Glenda was recently with State Bank & Trust where she managed support services for the Enterprise Risk Division and understands the significance of timely education, communication of new rules and regulations and evolving methods for effective and sustainable compliance.  Glenda has a significant amount of experience in providing risk management support in all areas of risk including payments risk, BSA/AML, Information Security, Deposit Compliance, Risk Management, Loan Compliance, and Fraud Management.



Deborah Mcleod, Enterprise Risk Management

Deborah’s career in the financial industry spans more than 25 years.  She most recently served as the Director of Financial Investigative Unit for State Bank & Trust Company.

Prior to her tenure with State Bank, she held the position of Chief Financial Officer for two Georgia based community banks.  Deborah began her banking career with a Georgia based holding company with banks located in four states.  Her final role with the company was as the Senior Vice President of Operations and Finance with responsibility for oversight of deposit operations, consumer loan operations, and accounting.

Throughout her career she served on and/or presented to various board committees, including risk, audit, ALCO, and technology.


Strategic Partners

Jesse Morton – Director, STOUT
J.D., LL, M., CPA/CFF, CFE, At-Risk Adult Crime (ACT) Specialist

Jesse  is the Southeast Forensic Services Leader for Stout’s Dispute Consulting practice who has been practicing professionally as a consultant, lawyer, accountant, investigator, and/or external/internal auditor since 2002.   Jesse also regularly writes, speaks, and teaches on topics related to fraud prevention, detection, response, and remediation. He is regularly featured on televised news reports and investigations and quoted in periodicals including Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and others.  Prior to joining Stout, Jesse worked in KPMG’s Forensic practice and during law school worked for the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in the Financial Fraud Task Force through the Honors Law Program.  He also wrote for Thomson Reuters Westlaw Business, and also served as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University teaching Fraud & the Law—a Master’s-level accounting, MBA, and forensic certificate course for four years.

Jesse specializes in assisting clients with all phases of the fraud and misconduct prevention, detection, response, and remediation lifecycle.  He provides proactive and reactive assistance that includes specializations and experience with (among other things): Performing investigations related to financial statement fraud, asset misappropriation, and/or illegal acts and regulatory compliance/violations; conducting anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) and anti-bribery/corruption (FCPA) engagements; securities and trading violations engagements; mortgage and loan origination/ servicing fraud engagements; conducting fraud risk assessments; establishing and enhancing regulatory compliance and ongoing monitoring processes and procedures; developing and strengthening fraud prevention, detection, and response controls and anti-fraud programs including corporate governance; performing asset tracing and financial analysis, including for blockchain/digital assets/cryptocurrencies; insider threat and third party risk management; and, litigation assistance including expert witness support and litigation consulting.  Jesse typically focuses on clients in the financial services sector, and has a niche specialization working with investment managers, but he has also worked with clients in many other sectors.

Scott Rosenbaum – Senior Manager, STOUT

Scott Rosenbaum has over 8 years’ experience as a consultant, investigator, and accountant.  He previously worked in KPMG’s Forensic practice and for a private think-tank providing forensic accounting, litigation, and investigation consulting services to clients in a variety of matters.

Scott specializes in investigations and performs work related to fraud risk management, regulatory compliance and monitoring, and dispute advisory/litigation assistance. Scott works closely with external counsel, in-house counsel,  corporate boards, management teams,  not-for-profit directors, and high-net worth individuals in the context of complex commercial litigation, fraud and financial investigations, and business and partnership disputes.  Additionally, Scott lived overseas for two years and has experience living, working, and performing investigations in various countries.

Scott is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Forensic Examiner (CFE).

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