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Kaspersky Says Banks Face Online Identity Crisis

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One in four banks globally find it difficult to verify the identity of online banking customers.

This is according to Kaspersky Lab’s Financial Institutions Security Risks survey, which found 24% of banks worldwide struggle with the identification of their customers when delivering digital and online banking services.

The study, conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, surveyed more than 800 representatives from financial institutions around the globe. The report focuses on the latest trends in how cyber criminals steal money and data, as well as how the institutions plan to protect their customers from cyber threats.

“With the rise of online and mobile banking, more than half of banks (59%) anticipate growing financial losses due to fraud in the next three years. Customers are not only becoming victims of financial fraud, but also a major entry point for attacks on banks’ digital channels. Banks find themselves in need of security technologies, with most respondents admitting their systems are not able to verify the identity of online banking customers,” noted the study.

In 2016, 30% of banks had security incidents affecting banking services delivered via the Internet ? with phishing against customers, and using customer credentials for fraudulent activities as the top contributing factor leading to the attacks, according to Kaspersky Lab.

“While thinking of different approaches to secure digital and mobile channels, banks naturally avoid putting too much pressure on customers. Online banking should preserve its main benefits: as a convenient way of making financial transactions in seconds,” said Alexander Ermakovich, head of fraud prevention at Kaspersky Lab.

Based on the institutions surveyed, the costs of a cyber security incident to a financial institution can be as much as $926 000, notes the report. A previous study conducted by Kaspersky lab revealed over 79% of South African Internet users who have lost money at the hands of cyber criminals have only got some, or none, of their stolen funds back.

Business customers of financial institutions see average losses of $10 312, while consumers who have fallen victim typically see losses of about $1 446.

Earlier this month, Reuters reported the bosses of Wall Street banks Goldman Sachs and Citigroup fell victim to an e-mail prankster who also managed to connect with the head of Barclays and the governor of the Bank of England. The exchanges raised questions about the way banks’ computer systems handle e-mails to addresses outside their companies.

A Juniper Research report titled: “Online Payment Fraud: Key Vertical Strategies and Management 2016-2020”, found e-retail tops the list of online fraud with 65% of overall incidents estimated to reach $16.6 billion by 2020. Second on the list was online banking fraud, making up 27% of cases globally, which is valued at $6.9 billion.

In addition to two-factor authentication and other security procedures used by banks, Kaspersky recommends implementing dedicated solutions that can help to identify whether a person is authorised, without requiring additional actions from the user.

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Vodacom Director Urges Accountants to Leverage Sage/ACCA Partnership

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Mr Oluseyi Olanrewaju, the finance director at Vodacom Business Africa (Nigeria) Limited, has re-emphasised the need for accounting professionals to embrace digital culture.

He made the remark while delivering keynote address at Sage-ACCA Continuing Professional Development (CPA), event held in Lagos Tuesday, which was the launch of partnership between the two entities to provide platform for accountants to embrace digital transformations.

Olanrewaju emphasized that rapid growth and development in information technology has brought about digital revolution in economic, social and cultural fields, and bequeaths today’s accountant with the responsibility to improve on the skills to remain relevant.

With the recognition of the accounting discipline as an information system, he said, the accountants can’t undermine the influence that the changes in processes of carrying out transactions with the usage of IT in business operations.

In a bid to keep up with changing conditions and the enabling inclusion of information era the need to embrace the digital culture in accountancy can’t be overlooked especially in medium to large scale business.

“Technology should not be viewed as a threat rather tools to boost accounting profession. Digitization is the future; as accountants we can’t run from it. Yes, manual processes are ridden with high risks on accounting and costly. Thus, changes is the environment necessitates changes in applicable accounting tools and skills required to carry out accounting roles”, Olanrewaju said.

Determinants of business that qualify as medium to large include: IT staff & skills including several specialists, multiple locations, large capex in relation to other businesses in operation in the same industry and business with main considerations for technology purchases being advanced features and security.

Using the acronym: VUCA- Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous situations, he reminded the participants that, roles of accountants have changed overtime, demanding for real-time ‘results’. “The environment demands you react quickly to ongoing changes that are unpredictable; it requires you to take action. Therefore, there is little you can achieve today in the ‘VUCA’ world without digitization”.

The keynote speaker also applauded Sage X3 offering, such as robust accounting processes; consistency; time saving; delivers visible metrics; helps to improve operational efficiency and assists users to be in line with government regulations and international accounting rules.

Participants at the interactive session with other C-level ACCA members also learnt how Sage X3 offers the bedrock of the adjustments required in today’s accounting field.

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CBN 14% Interest Rate: Investors Still Expecting Cut

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Nigeria’s central bank has yet again left benchmark interest rates unchanged at 14% in November amid a ‘fragile’ economic recovery.

But, Lukman Otunuta research analyst ForexTimes, in his comment, believes investors are still keen on interest rate cut.

The apex bank also left the cash reserve ratio (CRR) at 22.5 percent.

CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele made this known on Tuesday while announcing the decision of the committee in Abuja.

Emefiele said only one of the nine members of the committee voted against the decision.

“Inflation in particular requires very close monitoring to gain clarity on the medium-term optimum path of monetary policy,” Emefiele told a news conference.

The monetary Policy Committee had begun its last meeting for the year on Monday.

According to the committee, the interest rate was held to prevent exchange rate pressure.

Commenting on the decision by the apex bank, Otunuga said, “With GDP growth in the third quarter rising by 1.40%, it seems that the central bank is hesitant to take action anytime soon.

“I believe that Nigeria’s improving economic landscape, and signs of inflationary pressures easing, are likely to support investor expectations of a rate cut.

“With inflation in Nigeria at 15.91%, there is a suspicion that the CBN may be waiting for a more sustained decline before moving ahead with rate cuts to support economic growth.

“As the year slowly comes to an end, investors will continue to observe Nigeria’s hard economic data and inflation figures for hints as to when the CBN might act in 2018”.

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Bitcoin Smashes Through $8,000 for the First time

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Bitcoin hit a new record high on Monday after smashing through the $8,000 level for the first time over the weekend, marking an almost 50 percent climb in just eight days.

The new high came after leading U.S. payments company Square Inc said late last week that it had started allowing select customers to buy and sell bitcoins on its Cash app.

Bitcoin traded as high as $8,197.81 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange, up over 2 percent on the day and around 48 percent up since dipping to $5,555 on Nov. 12.

An eye-watering eightfold increase in the value of the volatile cryptocurrency since the start of the year has led to muliple warnings that the market is in a bubble, and institutional investors are broadly staying away.

Retail investors, however, as well as some hedge funds and family offices, are piling into the market. The “market cap” of all cryptocurrencies hit an all-time high of over $242 billion on Monday, according to trade website Coinmarketcap.

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