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

PSD2 hastens the demise of SMS OTP
31-01-2019|Lelanie de Roubaix

PSD2 hastens the demise of SMS OTP

A month into 2019, the financial services and payments industries are buzzing as the deadline for complying with Europe’s revised payments services directive (PSD2) approaches. A particular cause of concern is the implementation of the regulatory technical standard for strong customer authentication (SCA), which has been a hot topic in boardrooms and at industry events for what seems like years now.
Behavioral biometrics: The new kid on the block?
13-12-2018|Melanie Maier

Behavioral biometrics: The new kid on the block?

In this blog, Melanie Maier, pre-sales solutions lead for the DACH region at Entersekt, discusses how behavioral biometrics benefits the end-user’s experience, and how it links to strong customer authentication.
Mercator white paper, sponsored by Entersekt: A new security paradigm for the new digital world
29-11-2018|Mark van Dalsen

Mercator white paper, sponsored by Entersekt: A new security paradigm for the new digital world

The world in which your entire commercial existence is bound to your mobile device is fast approaching, and at its center stands the bank, which safeguards your most valuable assets – funds, payment media, and a trove of data. That’s Entersekt’s vision.
Next-generation banking’s mobile makeover
18-10-2018|Niel Bester

Next-generation banking’s mobile makeover

In this blog, originally published by IT Online on 20 June 2018, Niel Bester, Senior Vice President for Products at Entersekt discusses the challenge that banks face in strengthening their relationships with younger customers as they embrace new technology.
The problem with having mobile carriers in the digital security chain
13-06-2018|Entersekt Editor

The problem with having mobile carriers in the digital security chain

A year ago this time, a fraudulent attack on German telecom O2-Telefonica shone the security spotlight on Signaling System 7 (SS7) – also called Common Channel Signaling System 7 (CCSS7) – the international telecommunications standard that enables mobile carrier (mobile network) interoperability. Without carrier interoperability, it would be impossible to transmit calls or text messages between mobile phones on different networks, making SS7 a key component of the global communication ecosystem.
Life after SMS OTP: what will be the next big thing in transaction security?
30-05-2018|Clara Chennells

Life after SMS OTP: what will be the next big thing in transaction security?

Remember VHS? The Sony Walkman? What about the dot matrix printer? These are things that were considered state-of-the-art in the 1980s – but are now only a fond memory. No-one in their right mind would, for example, release a new film only on VHS today. And yet incredibly, the SMS OTP, first conceived in the early 1980s, is still what secures online banking channels at most of the world’s financial institutions today.
Mobile authentication: What happens when security and usability stop being mutually exclusive?
18-04-2018|Entersekt Editor

Mobile authentication: What happens when security and usability stop being mutually exclusive?

In digital banking, and more recently also in the mobile payments sphere, security and usability are commonly viewed as incompatible priorities. By implication, for security to be strong enough, it must also impose inconvenience on the user. At Entersekt, however, we prefer to ask: why do banks have to choose?
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.
Global guidance on strong authentication
06-05-2015|Entersekt Editor

Global guidance on strong authentication

Regulatory bodies around the world continue to issue security advisories related to online and mobile banking, especially when it comes to securing high-risk, high-value digital transactions. In a fast-changing environment, establishing and maintaining rigorous standards helps build consumer confidence and drives mass market acceptance.

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