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BioCatch is a digital identity company that delivers behavioral biometrics, analyzing human-device interactions
to protect users and data. See how our customers employ our cloud-based solution to proactively collect and
analyze more than 2000 behavioral parameters to authenticate users and identify cybersecurity threats.

Solving for New Account Fraud: Today's Most Expensive Form of Identity Fraud [Infographic]

Sep. 27, 2019 | Fraud, Authentication, Identity Proofing | by BioCatch

New account fraud is one of the largest and most dangerous threats that businesses face when processing transactions online. According to an analyst from Javelin Strategy & Research, it’s the “most expensive form of identity fraud for businesses and consumers alike.”

In 2018 alone, new account fraud caused $3.4 billion in losses, an increase over previous years. The steady leak of personally identifiable information (PII) is largely responsible for the upward trend. The amount of PII exposed in data breaches — such as social security numbers, emails, addresses, phone numbers and device and network attribute — grew by 126 percent between 2017-2018. Hackers use the information to forge stolen identities and open fraudulent new accounts.

Why is new account fraud spiraling out of control? Because you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. 

Out with the Old

Traditional methods for fraud detection and the safeguarding of digital identities are outdated and lacking. Advanced fraudsters are constantly finding new ways to steal identities or create synthetic ones, handedly sliding past these systems of defense.

Today’s detection tools also cause friction in the account opening process. And as any organization knows, friction is the number one reason customers will walk away from doing business with your brand. Online transactions should be seamless, not full of frustrating roadblocks to opening an account.

In with the New

The missing piece to the puzzle is behavioral biometrics. Powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, behavioral biometrics works behind the scenes to monitor a user’s online behavior. By analyzing thousands of behavioral patterns specific to how a user acts during an online session, the technology can verify that the individual opening an online account is legitimate, and not a fraudster. Users are kept secure without having to take additional steps. It’s a seamless process.


In this infographic, we highlight the most alarming new account fraud trends and statistics, explain why traditional fraud detection methods fall short and examine how BioCatch’s behavioral biometrics technology closes the gaps.

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Creating a Brave, New Passwordless World

Sep. 23, 2019 | Authentication | by BioCatch

BioCatch has been discussing the move to a world of passwordless authentication for a long time. The problem with conventional passwords is not only the annoyance of maintaining them – this has been highlighted ad nauseum – but also the simple fact that passwords are largely ineffective. 

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Identity Authentication: Why Government Agencies Need a New Approach

Sep. 12, 2019 | Authentication | by BioCatch

This week, we’re pleased to share this guest post from Patrick Hearn, expert in identity management and CEO of Endeavor Worldwide. Endeavor Worldwide is an international advisory firm that brings together senior company executives and government leaders, with specialty focus in Converged Identity Management, CyberSecurity and Industry 4.0.

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The Promise of Behavioral Biometrics and Intelligent Authentication: A Q&A with ForgeRock’s Ben Goodman

Jun. 6, 2019 | Authentication | by BioCatch

Earlier this year, BioCatch announced that our digital identity solution is now available on the ForgeRock Marketplace. Combining BioCatch’s industry-leading solution with ForgeRock’s intelligent authentication technology makes it easy for ForgeRock clients to implement passive authentication, prevent account takeover attacks, and provide a better customer identity and access management experience. Other benefits include greater consistency and visibility across multiple digital channels, as the solution supports both web and mobile applications.

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Alternatives to OTP Security and the Rise of Customer Experience

May. 30, 2019 | Authentication, Technology, Continuous Authentication | by BioCatch

Despite their known vulnerabilities, one-time passwords remain one of the most widely used forms of two-factor authentication. From SIM swaps to phishing, malware, and a whole host of man-in-the-middle attacks, weaknesses in OTP security are putting customers, and businesses, at great risk.

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Countering the Rising Threat of RAT & Business Email Compromise Attacks

May. 2, 2019 | Fraud, Authentication, Continuous Authentication | by BioCatch

Business email compromise (BEC) and remote access trojan (RATs) attacks are two of the top threats for companies to keep an eye on in 2019.

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