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FinTech RisX: Navigating Operational Risk in the Digital Finance Era

In the vibrant and constantly evolving world of financial technology, the management of operational risk stands as a critical pillar ensuring the integrity and resilience of financial systems. My tenure at Paytm Payments Bank and Airtel Payments Bank has provided me with a front-row seat to the challenges and triumphs in this domain.

At Paytm, amidst the company’s meteoric rise to serve over 300 million customers, I encountered firsthand the escalating threats from fraudsters and cybercriminals. My role was pivotal in fortifying our defenses, focusing on combating financial crimes and conducting thorough post-fraud investigations. The experience was akin to a high-stakes game of chess, where anticipating the adversary’s moves was key. Addressing major concerns like Account Takeover (ATO), Social Engineering, and Phishing, I harnessed data analysis and predictive analytics to craft strategies that effectively minimized risks.

Transitioning to my current role at Airtel Payments Bank, the canvas of my responsibilities expanded. Here, my focus is not just on identifying and mitigating risks but also on actively engaging with customers for scenario clarification. This direct interaction has been instrumental in enhancing our approach to identifying potential frauds, making our responses more agile and customer-centric. My role in strategizing for potential recovery has been crucial in minimizing financial losses, preserving both our reputation and customer trust.

What these experiences have cemented for me is the undeniable truth that in the FinTech sector, operational risk management is not just about protecting assets; it’s about safeguarding the trust and confidence of millions who embrace digital finance. It requires a blend of vigilance, technological innovation, and, most importantly, a deep understanding of human behavior.

As I continue my journey, I’m excited to share these insights and learnings with a wider audience through my LinkedIn newsletter, "FinTech RisX." Whether you’re a professional in the FinTech industry, an enthusiast of digital finance, or simply curious about the intersection of technology and finance, "FinTech RisX" is your gateway to understanding the intricacies of operational risk in the digital era.

Join me as we delve into the world of FinTech, exploring cutting-edge strategies, real-world case studies, and expert analyses designed to equip you with the knowledge to navigate this dynamic field.


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