Rachel Adeney and Amy Fraser
Operational risk is rapidly becoming one of the most important threats to the financial system but is also one of the least well understood. Cyber attacks are regularly cited as one of the top risks faced by firms in the financial sector and one of the most challenging to manage. But they are only one part of operational risk, which includes losses from any kind of business disruption or human error, including power outages or natural disasters. In this post we discuss why operational risk matters for financial stability, how policymakers have responded to increasing risks from operational disruptions and the future challenges that may arise in this space.