Most Execs Say Operational Risk Events Impact Shareholder Value, But Few Use Advanced Technologies to Manage It

NEW YORK, May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The majority (79.2%) of C-suite and other executives recently polled by Deloitte say significant operational risk events impact shareholder value over the long term. Yet, just 39.5% of polled executives leverage advanced analytics to manage operational risk and only 6% use emerging technologies like cognitive computing and machine learning to do so.

In fact, 38.9% of polled executives say their organizations' risk teams offer only backward-looking analyses and reports on operational risk, leveraging no advanced analytics or emerging technologies.

"We've all seen disruptions and risk events that have damaged an organization's peak performance, reputation and -- in some instances -- their valuations for years," said Nitish Idnani, Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP. "Operational risk management crises are driving leadership demands for more and closer-to-real time predictable, actionable insights. The good news is recent advancements in predictive risk intelligence tools and technologies make it more possible than ever before to manage operational risk across the enterprise--consistently, not episodically."

Forty percent of executives' organizations are currently making improvements to their operational risk management programs. Another 24.4% plan to improve their programs in the next 12 months according to our poll.

"Use of emerging technologies in operational risk management isn't something all organizations are pursuing at this point. But, we're encouraged to see use of prevalidated, preclassified operational risk management data leveraged by risk teams as a basis for both advanced analytics efforts and presentations to senior leadership," said Monica O'Reilly, Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory principal and Regulatory and Operations Risk leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP. "Establishing a reliable, sustainable platform with a high-quality data store ready for application of advanced analytics is an important first step to advancing operational risk management programs."

Questions to ask of operational risk management programs include:

    --  How completely does the operational risk management framework cover the
        organization? Confirm all material risks the organization faces are
        captured and updated frequently. Further, procedures and controls to
        mitigate those risks should be kept current and tested regularly for
    --  Are emerging risks researched and identified? Some risk management
        programs are not forward-looking while others are too internally focused
        or siloed. "Emerging risks that could impact an organization in the next
        6, 12 or 18 months should be on everyone's radar and appropriate
        responses from the business should be at the ready to respond to them,"
        added Idnani.
    --  Are roles, responsibilities and decision rights defined? Idnani said,
        "Many organizations are increasingly identifying risk and control
        champions within their businesses. In some instances, roles and
        responsibilities between the first and second lines of defense may
        require realignment to help appropriately protect the business."
    --  Do we focus on process before IT? Leverage what already exists in your
        IT infrastructure. "Discern what IT solution may be most sustainable and
        scalable for your organization's needs only after determining the short-
        and long-term objectives, expected outcomes, and organizational benefits
        it needs to address," added O'Reilly. "After sustainable processes are
        defined and data quality and integrity are assessed as strong, then
        predictive technologies can be layered into operational risk management

Respondents were split as to the biggest operational risk management program challenges awaiting them in the year ahead among process inefficiencies (19.3%), lack of adequate technologies (18.1%), change management concerns (17.8%), poor data quality (15.8%) and lack of predictive capabilities (10.2%).

About the online poll
On March 28, 2019, a Deloitte Dbriefs webcast titled "Operational risk management: Implementation, data, and analytics," polled more than 955 C-suite and other executives online about operational risk management. Answer rates differed by question and respondents differed by webcast poll.

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