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Just one in five banks and insurers confident they could detect a cybersecurity breach

02 Feb 2017

Paris – Banks and insurers enjoy a significantly higher level of trust from consumers in the cybersecurity of their systems (83%) than any other sector (with e-commerce firms at 28% and both telcos and retailers at 13%). However, the financial services industry doesn’t share the same sentiment. Just one in five banking executives (21%) are highly confident in their ability to detect a breach, let alone defend against it. This is the finding of a report published today by Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute, titled ‘The Currency of Trust: Why Banks and Insurers Must Make Customer Data Safer and More Secure’

Consumers See Their Trust in Banks and Insurers as Vital

The majority of consumers view trust in data privacy and security as an extremely significant factor when choosing their bank (65%). Despite the importance they attach to the security and handling of sensitive financial data, consumers appear to instinctively trust banks and insurers without strong reason. The gap in consumers’ perception and the reality is perhaps exemplified by the fact that though one in four financial institutions reported to having been victim of a hack, only 3% of consumers believe their own bank has ever been breached.

Financial Services Institutions Challenged to Secure Data

While financial institutions, particularly banks, are spending a staggering amount of money securing their systems, the number and frequency of data breaches is still rising. The evolving nature of the threat and lack of clarity among leaders perhaps explains why, despite high levels of investment, 71% of organizations do not have a balanced security strategy nor strong data privacy practices.

With GDPR on the Horizon, Public Awareness of Breaches will Rise

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), European legislation due to come into effect in May 2018, will force organizations to disclose data breaches within 72 hours or face large penalties. Though an EU law, the Regulation will apply to companies (whether EU based nor not) that process personal data of European citizens, and is expected to affect banks and insurers in the US, UK and Asia. While compliance will be essential and is just over a year away, among executives surveyed only a third (32%) described their organization as having made strong progress in implementing the draft guidelines.

When Trust in Financial Institutions Fails, Customers Will Leave

Though many instinctively trust their banks and insurers with their data, once this trust is broken they are likely to act. Three quarters of consumers (74%) would switch their provider in the event of a data breach. Among those who would remain with their bank or insurer if their information were compromised, over a quarter say they would be cautious about further investments.

Research Methodology

Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute conducted a survey with 7,600 consumers in France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States, who shared their views on data privacy and security within the financial services industry. In addition, Capgemini’ s Institute talked to 183 senior data privacy and security professionals in France, Germany, India, Spain, United Kingdom and United States representing bank and insurance firms, each with global revenues greater than $500 million, to understand their approach to cybersecurity and data use. 40% of organizations surveyed have revenues above 10 billion USD.

About Capgemini

With more than 180,000 people in over 40 countries, Capgemini is a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The Group reported 2015 global revenues of EUR 11.9 billion. Together with its clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business, technology and digital solutions that fit their needs, enabling them to achieve innovation and competitiveness. A deeply multicultural organization, Capgemini has developed its own way of working, the Collaborative Business ExperienceTM, and draws on Rightshore®, its worldwide delivery model. Learn more about us at

About the Digital Transformation Institute

The Digital Transformation Institute is Capgemini’s in-house think-tank on all things digital. The Institute publishes research on the impact of digital technologies on large traditional businesses. The team draws on the worldwide network of Capgemini experts and works closely with academic and technology partners. The Institute has dedicated research centers in the United Kingdom and India.

Mike Turner, Global Cybersecurity Chief Operating Officer at Capgemini, said: “Consumers implicitly trust banks with their money and data, but this faith is rooted in a mistaken belief their provider can be 100% secure. While banks are evolving to combat the sophisticated threat cybercriminals pose, public understanding of the threats and challenges remains low.”

The study of 7,600 consumers and over 180 senior data privacy and security professionals from banking and insurance firms from eight countries (France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States) highlights the gap between the level of trust placed in banks by the public and the reality.

“When GDPR is introduced and all breaches are likely to be made public soon after they occur, many people will be in for a surprise,” said Zhiwei Jiang, Global Head of Financial Services, Insights & Data at Capgemini. “The introduction of GDPR legislation next year is a prime opportunity for business transformation for banks and insurers to become the digital fortresses consumers believe them to be.”Rightshore® is a trademark belonging to Capgemini