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Huge operational challenges in 2019 as technology impact grows

TD Bank’s annual survey of treasury and finance professionals at the 2018 AFP’s conference last November showed that:

  • risk of payments fraud/cybersecurity topped professionals' list of concerns, with 44% naming it their top operational challenge, a 14% year-over-year increase
  • ability to adapt to or process faster/electronic payments = obstacle for 37%, a 14% increase year-over-year
  • 60% of respondents expect to see the largest amount of growth this year within faster or real-time processing, an 8% increase from last year.  

Despite industry uncertainties new technologies being used more 

Blockchain/distributed ledger technology: 

  • majority of survey respondents (90%) feel that  will have some type of positive effect on the payments industry:
  • ability to create stronger audit trails (29%)
  • speeding up the payments process (22%)
  • improving the efficiency of cross-border payments (21 %)
  • reducing payments fraud (18%)

Use of open APIs:

  • 50% of respondents claim that their organization currently uses or is in the process of integrating open APIs 
  • 49% do not use open APIs and nearly a quarter of that group does not have plans to do so in the future

More technology training: Survey respondents said their organization has training strategies specifically for:

  • data and analytics (45%)
  • AI and automation (26 %)
  • blockchain (14%).


Fraud/cybersecurity threats were top of mind of all respondents AND they want help from their bank/Financial Institution:

  • 98% of respondents thought that financial institutions should assist organizations with protecting against fraud and cybercrime
  • 55% felt that financial institutions can help them better protect against fraud and cybercrime through education
  • 25% of finance professionals surveyed feel that banks should offer greater controls on transactions
  • 18% want risk or process reviews.

But 48% of respondents admitted that their company does not have any in-house cyber fraud prevention training.

CTMfile take: The challenges in managing technology are going to be the single biggest challenge in 2019: moving to instant/real-time payments and liquidity management and managing fraud/cybersecurity. 

This item appears in the following sections:
Fraud Prevention
Minimizing Fraud Procedures
Payments - Bill Collection
Payments - Collecting at POS
Payments - Making
Risk Management
ERM - Enterprise Risk Management

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