December 12, 2023

Impact of Digital Asset Custody in the Financial Landscape

In today’s ever-evolving financial landscape, the rise of digital assets marks a significant turning point in custody practices. The traditional understanding of asset custody is undergoing a radical change with the emergence of digital assets powered by blockchain technology.
Impact of Digital Asset Custody in the Financial Landscape

In today’s ever-evolving financial landscape, the rise of digital assets marks a significant turning point in custody practices. The traditional understanding of asset custody is undergoing a radical change with the emergence of digital assets powered by blockchain technology.  

The value that qualified digital asset custodians bring is not only within the digital finance landscape, but they also bridge and fulfil operational pain points from traditional financial institutions such as asset managers and hedge funds looking to diversify their portfolios into alternative investments.

With qualified third-party custodians, we are revolutionizing how we store, manage, and secure valuable assets, presenting a shift in the financial industry.  

Understanding the Concept of Digital Asset Custody  

Custody, in general, embodies the safeguarding and protection of valuable assets—a fundamental practice in the financial world. However, in the context of digital assets, custody takes on a unique form known as digital asset custody. It refers to the secure storage and management of cryptographic keys that grant access to digital assets on a blockchain network. Unlike traditional custody methods reliant on physical storage, digital assets custody relies on robust encryption and decentralized technologies to ensure the safety and integrity of these assets.  

The Impact on the Financial Industry

The potential impact of digital asset custody on the financial industry is multifaceted and far-reaching:  

Enhanced Security

Digital assets custodians offer robust security measures to protect private keys from unauthorized access, loss, or theft. Using technology like multi-factor authentication (MFA) to add layers of security to reduce these risks. Licensed digital asset custodians like Rakkar employ advanced security protocols and technology such as MPC-CMP technology, multi-factor authentication, and encryption to ensure the safekeeping of private keys and digital assets.

Regulatory Compliance

Compliance and regulatory frameworks are evolving to accommodate digital assets, and this includes digital asset custody practices. Institutional involvement in digital asset custody inherently demands adherence to stringent regulatory frameworks, including licensing regimes that necessitate specific permits or operational licenses for custodial services. Moreover, compliance encompasses rigorous implementation of essential protocols know-your-customer (KYC) procedures, Anti-Money Laundering (AML), and Counter-Terrorist Financing (CTF) protocols. Digital asset custodians possess adeptness in navigating these regulatory landscapes and implementing requisite compliance measures to ensure institutions fulfill their legal obligations.  

Governance and Control

With the recent FTX incident highlighting the vulnerabilities within the digital asset space, the importance of robust governance and control mechanisms has been underscored. Institutions are increasingly prioritizing custodial solutions that not only fortify security but also elevate governance standards. Digital asset custodians must store clients’ digital assets in segregated vaults to provide transparency, facilitate easy ownership verification, and grant clients full control over access to each vault. It is also crucial not to compromise flexibility and speed when engaging with a third-party custodial service.  

Innovative Financial Products

Advanced custody solutions enable the creation of innovative financial products and services. Tokenization of traditional assets leverages secure custody solutions to unlock new possibilities. Learn more about our partnership with OpenEden here.  

Scalability and Future Preparedness

Digital asset custodians will continuously adapt to support new digital assets, technologies, and regulatory changes. By partnering with a digital asset custody provider, institutions gain access to a flexible and scalable infrastructure that can accommodate their expanding digital asset portfolios.  

Conclusion

Rakkar Digital, Asia’s leading qualified digital asset custodian, provides digital asset custody solutions for institutions. Our bank-backed platform provides clients with the highest level of asset security and regulatory compliance by employing MPC-CMP technology and multi-factor authentication to safeguard our clients’ digital assets from cyber-attacks, loss, and human errors. With the MPC-CMP technology, the private keys are now decentralised so that no single party will have access to the complete key – eliminating the single point of failure. Click here to find out more about our custody platform and schedule a demo to learn more about our technological capabilities.

In conclusion, the emergence of secure digital assets custody not only fortifies asset security and protection but also propels institutional adoption while ensuring compliance with evolving regulatory frameworks. The future of digital assets custody lies at the intersection of security, compliance, and adaptability.  

About Rakkar

Rakkar stands as Asia's leading qualified digital asset custodian, offering unparalleled asset security to financial institutions. Fortified by our strategic backing from SCB 10X, the investment arm of the Siam Commercial Bank, Rakkar Digital helms the industry’s leading bank-calibre security measures and compliance frameworks. Founded in 2022 and belting esteemed security excellence certifications such as ISO 27001 and SOC 2 Type 1 and Type 2, Rakkar Digital remains unwavering in its mission to offer the most secure, institutional-grade custodian services across Asia.

Disclaimer: Digital assets involve risks; investors should complete independent due diligence and research to carefully make investments according to their own risk profile.
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