As the use of technology in banking grows so too does the risk of data breaches. Earlier this year, software security group Kaspersky Lab found that multinational cybercriminals infiltrated more than 100 banks, e-payment systems and other financial institutions across 30 countries, stealing around $US1 billion since 2013.
The rapid rise of cybercrime means the protection of customer data is more important than ever, as banks seek to retain the trust and confidence of customers and regulators.
This changing landscape means that the banker of the future will need to understand how to leverage technology in order to solve customer problems more cheaply, faster and effectively than the competition.
Similarly, as the world becomes more global, bankers with skills in cross-cultural diplomacy, relationship building and who have the ability to deal with challenging situations will be vital as banks seek to invest in new and emerging markets.