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A framework for preventing money laundering in banks

Vandana Pramod (Flextronics Global Services, Warrington, UK)
Jinghua Li (School of Business Administration, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, China)
Ping Gao (School of Business Administration, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)

Information Management & Computer Security

ISSN: 0968-5227

Article publication date: 13 July 2012



The purpose of this paper is to form a new framework for preventing money laundering by mapping COBIT (Control for Information and Related Technology) processes to COSO (Committee of Sponsoring Organisation) components.


First, a new framework for preventing money laundering in banks is formed by mapping COBIT to COSO. Further, the potential of the mapped framework to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act requirements is analysed.


The mapped framework effectively supports all the activities of financial sectors through defining efficient information technology‐based processes and control methods. Information systems play a key role for financial sectors in producing financial statements, managing customer databases, detecting frauds, etc.

Research limitations/implications

Case studies of banks of different sizes, and in different countries are needed. It is necessary to improve the mapped framework by considering Basel III regulations.

Practical implications

COBIT‐mapped‐COSO framework is useful for banks to fight money laundering. While adopting the new framework, an organisation should apply the best practices that suit its operations rather than all the control objectives.

Social implications

The new framework can help banks fight money laundering.


For preventing money laundering through banks, a number of policies and intelligence systems are in place. However, there is no efficient framework that could guide banks to follow these policies and use information technologies. This paper proposes a new framework to target these gaps.



Pramod, V., Li, J. and Gao, P. (2012), "A framework for preventing money laundering in banks", Information Management & Computer Security, Vol. 20 No. 3, pp. 170-183.



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