Are disruptive innovations transforming the financial services landscape, or are we simply in the middle of a new technology cycle?

Since being propelled into the spotlight in 2009, the FinTech industry has grown exponentially and now stands at more 12,000 FinTech companies worldwide. Whilst the drive and passion of the founders of these companies is as strong as ever, the mood inside has changed from one of disintermediation to collaboration, accompanied by a shift in focus from front office to back office innovations.

Education: Cybersecurity 101 - Outwitting ingenious attackers

Cyber threats to payments are evolving fast, and are increasingly focused on exploiting weak payments processes and unsuspecting people, as well as vulnerable IT systems.

This talk will give examples of some recent (anonymised) successful attacks against financial institutions and the methods used by the attackers. In describing the attacks end-to-end it will illustrate the range of controls needed to defend against them - and dispel some myths as to the effectiveness of some traditional security controls.

Enhancing the cross-border payments experience in B2B

Committed to enhance the cross-border payments experience of their corporate customers, financial institutions worldwide have joined forces in 2016 in SWIFT's global payments innovation (gpi) initiative. The promise of a faster and more transparent payments service is keenly anticipated by many corporate treasurers. Expectations are high and there is plenty of appetite to build on this industry initiative to tackle further payment challenges.

Education: Cyber 101 – Artificial Intelligence for Information Security

InfoSec (information security) professionals are facing cyber threats that are increasing in both volume and complexity. Over the past year many discussions have taken place with security leaders about the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in InfoSec. Those discussions have highlighted a level of confusion concerning AI concepts. Specifically this confusion concerns the differences between Machine Learning (ML) and AI, and also raises the question, “What is Deep Learning?”.

The transformation decade in wholesale transaction banking: Insights from the Boston Consulting Group's global payment model

A variety of powerful forces are transforming wholesale transaction banking. The historical drivers of change, globalization, regulation, and technological advancements are now turbo-charged.To help bankers navigate the changing landscape and stay ahead, BCG will share its insights on key trends in revenue growth, business models, and client needs.

Preparing for instant payments in a digital economy

The digital economy is rapidly changing how businesses and people interact. As technology advances and payment processing moves towards real-time how will banks position themselves in the digital economy and manage this shift towards real-time payments? Faster payment processing introduces new implications and changes to the workflow and administration. Who are you going to offer real-time payments to and what are your controls? With new real-time payment initiatives on the horizon how do you position your organization to be at the forefront of the digital revolution?

Financial centres outside of the EU – What can the UK learn from Switzerland 

This would be a macroeconomic/political debate on the biggest topic facing everyone involved in European business and everyone attending Sibos. The aim would be to get different points of view on how to resolve the eurozone crisis, how to keep the EU together, the migration challenge as well as banking issues such as banking union, capital markets union, a eurozone-wide deposit guarantee scheme and the role of the ECB. It would be a particularly interesting debate to have in Geneva, as we could also get the Swiss view on its arrangement with the EU.

Strategies for improving the payment and settlement infrastructures adopting advanced and proven technologies including international standards - Challenges and opportunities aiming at year 2020 and beyond

In recent years, financial services and supporting technologies in particular in the field of payment and settlement systems have been evolving drastically and globally. Under such environment, central banks in Europe, North America, and Asia have been trying to catch up with or even lead the trend proactively improving their system infrastructures not only for high value payment systems such as TARGET2/T2S, Fedwire, and New BOJ-NET, but also retail payment systems including faster payments taking advantages of new technologies and International Standards.