Financial Technologies

Financial Technologies

  • ASTRI supports the development of FinTech in Hong Kong in three distinct workstreams: Cybersecurity, Blockchain and Big Data Analytics.

    For Cybersecurity research and development, we have Cybersecurity and Analytics (CSA) Group and ASTRI Security Laboratory (ASL). The CSA Group focuses on platform technology development where big data analytics and machine learning are used for automated security threat analytics. On the other hand, ASL focuses on developing skill-sets of security professionals – helping them to perform ethical hacking, advanced reverse engineering, crypt-analysis and third party security assessment opinions.

    ASTRI CSA group and ASL supports the Cybersecurity Fortification Initiative (CFI) pursued by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). We are developing a Cyber Intelligence Sharing Platform in association with the Hong Kong Association of Banks for sharing intelligence on cyber-attacks. We are also developing a cybersecurity simulation platform along with Hong Kong’s law enforcement agency for cybersecurity professional development – including practice opportunities for trainees to master attack and defence techniques.

    Working on big data analytics research and development, ASTRI Data analytics group leverages big data technologies such as Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, Elasticsearch as well as machine learning, deep learning and graph algorithms to provide data management, analytics and regulatory solutions. We are working with banks for enhanced customer engagement solutions, including customer profile analysis, personalised product recommendation, and customer retention analysis. We are also working on RegTech solutions, such as crypto-currency (e.g. bitcoin) transaction surveillance, to help derive real-time intelligence for Anti Money Laundering (AML) identification and financial crimes risk assessment.

    For Blockchain technology development, the related core competence group in ASTRI is experienced in building applications on major blockchain platforms, including Bitcoin, Monax, Corda, Ethereum and Hyperledger. In addition, the team works to enhance Blockchain consensus algorithm and network security. Commissioned by HKMA, ASTRI Blockchain core competence group is building a series of proofs-of-concept for application of Blockchain technology in the banking industry. The result and findings will be shared on a whitepaper to provide guidance to the banking industry and other sectors on the application of the technology. We have also partnered with Bank of China (Hong Kong) to develop a Blockchain-based property valuation system to simplify the existing paper-based and time-consuming property valuation process. The team will continue to collaborate with different financial institutions to develop Blockchain applications in areas like trade finance, mortgage, digital identity management and insurance.

    Research Areas & Focus

    Cybersecurity

    Developing platform technology and automated security threat analytics

    Training of security professionals

    Blockchain

    Building applications on major blockchain platforms, including Bitcoin, Monax, Corda, Ethereum and Hyperledger, etc.

    Enhancing the blockchain consensus algorithm and network security

    Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning

    Leveraging big data technologies as well as machine learning, deep learning and graph algorithms for providing data management, analytics and regulatory solutions

    Project Highlights

    ASTRI helps boost technical capabilities of participating start-ups in the Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific
    ASTRI helps boost technical capabilities of participating start-ups in the Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific
    ASTRI is a supporting organisation in the FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific, an annual 12-week men ...
    FinTech Career Accelerator Scheme 2.0 officially launched
    FinTech Career Accelerator Scheme 2.0 officially launched
    The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has launched the second edition of the FinTech Career Accele ...
    ASTRI supports HSBC Safeguard App Competition as technology enabler – provides training, technology platform and programming interfaces to contestants
    ASTRI supports HSBC Safeguard App Competition as technology enabler – provides training, technology platform and programming interfaces to contestants
    At the Demo Day of the Safeguard App Competition organised by HSBC on 13 December 2017, student team ...
    Beijing Fangshan Yancun Technology Park partners with ASTRI, to power its specialised FinTech innovation hub
    Beijing Fangshan Yancun Technology Park partners with ASTRI, to power its specialised FinTech innovation hub
    The 21st Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Collaboration Symposium was held in Hong Kong from 28-29 Novembe ...
    ASTRI partners with InvestHK for Hong Kong FinTech Week 2017
    ASTRI partners with InvestHK for Hong Kong FinTech Week 2017
    ASTRI partnered with InvestHK, organiser of the Hong Kong FinTech Week 2017, and contributed with in ...
    Blockchain
    Blockchain
    Blockchain (a.k.a. Distributed Ledger Technology) is a software platform which uses advanced cryptog ...
    Cyber Range
    Cyber Range
    Overview The first Cyber Range facility in Hong Kong was established at ASTRI in 2016. In collabora ...
    Whitepaper on Distributed Ledger Technology
    Whitepaper on Distributed Ledger Technology
    ASTRI was commissioned by the Fintech Facilitation Office (FFO) of the Hong Kong Monetary Author ...
    ASTRI’ s Smart Investment Platform
    ASTRI’ s Smart Investment Platform
    The Intelligent Investment Platform, developed jointly by ASTRI and t.Axiom, is capable of analysing ...
    ASTRI Security Lab
    ASTRI Security Lab
    ASTRI Security Lab (ASL) is a dedicated facility that drives focused cybersecurity R&D and knowl ...
    Cybersecurity Training
    Cybersecurity Training
    Professional Development Programme (PDP) The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) works with the H ...
    Cyber Intelligence Sharing Platform
    Cyber Intelligence Sharing Platform
    The group is currently working on a Cyber Intelligence Sharing Platform for the financial industry i ...
    HKMA-ASTRI Fintech Innovation Hub
    HKMA-ASTRI Fintech Innovation Hub
    Launched on 11 November 2016, the HKMA-ASTRI FinTech Innovation Hub (The Hub) is intended to be a ne ...