Should Cyber Risk Governance take Centre-Stage in Financial Services?
Based on the authors remarks at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting on Cybersecurity, 12-13 November 2019 where he chaired two sessions.
It feels as though cyber risk has crept up on us without warning and with great intensity.
We have come a long way from the days when our palm pilots had to be hot-sync’d through a docking station and the occasional hazard was from viruses transmitted as email attachments. Over the years, we have embraced extreme connectivity combined with extreme automation in a never-ending drive towards convenience and cost-efficiency.
However, even as banks continue to nudge, cajole (and perhaps occasionally threaten) their customers towards impersonal e-channels, we learn about record amounts of losses from online fraud and theft. Furthermore, all of us – not just the specialists - are asked to act as conscription soldiers in the fight against this threat.
According to a report by Accenture, almost eight out of ten business leaders believe that they are adopting new technologies faster than they can address related security issues. It also estimates that nearly $350 billion of value could be lost by the banking sector to cybercrime in the next five years.
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