The banking industry is grappling with a multi-billion-dollar fraud prevention problem. At the core of the problem, financial institutions (FIs) continue to increase spending on fraud prevention technology year over year. But rather than seeing a decrease in fraud, it’s the opposite. As fraud goes up, spending goes up with it, and the catch-22 continues in a seemingly never-ending cycle…. Read more

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Multi-Factor Authentication

Every day brings new reports of cyberattacks and data breaches, many of which could have been prevented through multi-factor authentication (MFA). In 2017, financial institutions (FIs) lost $16.8 billion to cybercrime and experienced $5.1 billion in account takeover losses. Will it ever get better? The simple answer is no. Breaches will continue to fuel financial fraud, account takeover, and new… Read more

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Facial Recognition

Biometric facial recognition is evolving faster than many people realize. It is common knowledge that government buildings, military installations, and retail locations have had security cameras deployed for years. Over the past decade, they have upgraded and integrated cameras with sophisticated facial recognition software to help protect people and assets on-site. What is changing, however, is the rate at which… Read more

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Can FIDO Meet GDPR Compliance Requirements?

The GDPR has been in effect for six months now and as an EU citizen, I’ve noticed the GDPR compliance requirements in action. I’ve been bombarded with emails and consent forms requesting permission to share my personal details, for everything from the online companies I order from, to my children’s schools. Through an EU legislation framework, the GDPR has far-reaching… Read more

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soft token authentication

For years, financial institutions (FIs) have relied on hardware authentication for their internal users and customers, but this is shifting as software authentication, also known as mobile authentication or soft token authentication, is gaining adoption. Whether a standalone app or integrated into the organization’s native mobile app, many FIs agree that a migration to software authentication is both beneficial and necessary… Read more

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The fourth quarter is a time when many financial institutions are deep into strategic planning for the coming year. Whether you are on the business or security side of the house, it is the time to re-evaluate how to protect and simplify the customer experience with the right security technologies, increase customer loyalty, and reduce exposure to fraud and data… Read more

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According to Javelin Research, biometric authentication is the most desired authentication method for online and mobile banking. As banks and financial institutions (FIs) increasingly prioritize biometrics, the business and security teams tasked with selecting the right platform will have to evaluate a growing list of requirements – from impact on customer experience, through to time and cost to integrate. Life… Read more

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PSD2 Digital Transaction

Complying with the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) is currently a key priority for financial institutions (FIs) in Europe and beyond. In particular, financial institutions need to comply with the requirements related to Strong Customer Authentication and Transaction Risk Analysis. These requirements are outlined in the Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) for Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) and Common and Secure Communication… Read more

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Raiffeisen Italy is the umbrella organization for 40 entities of Raiffeisen Bank in the Italian province of South Tyrol. Overseeing the IT services for these member banks, Raiffeisen Information System CIO Alexander Kiesswetter modernized Raiffeisen Italy’s authentication system to comply with the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). As part of that initiative, Raiffeisen Italy introduced a standalone mobile app that… Read more

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The open banking trend continues around the world, and most recently, the U.S. has taken another step towards adopting the policy. On July 31, the U.S. Department of Treasury published a detailed report, titled A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities: Nonbank Financials, Fintech, and Innovation that will likely serve as the catalyst for open banking in the United States. The Department… Read more

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