As organisations and consumers increasingly interact over digital channels, both parties must find ways to establish mutual trust. Experian’s Global Identity and Fraud Report Asia-Pacific (APAC) edition highlights that trusted online relationships are based on businesses providing both a secure environment and seamless consumer experiences.

With insights from almost 6,000 APAC consumers, the report found that majority (71 per cent) value ‘security’ as the most important element of an online experience, followed by ‘convenience’ (20 per cent) and ‘personalisation’ (9 per cent).

Of the 590 APAC businesses surveyed, an alarming 50 per cent have experienced an increase in online fraud-related losses over the past 12 months. This includes account takeover attacks and fraudulent account openings. As a result, 63 per cent of APAC consumers surveyed feel they are sacrificing privacy for convenience in today’s unpredictable threat landscape. While businesses have often invested in convenience at the expense of security, consumers in APAC expect both.

“The traditional mindset that views online security and convenience as two opposing forces is obsolete.” Experian APAC chief executive Ben Elliott said. “Businesses must invest more to combat fraud, while ensuring seamless consumer experiences at all times. Only then will mutual trust between businesses and consumers be established.”

While existing security methods used by organisations are still more traditional in nature, report findings revealed that new technologies and advanced authentication solutions are viewed favourably by consumers. In fact, 75 per cent of APAC consumers that have already encountered physical or behavioural biometrics during online banking showcase high confidence in the respective security measures.

“The move towards more robust security methods is compulsory for businesses looking to earn consumer trust. At Experian, we build innovative solutions suited for an increasingly interconnected world, helping consumers protect their digital identities and businesses ensure frictionless consumer experiences amid rising threats,” added Mr Elliott.

Transparency is another key determinant in building mutual trust. The report found that 81 per cent of APAC consumers expect full transparency from businesses around how their information is used. In line with this trend, 58 per cent of APAC businesses surveyed plan to invest more in transparency-inspired programs such as educating consumers, communicating terms more concisely and helping consumers feel in control of their personal data.