Global analytics software provider, FICO, has released new research that highlights the key challenges North American fraud and financial crime teams faced amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of senior executives (68 per cent) said that remote working had a major impact on maintaining effective fraud and financial crime prevention functions within their organisations, during the past 12 months.

The survey, conducted by independent research firm OMDIA, found that over a third of respondents (38 per cent) said COVID-19 lockdowns were a main operational challenge.  For instance, managing collaboration between anti-financial crime functions and enabling productivity of staff working completely from home during the pandemic. Especially, as fraud and financial crime departments experienced increased levels of fraud attacks – with almost three-quarters (70 per cent) saying the increased fraud attacks had a major impact on their operations.

Additional operational challenges impacting fraud protection functions included:

  • Obtaining skilled and experienced staff (38 per cent)
  • Insufficient Resources (36 per cent)
  • Customer experience impact of anti-financial crime activities (45 per cent)
  • Use of multiple systems across operational processes (46 per cent)

“The pandemic put stress on numerous industries and functions, including fraud and financial crime, as fraudsters tried to take advantage of new opportunities and changing customer behaviour,” said TJ Horan, vice president of product management, at FICO.  “As we come to the one-year mark for COVID-19 measures such as remote workforces, these findings illustrate how teams managing fraud are demanding flexibility, centralized decisioning, automation, as well as an integrated platform to drive effectiveness.  It is encouraging to see how today’s teams are rapidly evolving to handle the fight against financial crime.”

Throughout the pandemic, one of the biggest demands on fraud and financial crime operations has been the ability to quickly adjust.  Senior executives identified a few key areas that they look to continue to improve.  For instance, the need for institutions to better identify emerging financial crime challenges (54 per cent).  Gaining the ability to see full customer-level view when investigating alerts (43 per cent).  Also, 38 per cent noted the need to increase the speed in responding to evolving threats.  Lastly, 64 per cent stated a continued effort to enable work from home staff.

For full survey results, view the report.

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