Sibos 2015: Security and Innovation Take Center Stage


With over 8,000 delegates in attendance, the financial world converged on Sibos 2015 in Singapore last week. Thought leaders and solution experts from Fiserv played a key role in the discussions.

"Swift is a great forum to meet clients and spark discussions about what is driving our industry forward," said Marc Mathenz, managing director, ASPAC, Fiserv. "Blockchain, faster payments, and risk and compliance were all hot discussion areas at Sibos, in addition to the broader topics of how financial institutions manage in an environment of rapid innovation, digitization and increasing competition."

Murray Walton, chief risk officer at Fiserv, participated in two sessions, including moderating a panel on how financial institutions, technology partners and governments can join forces against cybercrime. Walton told the audience that security is our explicit promise as financial service providers.

In a another session on fighting financial crime, Andrew Davies, vice president of Global Market Strategy, Financial & Risk Management Solutions at Fiserv, offered best practices and advice for an effective and efficient "Know Your Customer" program.

From blockchain and fintech innovation to new payment trends, Sibos had no shortage of provocative discussions.

Taking a #fiservselfie at the Fiserv booth was a popular stop on the Sibos conference floor.

What's on tap for Sibos 2016 in Geneva? Travers Clarke-Walker, chief marketing officer, International Group at Fiserv, anticipates a shift in the discussion.

"I expect the topics at Sibos in Geneva will be less about the disintermediation of banks and more about delivering the enriched, engaging services that make people's daily lives better," said Clarke-Walker. "I don't think there's any doubt we'll see more collaboration between fintech startups and financial services firms to make that a reality."

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