Steps executives are taking to increase security while launching new ways to pay

More than 80 percent of organizations that have been impacted by a data breach have introduced a new security framework and 79 percent have reduced employee access to customer data, according to new benchmark data, “2018 Global Payments Insight Survey: Bill Pay Services,” from ACI Worldwide and Ovum.

2018 Global Payments Insight Survey

The benchmark, comprised of responses from executives at billing organizations such as consumer finance, healthcare and higher education, also revealed that over 70 percent of organizations that experienced theft of payments data intend to increase their investment in payments technology in 2018.


Industry breakdown of payments data stolen in the past 12 months: 30 percent from government organizations, 26 percent from consumer finance, 25 percent from healthcare, 21 percent from higher education, 17 percent from insurance and 13 percent from utility organizations.

Across all industries, 36 percent of organizations believe they are at a greater risk of data breach than a year ago. 44 percent agreed with the view that: “My company would not invest in fraud solutions that add friction to the customer experience.” This sentiment is down from 57 percent a year ago.

Real-time payments

More than 80 percent (82) of organizations believe real-time payments will bring cost savings – up from 48 percent the prior year – while 77 percent believe that real-time will bring improvements in their customer service.

Cloud computing

72 percent of respondents expect to move more of their organizations’ payment software to the cloud in the future, an increase of nearly 20 percent from last year, reinforcing strong uplift in the popularity of cloud.

Mobile payments

Mobile-optimized electronic bills are the biggest current development area, with just under half (49%) of all organizations currently adding new capabilities.

Payments from a mobile-optimized website (46%) and text message (42%) are also popular payment methods in development.

Voice payments

Nearly 30 percent (28) of organizations are developing the voice payment features for consumers to trigger payments, with a further 19 percent interested in exploring this area in the future.

2018 Global Payments Insight Survey

“Security has clearly become a focus for organizations as it relates to billing and payments, and with good reason,” said Steve Kramer, vice president, ACI Worldwide. “The potential reputational and financial costs that could be incurred because of a breach are a major concern. Organizations must protect themselves with advanced technologies such as point-to-point encryption, tokenization and a private cloud.”

“This year’s survey has revealed that the balance between prioritizing customer experience and protecting against data compromise has tipped toward security,” said Kieran Hines, head of industries, Ovum. “While addressing security risks will remain a top priority, delivering both a low-risk and low-friction customer experience will continue to drive investment in modern payments and security technology.”

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