The Entersekt Blog

Industry news, security threats, and technology advances in consumer authentication.

Three things you need to ask when choosing an authentication solution
28-03-2018|Jonathan Knoll

Three things you need to ask when choosing an authentication solution

I sometimes think that here, in the IT security sector, we’re having the wrong conversation about authentication. As we debate the respective merits of the various solutions, we’re in danger of forgetting the most important member of the value chain: the customer.
Mobile wallet technology boosts convenience for consumers and card issuers alike
08-03-2018|Gerhard Oosthuizen

Mobile wallet technology boosts convenience for consumers and card issuers alike

Today, mobile wallets are just one component of your institution’s overarching digital banking strategy. With the right solution in place, consumers can enjoy a superior payment experience whether shopping online, using a third-party wallet, or using a contactless payment method.
Mobile: the perfect platform for converged authentication
27-02-2018|Niel Bester

Mobile: the perfect platform for converged authentication

Not all authentication solutions are created equal. A weak solution is a chore for your customers, something that stands in the way of them doing business or shopping or communicating. But a superior solution can strengthen your customers’ trust in your organization; it can be a launchpad for digital innovation, a way to unlock capabilities you haven’t even thought of.
GDPR: what’s good for your customers is good for you
14-02-2018|Jolette Roodt

GDPR: what’s good for your customers is good for you

Organizations from across Europe – and, in fact, the rest of the world – would be forgiven for seeing compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as just another burden on their already overstretched resources. The European finance industry has barely cleared its previous regulatory hurdle of the Revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) kicking in a month ago, and now GDPR is demanding their full attention. Is there light at the end of this tunnel?
Authentication devices: are two better than one?
07-02-2018|Simon Rodway

Authentication devices: are two better than one?

At the end of 2017, two researchers at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany discovered a weakness in the software that is used to protect 31 of the country’s mobile banking apps. As a result of this weakness, the researchers were able to successfully authenticate a transfer of money out of a banking account without the account holder’s permission.
The (lock and) key to strong security
08-01-2018|Simon Rodway

The (lock and) key to strong security

Let me begin with a short story, a true story. A good friend of mine’s house was recently broken into. He was asleep in bed when this event took place, and he heard nothing. In fact, when he got up in the morning, he didn’t even notice at first that the event had taken place, such was the subtlety of the break-in. The thief had managed to break a door lock, opening the door without making much sound at all. The technique was to snap off the front of the lock and use a screwdriver to open the door: very quiet and very quick.
Hacking of new iPhone X biometric security offers lessons in user authentication
19-12-2017|Entersekt Editor

Hacking of new iPhone X biometric security offers lessons in user authentication

More companies are implementing mobile biometric authentication to increase security and reduce fraud. According to a recent report, the worldwide mobile biometrics market is expected to exceed $50.6 billion in revenue by 2022, growing from a base of $6.5 billion in 2016, but despite this growth, financial institutions and consumers harbor legitimate concerns about whether mobile biometrics actually delivers on its promise of improved security.
Convenience is the deal-breaker for the North American market
13-12-2017|Sherif Samy

Convenience is the deal-breaker for the North American market

This is an exciting blog post for me. It may be Entersekt’s last blog post for 2017, but it’s the first post I write representing the company in the North American region – an amazing, exciting market, with immense potential and challenging innovation and security needs.
Regulation, integration and push authentication: factors to consider in the run-up to PSD2
29-11-2017|Simon Rodway

Regulation, integration and push authentication: factors to consider in the run-up to PSD2

We are all familiar with the sound of our mobile devices pinging or vibrating to let us know that something has arrived that we might be interested in. There are now numerous methods employed by mobile operating system vendors and app developers to draw our attention to the fact that new content is available: everything from badges to banners, alerts and various other types of messages.
Open banking and PSD2 will create winners and losers
22-11-2017|Frans Labuschagne

Open banking and PSD2 will create winners and losers

With the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) mandating UK retail banks to ‘open up’ and adopt the new principles of open banking, not to mention the impending introduction of the Payments Services Directive (PSD2) in January 2018, banks will soon be operating in a much more competitive environment than before. Without the right security to enable them to offer additional digital services, incumbent banks will struggle to compete against all the new entrants into their market.

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