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

Why digital certificates were such a brilliant idea (and still are)
11-04-2019|Claudius van der Meulen

Why digital certificates were such a brilliant idea (and still are)

We’ve been using codes and ciphers for thousands of years to protect secrets. A clay tablet from Mesopotamia (dated 1500 BC), for example, encrypted a craftsman’s recipe for pottery glaze. We can assume this was commercially valuable to him, and so perhaps only his trusty apprentice knew how to translate the code.
Five things ... that make a great banking app
28-03-2019|Alpa Somaiya

Five things ... that make a great banking app

Unlike men (according to Thomas Jefferson), all banking apps were not created equal. There is a huge variety of apps (and banks) to choose from; some have a wide range of features, while others struggle to offer even the basics. These days, the “basics” are also not what they used to be.
Healthcare in the digital era
20-03-2019|Melanie Maier

Healthcare in the digital era

These days, it would be difficult to find even one industry untouched by the digital age. In the payments industry, for example, we see new developments and technologies being launched every day, from mobile wallets and instant payments to push-based authentication and open banking.
Just in time: PSD2 SCA implementation
14-03-2019|Sander Voorwinden

Just in time: PSD2 SCA implementation

The go-live date for the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) strong customer authentication (SCA) requirement is 14 September. Put another way, we’re at five minutes to the stroke of midnight for SCA implementation. It’s not too late, though, which is why I titled this blog post “Just in time”.
It’s like your credit card, only better
07-03-2019|Gerhard Oosthuizen

It’s like your credit card, only better

In the “old days” – the days of magnetic stripe cards – we proved that we were the owners of our cards with a handwritten signature at the point of sale (POS). Then came the chip cards, for which we switched to using a PIN number in card-present situations to authenticate ourselves as the card owner.
The state of mobile banking: insights from industry research
28-02-2019|Lelanie de Roubaix

The state of mobile banking: insights from industry research

Digital banking industry research published in 2018 by a number of leading research and advisory firms highlights a trend that has led the industry to reflect on a core aspect of current priorities as well as future strategy: the customer.
Letting you know what you need to know when you need to know it
21-02-2019|Tom de Waal

Letting you know what you need to know when you need to know it

I have, over the years, opened accounts at a number of banks in order to meet different needs: savings, payments, a mortgage, and so on. My family also have bank accounts, some of which we share. You probably have a similar spread of accounts.
A new lease of life for QR codes: Payments and beyond
14-02-2019|Clara Chennells

A new lease of life for QR codes: Payments and beyond

If you thought that QR codes were only used for payments, take out your phone and scan again.
SS7 attack gives pause for thought
07-02-2019|Stephen Drake

SS7 attack gives pause for thought

In July of 2017, we wrote this blog post about why continuing to have mobile carriers in the digital security chain means that the attack that left several customers of O2-Telefonica in Germany with empty bank accounts is likely to occur elsewhere. We are re-posting it because unfortunately, it seems that we were right, with Metro Bank recently being the target of an SS7 attack. Experts believe that this isn’t an isolated case, so we may be hearing much more about these attacks soon.
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.

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