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23rd September 2021 | Press Releases

Cyber risk the top threat for financial institutions

Download the Index at: https://www.acuiti.io/acuiti-krm22-capital-markets-risk-sentiment-index/

Inaugural KRM22 Capital Markets Risk Sentiment Index finds threat of hacking the top concern for senior market executives

London – 9 September 2021: The threat of cyberattacks is the top concern for senior executives in global capital markets, the newly launched KRM22 Capital Markets Risk Sentiment Index (CMRSI) has found.

The KRM22 CMRSI, compiled by Acuiti, is a measure of how senior executives perceive a variety of risks facing their business, how prepared they are to deal with them and where firms are investing in risk management.

Cyber Risk topped the list of risks followed by market risk and compliance readiness for new regulations. Internal technology risk and regulatory monitoring and reporting also featured in the top 5 risks facing firms.

The inaugural report found differences between company types as to how different risks are perceived. Market risk was the top concern for banks and proprietary trading firms and cyber risk for the buy-side and brokers.

The biggest mismatch between the extent of the risk and the ability to mitigate it was seen in cyber risk while internal technology risk also presents a significant challenge for firms when it comes to their ability to mitigate risks they rate as high or critical.

Respondents felt most able to manage market risk, which is second in the KRM22 Risk Sentiment Index as well as regulatory reporting, which came third. Both of which have seen significant investment in technology solutions over the past five years.

For risks that were rated as high or critical, respondents felt least able to mitigate external risks such as Brexit fallout or Climate risk.

The index also tracked increases in spending on risk management and found that brokers were most likely to have increased spending over the past six months with 55% of respondents having done so. This compares with half of banks, 35% of buyside respondents and 7% of proprietary trading firms.

“The purpose of the Capital Markets Risk Sentiment Index is to track over time how different risks present themselves to senior executives across global markets,” says Will Mitting, founder of Acuiti.

“The inaugural report finds a significant mis-match between the risks that cyberattacks present to financial institutions and how able executives feel to mitigate that risk. While cyber is the top risk for firms, it featured 10th in how confident respondents were in their ability to manage that risk. We expect to see investment in this area increase as a result.”

To download the full report, visit https://www.acuiti.io/acuiti-krm22-capital-markets-risk-sentiment-index/


For more information, contact Will Mitting

Tel.: +44 (0) 203 998 9190

Email: willmitting@acuiti.io

About Acuiti

Acuiti is a management intelligence platform designed to provide Senior Industry Professionals in the Derivatives Industry with high-value insight into industry-wide performance and business operations. Acuiti provides a platform through which our exclusive network of Senior Industry Executives can share and source information on day-to-day operational challenges, providing them and their management teams with increased transparency and in-depth analysis to make more informed decisions and benchmark company performance. Financial Institutions benefiting from our services include Banks, Non-bank FCMs, Brokers, Proprietary Trading Firms, Hedge Funds and Asset Managers.

About KRM22

KRM22 is a specialist software investment business led by industry experts, with an investment focus on risk management software and technology predominantly for capital markets. KRM22 envisions a world in which capital market organizations operate at an optimal threshold of risk to improve alpha and drive increasing profits. It is our mission to deliver a Global Risk Platform that brings increased visibility of risks to CEOs and senior executives while simultaneously lowering the cost of risk management systems to capital market organisations.