Cyber Security: Is Blockchain the Answer?

Cyber security has long been a serious matter for financial institutions and corporates alike, but fintech and the digital era make cyber security more of an issue. Delivery of products and services through digital channels means that more systems are available to scrutiny by malefactors. The continuing adoption of fintech APIs (by which institutions provide their clients with third party services) and cloud computing may introduce further vulnerabilities. Meanwhile, the growth of the digital economy is also creating a large population of highly trained technologists — potentially creating greater numbers of cyber attackers and cyber thieves.

Cyber threats affect all industries, but financial institutions are particularly at risk, because of the direct financial gain possible from a cyber intrusion. An important question is whether the existing cyber security guidelines issued by various industry organizations will continue to be adequate in the age of fintech and digital financial services.

Fortunately, the evolution of fintech also entails the development of new technologies aimed at creating the next generation of cyber security. A number of startups are beginning to develop applications using semantic analysis and machine learning to tackle KYC, AML and fraud issues. Significantly, IBM Watson and eight universities recently unveiled an initiative aimed at applying artificial intelligence to thwart cyber attacks.

The traditional cyber security paradigm is one of “defense,” and unfortunately defenses can always be breached. Artificial intelligence, as advanced as it is, still represents the traditional cyber security paradigm of “defense,” putting up physical and virtual walls and fortifications to protect against or react to attacks, breaches, and fraud or other financial crime.

What if there were a technology that broke through this “defense” paradigm and instead made cyber security an integral aspect of financial technology?

This is precisely the approach taken to cyber security by blockchain technology.

Bank consortia and startups alike are engaged in efforts to develop distributed ledgers for transfer of value (payments) and for capital markets trading (where the execution of complex financial transactions is done through blockchain-based smart contracts). Accordingly, distributed ledgers and smart contracts are likely to one day have a place in treasury operations, for both payments and trading.

Blockchain is gaining attention primarily because its consensus-based, distributed structure may create new business models within financial services. In addition, though, blockchain technology has at its core encryption technologies that not only keep it secure, but are actually the mechanism by which transactions are completed and recorded. In the case of Bitcoin, blockchain has demonstrated that its encryption technologies are quite secure. The further development of blockchain will necessarily entail significant enhancements in next-generation encryption technologies such as multi-party computation and homomorphic encryption, which are already under development. In other words, blockchain is likely to not only play a role in altering the way payments and capital markets transactions are undertaken, but also in the way next-generation financial systems are secured.

Nominations for the 2016 Asia Insurance Technology Awards (AITAs) are now open

The Asia Insurance Technology Awards (AITAs) recognize excellence and innovation in the use of technology within the insurance industry in the Asia Pacific Region.

Nominations for the 2016 AITA Awards are now open. Please find more information on Celent website http://www.celent.com/aita, and you can download the nomination form from there. The deadline for submitting the nomination form is 24 June 2016.

AITA AWARDS CATEGORIES

IT Leadership

This award honours an individual who has displayed clear vision and leadership in the delivery of technology to the business. The recipient will have been responsible for deriving genuine value from technology and has demonstrated this trait with a specific project or through ongoing leadership.

Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations, however vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor.

Best Insurer: Technology

This award honours the insurer who has made the most progress in embracing technology across the organisation.

Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations. However, vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor.

Digital Transformation

This award honours an insurer or broker who has made the most progress in implementing digitization initiatives, such as sale and service of products online, eco-system integration (such as with business partners, repair shops, medical providers, distribution, etc.), leveraging social networks, work-place enablement (such as BYOD, collaboration tools, etc.), business process automation (STP), engaging user interface design, or leveraging mobile technology.
 
Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations, however vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor.
 
Big Data and Analytics

This award honours insurer or broker who has made the most progress in utilizing data analytics technologies, such as predictive analytics (claims fraud, underwriting, pricing, climate analysis), prescriptive analytics (triage, sales automation, ‘next best action’), and virtualization (dashboards and heat maps, catastrophe management, network analysis, geo-political risk analysis).

Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations, however vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor.

Best Newcomer

This award recognizes the best new player in the insurance technology field. The recipient will have introduced a game-changing solution to the industry.

Nomination accepted from insurers, vendors and Fintech/Insurtech firms

Innovation

This award recognizes the innovation business model, applying of emerging technology, or the innovative usage of technology.

Nomination accepted from insurers, vendors  and Fintech/Insurtech firms

Reporting from Celent’s Model Insurer Asia Summit

If 2015 was the year of FinTech, 2016 will surely be the year that InsurTech comes into its own. Celent has been presenting our views on InsurTech and emerging technologies at insurance conferences throughout Asia for some time now, so naturally we see this as a welcome—and inevitable—development.

We held our 7th Annual Model Insurer Asia Awards event in Singapore last month, with presentations focusing on InsurTech and digital financial services. Celent Research Director Karlyn Carnahan set the tone with a keynote presentation on the challenges facing insurers as customers are increasingly seeking real-time, digital interactions tailored to their personal needs and channel preferences. Karlyn outlined the steps to becoming a digital insurer and provided many insights on how insurers can embrace the digital paradigm. In the afternoon session, Karlyn also led a peer-to-peer discussion on how insurers in Asia are responding to these significant changes in the digital landscape.

We were delighted to have GoBear, one of the stars of Asia InsurTech, on the program. GoBear is an online financial services aggregator with a decidedly digital offering that is expanding at a remarkably fast pace throughout Southeast Asia. In his keynote presentation, GoBear’s CEO Andre Hesselink discussed how his firm developed their product with the goal of better serving consumers while at the same time satisfying the business needs of their suppliers, the insurance carriers. Quite the balancing act I am sure.

Celent Analyst KyongSun Kong presented the results of Celent’s annual Asia Insurance CIO survey, revealing that nearly 80% of insurers surveyed are engaged in digital transformation initiatives.

Finally, we came to the heart of the event: the Model Insurer Asia Awards themselves. This year we celebrated best-practice technology initiatives at 14 insurers, including ICICI Lombard General Insurance, Taikang Insurance, multinationals Aegon and MetLife, and online insurance innovator DirectAsia, among many others. All winning initiatives are profiled in our report Celent Model Insurer Asia 2016: Case Studies of Effective Technology Use in Insurance.

Telematics Car Insurance Services Company

TOYOTA

Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd. (AD), Toyota Financial Services Corporation (TFS) and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced on April 13th that their respective U.S. subsidiaries have established a jointly owned telematics car insurance services company, Toyota Insurance Management Solutions USA, LLC (TIMS).

The aim of establishing the new company is to contribute―from the point of automobile insurance―to the achievement of their vision of a mobile society that is safe, secure and convenient. I'm quite sure that it will have a great impact both on the insurers and the automobile manufacturers. (*1)

Global Telematics (and telematics insurance) industry map, now consists of these three layers: (*2)

  1. Generate the data, and transmit
  2. Accumulates the data, analysis, and sell
  3. Use the data in a variety of applications

Accumulators on the cloud include data analytics vendors and public sector companies like the Credit Bureau. They are facing challenges in exchange services. Among many data users, there are the traditional insurance companies including car insurance, life insurance, and medical insurance, as well as the emerging InsurTech companies. (*3)

 

(*1) New Telematics Car Insurance Services Company to be Launched in U.S.

http://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/detail/11775458/

(*2) Insurers and the Internet of Things

http://bit.ly/1pWpizL

(*3) Telematics and Japanese Insurer Business Strategies

http://bit.ly/1WBzquI

Asia Conference on Bancassurance

This is an exciting time for the Financial Services sector in Asia.

It seems every day we hear of new “innovation” or “disruption” (depending on your point of view).

However, the sheer volume of all this noise can be overwhelming.

How do you determine what you need to listen to out of the cacophony of voices?

We can help. We do the listening for you.

 

Join us as we examine the hottest trends Insurtech, Digital & Modernization!

Among the topics we will cover are:

  • Mega trend about FinTech & InsurTech
  • Brief Introduction about Celent’s Framework of Digital
  • Main topics will be on…Legacy Modernization
  • Final Thoughts & Recommendations: The new shape of the industry

 

Asia Insurance Review’s 17th Asia Bancassurance Conference

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テレマティクス自動車保険サービス会社

米国におけるテレマティクス自動車保険サービス会社設立がプレスリリースされました。

成熟し競争の激しい市場において、単なる研究開発に留まらず、実ビジネスを進める日系最大手自動車メーカーと保険会社による今回の挑戦は、新たな経験と大きな成果をもたらし、日本の各業界にも大きなインパクトをもたらすものと確信します。(*1)

先進市場においては既に、IoTデータの①発信②蓄積/分析/販売③活用、といった3階層のサービス分離(モジュール化)が進んでいます。FinTechの取り組みにおいても上記3分野で、新たなサービス事業が誕生しています。(*2)

このような背景の下、今後は、②IoTデータの蓄積/分析/販売による『自動車運転情報のサービスビューロー』となりえたものが成功の鍵を握ると考えます。クレジットカードやローンの審査時に参照する『クレジットヒストリー』と同様に、保険の引受審査時に『安全運転履歴』や『健康管理履歴』が活用される時代の到来を予期します。(*3) (*4)

 

(*1) 米国でテレマティクス自動車保険サービス会社を設立

http://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/jp/detail/11775445/

(*2) IoT時代の保険会社

http://bit.ly/1kbM43L

(*3) テレマティクス保険と、日本の保険会社の事業戦略

http://bit.ly/1Cn0j8f

(*4) テレマティクスの業界地図

http://bit.ly/1SlDLSu

 

FINOLAB

liquidI recently paid a visit to Finolab, an innovative initiative in Tokyo designed to help support fintech initiatives. Officially dubbed The FinTech Center of Tokyo Finolab, the facility is an incubation office that opened in the Tokyo Bankers Association Building in February 2016. Sponsored by multiple firms (*1), the center is designed to support the […]Continue reading...

FINOLAB

FINOLABFINOLABを訪問しました。FINOLAB(The FinTech Center of Tokyo FINOLAB)は、2016年2月、東京銀行協会ビルに開設されたフィンテック企業のためのインキュベーションオフィス。スタートアップの創業・成長を支援し、企業や投資家などへのプレゼンテーションやマッチングの拠点となるべく、複数企業(*1) のスポンサーシップにより開設されました。 眺望の素晴らしさに、ロンドンのLevel39(*2) を思い浮かべたのは、私だけではないと思います。和田倉噴水公園のモニュメントや大噴水が眼下に広がり、桜田巽櫓から皇居外苑を一望。その先には、日本の中枢、霞が関が展望されます。見通しの良さは、イノベーションに不可欠な要素。バーチャル空間だけでなく、フィジカルなロケーションも、つながるためにはとても重要な要素です。 「『日本に世界最高の金融イノベーションが生まれる土壌、環境、エコシステムを創ろう』。その熱い想いに賛同する有望フィンテックスタートアップやステークホルダーが集い、イノベーションを創発し、エコシステムをつなげる場が、FINOLABです。」FINOVATORSのファウンダーで、FINOLABの運営に携わるISIDの伊藤千恵氏はこう語りました。日本の金融の中心地「大手町」に誕生したこのスペースは、日本のフィンテックシーンの今を象徴するものと感じました。   当日は、すでにFINOLABに入居し、その住所に法人登記するリキッドの鶴岡章氏から、同社の取り組みも拝聴しました。同社は、次世代の生体認証検索エンジンを中核に、クレジットカードレス、ポイントカードレスを実現する決済サービス「Liquid」を提供しています。Liquidリーダー(指紋リーダー)を、USBポート経由でレジPOSに加えることで、指紋決済を可能とします。 従来、指紋認証は指紋の突合に要する時間がボトルネックでしたが、同社のテクノロジーは、その高速化に成功しました。日本の生体認証は、『本人確認』から『本人特定』する技術へ進化しました。次に期待される分野は、画像処理と大規模データ処理を通じた、識別対象の拡大です。その技術とサービスの全てをクラウドで提供するリキッドの取り組みに、個人認証といった金融サービスにおいて極めてプリミティブな領域を、大胆に、そして繊細に融解してゆく可能性を感じました。   (*1) FINOLABは、三菱地所(株)、(株)電通、(株)電通国際情報サービス(ISID)による3社協業事業。その運営は(社)金融革新同友会FINOVATORS が協力し、ウェブサイトFINOLAB.jp はFINOLAB事業の一環として、(株)電通、(株)電通国際情報サービスが運営している。http://finovators.org/ http://finolab.jp/ (*2) Level39はロンドンの新金融街Canary Wharf にある、フィンテックアクセラレータ拠点。2013年に開設当時の雰囲気は、セレント証券ブログに言及されている。http://www.level39.co/ http://bit.ly/1oLjby7    Continue reading...

ロボアドバイザー3.0の時代

Robo for blog2014年12月に発行した弊社レポート「ロボアドバイザーをめぐるディスラプション」では、ロボアドバイザーのもたらす脅威に対し、伝統的なウェルスマネジメント会社がどう取り組んでいるのかを記載しました。 その後今日に至るまで、ロボアドバイザーの世界は大きな変化を遂げました。 ロボアドバイザーの黎明期(「ロボアドバイザー1.0」の時代)は、Charles SchwabやVanguardといった、多様なビジネスを手がけるアセットマネジメント会社の独自ロボアドバイザーの登場とともに終わりを告げ、「ロボアドバイザー2.0」の時代へと入りました。また最近では、より純粋なアセットマネジメント会社であるBlackRockやInvescoの参入も話題となったところです。 こういったアセットマネジメント会社の戦略的意図や将来性について、セレントは独自の分析を行い、先日発刊した最新レポートでその見解を示しました。本レポートでは、富裕層をターゲットとする証券会社など、伝統的な投資サービス提供企業への影響や示唆についても考察をし、さらには「ロボアドバイザー3.0」にも触れました。潤沢な資金を持つIT企業や、イノベーティブな心をもった既存金融機関による、より高機能で、より多くの投資家層に適用可能な「ロボアドバイザー3.0」の誕生に対し、アセットマネジメント会社の参入がどんな影響を及ぼすのかを分析しています。Continue reading...

Celent Analyst and Insight Day

IMG_2187Celent analysts and their insights gathered in Tokyo. The informative conference presentations were followed by a heated discussion with the thought leaders in the financial industry, on the role of the financial services in the future, which should make a big leap forward both locally and globally. At the conference, the fifteen hottest topics were […]Continue reading...