Balancing fraud risk with the cost of information security investments is one of the toughest challenges chief financial officers (CFO) face. CFOs need to invest in technology that stops fraudsters and protects company assets, but budget challenges don’t allow for unfettered spending.
Last month Apple revealed a cool feature in iOS 12 security: the device will scan incoming SMS messages for One Time Codes, used for 2FA, and then suggest those codes as an auto-fill function when relevant.
In recent years, the global financial sector has experienced a significant surge in new types of fraud and cybercrime. Breaking it down to geographic regions, we see that these dynamics are influenced by a wide array of factors such as the political setting, financial practices, IT structures and the regulatory environment.
Peer to Peer payments have been around since the early days of digital commerce, and mobile P2P passed the $120 billion mark last year. One in three American consumers use P2P apps to make instant payments to friends, relatives, service providers, or anyone they owe money.
A CFO at a cybersecurity startup receives an urgent email from his CEO, who happened to be on a business trip at the time. “David, we need to transfer $40,000 to X this morning to lock in a discount price from this supplier. The bank details are below. I will be in a meeting so please confirm with me by email it was done. Thank you.” The CEO returns to the office later that day and the CFO proudly tells him that the transaction has been completed.