In a recent article in the April edition of FinTech magazine, we considered what the cybersecurity threat landscape for fintechs and the financial services sector would look like in 2020.
This was based on reporting by Accenture and its 2019 Ninth Annual Cost of Cybercrime report, which found that financial services incurred the highest cybercrime costs among all industries in 2018.
Accenture found several key drivers for this increased threat level, including: evolving targets, evolving impact of the crime and evolving techniques of the cyber criminals.
Accenture’s report considered many industries and sectors worldwide, including banking.
It said that: "As industries evolve and disrupt the current environment, threats are dramatically expanding while becoming more complex. This requires more security innovation to protect company ecosystems. The subsequent cost to our organisations and economies is substantial - and growing.”
It found that:
In a separate post about the report, Accenture set out some of the key recommendations following the results of its research. There are:
Prioritise the protection of people-based assets: countering internal threats such as malicious insiders, and a rise in phishing and ransomware attacks
Invest so as to limit business disruption and information loss: this is becoming an increasing concern for businesses worldwide as a result of GDPR and CCPA regulations
Implement technologies that reduce rising costs: this includes automation, security intelligence and advanced analytics to manage the increasing costs of discovering attacks.
Read more from Accenture here.
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