This first session from Atlas Analytics looks at government-grade Structured Analytic Techniques (SATs), focusing on Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH).

You will learn how to use the technique and then make operational recommendations based on your findings.

ACH involves the identification of a complete set of alternative explanations to a situation (presented as hypotheses), the systematic evaluation of each, and the selection of the hypothesis or hypotheses that fit best.

This technique is a valuable way to determine the likeliest scenario on the basis of available evidence, providing a robust basis for operational decisions, and an audit trail showing how evidence-based decision making has been used.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Explain the definition of Structured Analytic Techniques (SATs) and how they shape operational work
  • Understand how to use the ACH technique
  • Understand how the technique is currently used by FinCrime teams in banks
  • Apply the technique to a FinCrime scenario
  • Use outputs from the technique to recommend operational decisions

Take this training in-house:

This training is also available as an in-house programme, which means you can tailor it to exactly what you and your colleagues require. Pricing for in-house will depend on what is required. Enquire about this option by contacting our training team.

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Alex Lahood

Alex Lahood

National Security Consultant, Effectology

Alex Lahood is an expert adviser on cyber security and business change. He managed the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Programme between 2012-...

Alex Lahood is an expert adviser on cyber security and business change. He managed the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Programme between 2012-2015, where he led the successful delivery of a range of innovative capabilities working with over 30 public and private sector partners, and nearly £1bn of investment.

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Henry Rimmer

Henry Rimmer

Founder, Atlas Analytics

Henry Rimmer is one of the UK’s leading experts on intelligence analysis and assessment tradecraft and founder of Atlas Analytics. He draws on his cri...

Henry Rimmer is one of the UK’s leading experts on intelligence analysis and assessment tradecraft and founder of Atlas Analytics. He draws on his critical thinking expertise and practical experience from within the public and private sectors to help financial organisations embed government-grade analysis and assessment skills. Henry has served with the British Government’s analysis training team for 10 years.

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Bradley Lougher

Bradley Lougher

Senior manager, Financial Intelligence Unit at Lloyds Bank

Bradley Lougher is the senior manager responsible for economic crime intelligence and threat assessment in the Financial Intelligence Unit at Lloyds B...

Bradley Lougher is the senior manager responsible for economic crime intelligence and threat assessment in the Financial Intelligence Unit at Lloyds Bank. He has first-hand operational experience of leading teams that apply SATs to assess and mitigate threats across the full FinCrime spectrum.

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If you:

  • Are an aspiring or experienced FinCrime investigator.
  • Want to enhance your existing or establish a new Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).
  • Work in financial risk assessment and compliance teams.
  • Work in second line function teams including oversight, audit, and policy.
  • Want to ensure your Risk Based Approaches (RBAs) are rigorous and up to date.

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