A recent survey of compliance and procurement professionals finds cybersecurity risk and artificial intelligence adoption top list of concerns
Short Hills, NJ (September 30, 2019) — A recent survey of compliance and procurement professionals indicates respondents are less confident about managing third-party relationships, with cyber security threats and the increased adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) listed as top concerns.
The 2019 Compliance and Procurement Sentiment report from Dun & Bradstreet found that only 85 percent of respondents were confident about the effectiveness of risk management within their organization; 8 percent lower than the previous survey. Eighty four percent of respondents also forecast a decline in the future effectiveness of compliance and procurement functions.
Respondents from smaller firms continue to be less confident about managing third-party risks than those from larger organizations. Confidence levels in both current and future compliance and procurement effectiveness were lower among businesses with less than 50 employees (79 percent compared to 92 percent in larger organizations of 251-1,000 employees).
The benchmarking report tracks areas of short and long-term success and concerns for compliance and procurement professionals and the 2019 edition highlighted the following main points:
- Compliance with laws and regulations remain top priority. An increasing number of regulations and a more complex regulatory framework has most likely contributed to compliance remaining a top concern among respondents for a third consecutive survey.
- Slow response to increased cyber security risk: Although cyber security was the number one concern for respondents, almost half (48 percent) do not yet incorporate in their third-party risk management. Half of this group of respondents had developed an approach to cyber risk but have been slow to implement.
- The right skill set is key to unlocking the value of AI: Over half (53 percent) of respondents agree that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will improve efficiencies and enhance insight within their compliance and procurement functions. However, 45 percent are not confident they have the right skills in place to make full use of AI in the coming year, suggesting that additional training and focus on talent development is required.
Commenting on the findings, Brian Alster, General Manager of Third-Party Risk & Compliance at Dun & Bradstreet, said: “Third-party risk management and compliance programs can’t remain stagnant. As technology changes and the amount of data companies are expected to manage when mitigating risk increases, procurement and compliance professionals need to drive greater efficiencies within their programs. Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence are two key areas of concern and we were keen to explore these in our latest survey.”
Respondents in the Financial Services (60 percent) and Retail (55 percent) sectors saw the most potential benefit from AI for improved risk and fraud detection. However, 56 percent of government agencies and 47 percent manufacturing believe that data gathering and validation will benefit the most from Artificial Intelligence. The report also highlights the top four areas that respondents believe artificial intelligence will aid compliance and procurement:
Top 4 Anticipated Areas to Benefit From Artificial Intelligence
- Risk and Fraud Detection (detection and monitoring of status, changing of circumstance and risks)
- Data Gathering and Validation (new account setup, campaigns and ongoing monitoring)
- Risk Screening (reducing false positives and remediation efforts)
- Account Reconciliation (identifying/merging duplicates and updating records)
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About the survey
The survey was conducted by ComRes on behalf of Dun & Bradstreet. 630 compliance and procurement decision-makers were interviewed online between March 6th – March 22nd 2019. Respondents were screened to ensure they worked in either compliance or procurement and have knowledge of and/or responsibility in the decision-making for their company’s compliance or procurement function. Data was not weighted.