MasterCard and Visa to Drop Pop-up Window Passwords

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by Dan Rampe

MC and Visa

Taking a Page from the ThreatMetrix Playbook, the Credit Card Giants Are Moving to Non-Intrusive, Effective Authentication Systems

More than a year ago, ThreatMetrix was warning that the day of the password had passed (See the ThreatMetrix news release titled “2013: The Year of the Password Apocalypse” ) and advised:

  • Integrating Login and Payment Screening for a single view of the customer whether he/she does a guest checkout on a friend’s iPad or uses a registered credit card on a mobile device.
  • Leveraging Shared Intelligence Networks to passively recognize both valuable customers and cyberthreats based on anonymized shared intelligence of device and persona reputation and behavior.
  • Implementing Trust Tags to associate user accounts and devices with additional context by tagging to see, for example, if a registered user’s email and password was compromised on another sit

Now MasterCard and Visa are transitioning out of their present systems, MasterCard SecureCode and Verified by Visa, which are based on the 3D protocol. Under the 3D protocol, a user had to enter a password in a pop-up window so the card issuer could confirm the user’s identity before the transaction was completed.

In her piece on independent.ie, Sophie Curtis points out that systems using the 3D protocol are “unpopular with online shoppers, because [shoppers are required] to use complex passwords that are easy to forget, and can be difficult to tell whether the pop-ups are legitimate or fraudulent [in other words whether somebody is attempting to capture the shopper’s password].”

Curtis goes on to discuss the new systems Visa and MasterCard are introducing. The following has been excerpted from her piece and edited to fit our format. You may find the full article by clicking on this link.

Invisible authentication

A new invisible authentication [reduces] the reliance on passwords as a means of verifying identity.

In the event that authentication is needed, cardholders will be able to identify themselves with the likes of one-time passwords or fingerprint biometrics, rather than committing static passwords to memory.

Facial and voice recognition apps

MasterCard is also piloting commercial tests for facial and voice recognition apps to authenticate cardholders, and conducting trials of a wristband which authenticates a cardholder through their unique cardiac rhythm.

“All of us want a payment experience that is safe as well as simple, not one or the other,” said Ajay Bhalla, president of enterprise security solutions at MasterCard.

“We want to identify people for who they are, not what they remember. We have too many passwords to remember and this creates extra problems for consumers and businesses.”

Adoption expected in 2015

The new protocol could be adopted in 2015 and will gradually replace the current 3D Secure protocol.

ThreatMetrix builds trust on the Internet by offering market-leading advanced fraud prevention and frictionless context-based security solutions. These solutions authenticate consumer and workforce access to mission critical applications using real-time identity and access analytics that leverage the world’s largest trusted identity network.

ThreatMetrix secures enterprise applications against account takeover, payment fraud, fraudulent account registrations, malware, and data breaches. Underpinning the solution is the ThreatMetrix® Global Trust Intelligence Network, which analyzes over 850 million monthly transactions and protects more than 210 million active user accounts across 3,000 customers and 15,000 websites.

The ThreatMetrix solution is deployed across a variety of industries, including financial services, enterprise, e-commerce, payments, social networks, government and insurance.

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ThreatMetrix Announces its “ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Report: Q4 2014” and Outlines Trends Leading up to the Holiday Shopping Season

Posted on November 20th, 2014 by Dan Rampe

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The Report Examines Cybercrime Attacks Detected by the ThreatMetrix® Global Trust Intelligence Network and Identifies Top Concerns as Account Takeover and Customer Friction

San Jose, CA – November 20, 2014 – ThreatMetrix®, the fastest-growing provider of context-based security and advanced fraud prevention solutions, today announced the availability of its “ThreatMetrix® Cybercrime Report: Q4 2014,” which examines cybercrime attacks detected by the ThreatMetrix® Global Trust Intelligence Network (The Network) during Q3 2014.

The Network analyzes more than 850 million monthly transactions, and protects more than 210 million active user accounts across 3,000 customers and 15,000 websites. Leveraging real-time, anonymized data from The Network, the “ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Report: Q4 2014” samples nearly one billion transactions and provides a representative summary of activity including account creation, payment and login fraud across industries.

Threats Facing the E-Commerce Industry This Holiday Shopping Season

The report places a particular emphasis on the e-commerce industry based on current attack trends. The identified card-not-present, account takeover and fraudulent account registration attacks are in no small way associated with the countless high profile data breaches in the past year and will no doubt accelerate during the upcoming $600 billion holiday shopping season. While many reports discuss cyber threat trends such as malware, massive data breaches or the total economic impact of cybercrime, the “ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Report: Q4 2014” is the first of its kind to analyze how frequently stolen and compromised identities are turned into cybercrime.

“In addition to payment fraud this holiday shopping season, our biggest concern is the spike in the number of account takeovers we are seeing on retail websites. ThreatMetrix data shows an upswing in account takeover activity in the wake of recent massive data breaches – and most retailers will be caught unprepared,” said Alisdair Faulkner, chief products officer, ThreatMetrix. “Previously, guest checkouts represented the highest risk, but due to the prevalence of data breaches and the convenience of storing credit cards to make mobile purchases easier, fraudsters have found it just as easy to use a stolen username and password as it is to use compromised credit card information that has a shorter life span before being shut down. Even strong PCI compliance and encryption means little when cybercriminals utilize stolen password and email combinations to compromise customer accounts. Retailers need to leverage a shared global network of trust intelligence to differentiate between trusted and suspicious transactions.”

In comparison to other industries, e-commerce falls in the middle when it comes to high-risk transactions, with four percent of all transactions being labeled as high-risk. Overall, high-risk transactions and logins are typically rejected outright by ThreatMetrix customers. E-commerce transactions broken down consist of the following percentages and risks:

  • Seven percent of transactions were account creation, with 5.2 percent high risk
  • 14 percent of transactions were account logins, with 5.5 percent high risk
  • 79 percent of transactions were payments, with 3.4 percent high risk

Cybercrime Leads to Customer Friction in the Financial Services Industry

In addition to e-commerce, the “ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Report: Q4 2014” examines financial services transactions and authentication attempts. While only one percent of transactions and logins are labeled as high-risk, financial services tolerate a higher threshold of risk at point of login and instead intercept attempted money transfers or rely on intrusive step-up authentication solutions to provide extra assurances. Financial services transactions broken down consist of the following percentages and risks:

  • Two percent of transactions were account creation, with 1.7 percent high risk
  • 83 percent of transactions were account logins, with 0.7 percent high risk
  • 15 percent of transactions were payments, with 0.5 percent high risk

“Attacks aimed at financial services are more targeted and result in much higher losses and possible brand damage than e-commerce ‘spray-and-pay’ attacks – meaning randomly targeting as many victims as possible,” said Faulkner. “Financial services businesses are dominated by higher authentication requirements, making it more difficult for fraudsters to attack. As a result, attacks leveraging malware are much more common and the challenge for most financial institutions has shifted from the detection of anomalous account access to stopping valid customers from being caught in the fraud net.”

One trend both the e-commerce and financial services industries must keep in mind is new in-store technologies such as Europay-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) and Apple Pay. While such technologies will cut down on point-of-sale fraud caused by recent data breaches, more secure in-store payments will increasingly push fraud online and e-commerce and financial services executives must be prepared to protect against such risks.

Media Industry Faces the Highest Percentage of High-Risk Transactions

According to the “ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Report: Q4 2014,” the media industry, consisting of social media, content streaming and online dating websites, consists of nine percent high-risk transactions, the highest percentage of all industries examined. Broken down, media consist of the following percentages and risks:

  • Six percent of transactions were account creation, with 4.6 percent high risk
  • 66 percent of transactions were account logins, with 6.2 percent high risk
  • 28 percent of transactions were payments, with 3.7 percent high risk

“The media industry has the highest incidence rate of high-risk transactions due to the low authentication threshold – often only consisting of a username and password combination,” said Faulkner. “Such identities can easily be compromised due to using the same login credentials across websites and a significant number of data breaches exposing these login combinations.”

Mobile Represents A Quarter of All Activity in The Network

For the report, total mobile activity was also examined for the prevalence and break down of cyber threats. According to ThreatMetrix data, mobile represents nearly one-third of all activity on The Network. However, while cybercriminals target mobile, this channel still has much lower risk rates than desktop.

“As iPhone, Android and tablet usage continues to increase among consumers, mobile will represent an equal opportunity channel for cybercrime activity,” said Faulkner. “Cybercriminals always go where the money is and as more transactions turn to mobile, they will create new, sophisticated strategies to target this channel.”

The report found that while Android represents much higher percentage in terms of market and browser share, iOS (a combination of iPhone and iPad) generates nearly twice the number of payments, logins and authentications of all mobile operating systems combined. Specifically, 64 percent of mobile transactions are either iPhone or iPod transactions. Additionally, 48 percent of mobile attacks target iOS devices.

“ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Report: Q4 2014” Identifies Top Attacks by Transaction Type

Leveraging activity across industries, mobile and desktop, the report also identified the top attacks by transaction type and found spoofing, such as IP address, geolocation, identity and device spoofing to be the most common attack types across payments, account login and account creation attempts.

As a whole, cybercrime is a multi-billion dollar industry, which consists of organized cybercrime, nation states and cybercrimes. Given the widespread prevalence of cybercrime and no signs of slowing down, businesses need to place an emphasis on understanding the types of attacks that occur once identities are compromised. In addition, no business – no matter the industry or size – can afford to stand alone in the fight against cybercrime. Rather, businesses must leverage a global network of trust intelligence to assure they have the best resources available to differentiate between authentic and fraudulent transactions without disrupting the customer experience with added friction.

To learn more, download the “ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Report: Q4 2014” eBook: http://goo.gl/6wUWrV

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About ThreatMetrix

ThreatMetrix builds trust on the Internet by offering market-leading advanced fraud prevention and frictionless context-based security solutions. These solutions authenticate consumer and workforce access to mission critical applications using real-time identity and access analytics that leverage the world’s largest trusted identity network.

ThreatMetrix secures enterprise applications against account takeover, payment fraud, fraudulent account registrations, malware, and data breaches. Underpinning the solution is the ThreatMetrix® Global Trust Intelligence Network, which analyzes over 850 million monthly transactions and protects more than 210 million active user accounts across 3,000 customers and 15,000 websites.

The ThreatMetrix solution is deployed across a variety of industries, including financial services, enterprise, e-commerce, payments, social networks, government and insurance.

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This Is Private. Can We Keep This Just Between Us…

Posted on November 19th, 2014 by Dan Rampe

Privacy

…Evidently Not. New Survey Suggests Most Americans Feel the Security of Their Personal Information and Ability to Maintain Confidentiality Are in Danger

A Pew Research Center study titled “Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era” by Mary Madden found that an amazing 91 percent of Americans believe they’ve lost control over how companies collect and use their personal information. Likely the other 9 percent who feel they have control — excluding those not within the margin of error — feel Congress is doing an outstanding job.

Anyway…

Based on the Pew research survey which recorded responses from more than 600 people and her interview with security expert Bruce Schneier, Jane Wakefield’s piece on bbc.com takes up the issue of how Americans have come to view privacy and confidentiality. The following has been excerpted from Wakefield’s article and edited to fit our format. You may find the complete, unedited article by clicking on this link.

Worried about government

[While 91% of Americans thought companies “abused” (our word) their personal information] 80% also felt that Americans should be concerned about government surveillance…

Pew author sees privacy concerns at all-time high

The high level of media attention given both to the Snowden allegations and to large-scale data breaches among well-known US brands means concerns about privacy are at an all-time high, according to report author Mary Madden.

“[There’s] an overwhelming sense that consumers have lost control over the way their personal information is collected and used by companies.”

[Microsoft], Yahoo, Apple and Google have promised higher levels of encryption for personal data to make it harder for governments to snoop.

Social networking sites

Some 80% of respondents who use social networking sites said that they were concerned about third parties such as advertisers or businesses accessing their online data.

Fewer, although still a significant number – 70% – were concerned about the government accessing the information they shared on these sites.

May be worried about government… but want it to address privacy

Large numbers – 64% – said that it was up to government to regulate the way advertisers accessed data.

Consumers aware of tradeoffs

More than half (55%) agreed that they needed to share information about themselves in order to have free use of online services. But the majority (61%) were not buying the idea that online services were made more efficient because of the increased access they had to personal data.

Back to the future

When asked what communication medium respondents felt was the most secure, the winner was the landline phone – although only 16% said they felt “very secure” using it to share private information with another trusted person or organization.

Least secure sites

Social media sites were regarded as the least secure, with only 2% saying they felt “very secure” using such services.

People want more protection

There is already evidence that people are considering changing the way they secure their personal information, with 61% claiming they would want higher levels of protection for their data.

Security expert Schneier’s take

“We know that people are concerned about privacy but we also know that they don’t think about it when they are sharing data on Facebook because we have to socialize.

“People give Google their data and share on Facebook. Surveillance is the business model of the internet. Google knows more about what you think about than any other company on Earth.”

“People want legislative change rather than technology tools. People tend to do what is easy.”

ThreatMetrix builds trust on the Internet by offering market-leading advanced fraud prevention and frictionless context-based security solutions. These solutions authenticate consumer and workforce access to mission critical applications using real-time identity and access analytics that leverage the world’s largest trusted identity network.

ThreatMetrix secures enterprise applications against account takeover, payment fraud, fraudulent account registrations, malware, and data breaches. Underpinning the solution is the ThreatMetrix® Global Trust Intelligence Network, which analyzes over 850 million monthly transactions and protects more than 210 million active user accounts across 3,000 customers and 15,000 websites.

The ThreatMetrix solution is deployed across a variety of industries, including financial services, enterprise, e-commerce, payments, social networks, government and insurance.

For more information, visit www.threatmetrix.com or call 1-408-200-5755.

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What Do You Do When “Elvis Has Left the Building?”

Posted on November 18th, 2014 by Dan Rampe

ID Theft

Report Surveys What Victims Face after Their Identities Are Stolen.

Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.

The bard was dead on about most things, but identity theft? Well he was half right. And for somebody separated by over half a millennium from smartphones, iPads, credit reporting agencies, and even credit, that’s not too shabby.

While he had a good idea how terrible it was for a person’s good name to be stolen (Many scholars are still trying to credit Sir Francis Bacon with writing Shakespeare’s stuff.), he was off the mark when it came to the part about a stolen name not enriching the thief.

Back in the day, the Bard’s day that is, a victim could get satisfaction by demanding satisfaction, i.e., challenging the thief to a duel. It’s a lot more than a sword and skill to set things right today. In her story on foxbusiness.com, Christine DiGangi reports on the Identity Theft Resource Center’s “Aftermath 2013″ study based on responses from 201 victims in 39 states. The following has been edited to fit our format. You can find the complete article by clicking on this link.

Getting loans and new credit cards most difficult

Of the 179 victims who shared how identity theft has affected their lives, 32.4% said they experienced difficulty getting loans or credit cards. That was the most common obstacle.

Followed by

The next most common answers (after “other” and “none of these apply”) were problems opening new financial accounts (22.9%) and receiving calls from debt collectors for debts incurred by the thief (22.3%).

Long time to put things right

The road to recovery was long and stressful for many people, as several victims expressed difficulty clearing their credit reports, either because they weren’t sure how to do it or the fraud kept getting reported to the credit bureaus, even after it had been removed.

Long time to find out the identity’s been stolen

For that reason (and many others), it’s incredibly helpful to stop identity theft as soon as possible. While most people find out someone stole their identity within six months of the crime starting, a large portion of victims are unaware of what’s going on for years, making the damage more difficult to reverse.

ThreatMetrix builds trust on the Internet by offering market-leading advanced fraud prevention and frictionless context-based security solutions. These solutions authenticate consumer and workforce access to mission critical applications using real-time identity and access analytics that leverage the world’s largest trusted identity network.

ThreatMetrix secures enterprise applications against account takeover, payment fraud, fraudulent account registrations, malware, and data breaches. Underpinning the solution is the ThreatMetrix® Global Trust Intelligence Network, which analyzes over 850 million monthly transactions and protects more than 210 million active user accounts across 3,000 customers and 15,000 websites.

The ThreatMetrix solution is deployed across a variety of industries, including financial services, enterprise, e-commerce, payments, social networks, government and insurance.

For more information, visit www.threatmetrix.com or call 1-408-200-5755.

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User Friction: When the Solution to Fraud Becomes Part of the Problem

Posted on November 16th, 2014 by Dan Rampe

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In the first half of the year UK online firms lost £110 million in fraudulent remote card purchases, according to Financial Fraud Action UK. Although this figure is pretty small compared to the billions made online every year, it is still needlessly high and growing – by 23% year-on-year. What’s more, with the all-important Christmas shopping season just around the corner, firms across Europe are under pressure to accept as much business as possible and sometimes to the detriment of their fraud controls.

Yet increasingly often, online players are finding that the solution they roll-out to nip fraud in the bud actually ends up part of the problem.

Why 2FA?

Two-factor, or so-called “out-of-band”, authentication systems are becoming increasingly popular among online service providers and retailers as a means to lock down fraud. On the face of it they offer a more secure way for the vendor to prove that a customer is who they say they are. They do this by authenticating via two separate “things” – typically a password plus a physical object such as a card or a mobile phone.

One-time passwords generated by card readers, USB tokens or mobile phone texts ensure that even if the cyber criminal gets hold of a user’s password, they cannot commit ID fraud because they haven’t got access to the second “factor”. Of course, the system isn’t fool proof and Man in the Middle attacks for one can give hackers access to a one-time password. However, they do make it more difficult for the attacker.

A lose-lose online

The problem with these systems is not that they help prevent fraud, it’s that push the “security versus usability” balance into a dangerously one-sided affair. Systems are secure, but they’re also time consuming for the consumer. The result? Higher abandonment rates, lost sales, and disaffected customers. Not only do you have a topline revenue hit from these lost sales, but it’s compounded by the extra outlay on installing and running 2FA. A lose-lose for online banks, retailers and other service providers.

Frictionless fraud prevention

There are other ways to deal with fraud; for example, through third party providers like ThreatMetrix. Social networking giant Badoo is just one of the firms to choose our industry-leading fraud prevention platform. The London-based tech pioneer – which has over 226 million members – wanted a provider who could minimise the costs associated with manual reviews, false positives, and losses due to dropouts from increased user friction.

The ThreatMetrix Global Trust Intelligence Network analyses over 850 million transactions each month, using anonymous customer-based device, identity and behavioural data to decide who can be trusted. It’s completely transparent to the customer, takes less than a second and costs less than a penny.

Thanks to ThreatMetrix, Badoo’s chargeback rates have dropped well below 0.5% and the firm has boosted conversion rates up to 98.5%. What’s more, there are examples like Badoo all over the world – over 3,000 of them in fact – who have chosen ThreatMetrix for frictionless fraud prevention that doesn’t lead to customer dropouts.

ThreatMetrix builds trust on the Internet by offering market-leading advanced fraud prevention and frictionless context-based security solutions. These solutions authenticate consumer and workforce access to mission critical applications using real-time identity and access analytics that leverage the world’s largest trusted identity network.

ThreatMetrix secures enterprise applications against account takeover, payment fraud, fraudulent account registrations, malware, and data breaches. Underpinning the solution is the ThreatMetrix® Global Trust Intelligence Network, which analyzes over 850 million monthly transactions and protects more than 210 million active user accounts across 3,000 customers and 15,000 websites.

The ThreatMetrix solution is deployed across a variety of industries, including financial services, enterprise, e-commerce, payments, social networks, government and insurance.

For more information, visit www.threatmetrix.com or call 1-408-200-5755.

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The IRS Might Just Have Your Number…

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by Dan Rampe

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…But Won’t Give It to You. Internal Revenue Service Not Providing PINs to All Taxpayers Who’ve Been ID Theft Victims.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report saying the IRS is not providing personal identity numbers to all eligible taxpayers who have been victims of tax-related identity theft.

First issued in 2011, the Identity Protection Personal Identification Numbers (IP PINs) allowed the IRS to quickly process returns to prevent the misuse of taxpayers’ Social Security Numbers on fraudulent tax returns. While the program has been expanded, the IRS has still not provided enough PINs to meet the demand. In his article on accountingtoday.com, Michael Cohn reports on the TIGTA report and details how and whether the IRS will make changes to ensure all taxpayers are covered. The following has been excerpted from Cohn’s piece and edited to fit our format. You may find his complete article by clicking on this link.

Hundreds of thousands of taxpayers out of luck

[The] IRS did not provide an IP PIN to 532,637 taxpayers who had an identity theft indicator on their tax account indicating that the IRS resolved their case. The IRS also did not provide an IP PIN to 24,628 taxpayers who were potential victims because their personally identifiable information had been lost, breached or stolen by or from the IRS. In addition, IRS programming errors resulted in 32,274 taxpayers not receiving an IP PIN on a timely basis and the issuance of 13,220 IP PIN notices to deceased taxpayers.

How’s this supposed to work?

TIGTA also found that the IP PIN notices issued to 759,446 taxpayers for processing year 2013 did not provide taxpayers adequate instructions on the use of the number and its importance on a tax return.

The program continues to expand

TIGTA found that the IRS issued 1.2 million IP PINs to taxpayers to use in filing tax returns in 2014, up from 770,000 in 2013. In addition, taxpayers who used their IP PIN to file their tax returns claiming a refund in processing year 2013 had their returns processed in a time frame similar to the general population of return filers claiming a refund.

TIGTA recommendations

[TIGTA recommended that the] IRS should…revise its IP PIN issuance criteria to make eligible those taxpayers who have had their Personally Identifiable Information lost, breached, disclosed, or stolen and have authenticated themselves…. The report also recommended that the IRS ensure that the finalized IP PIN criteria are provided to the Applications Development function before each filing season; ensure that IP PIN criteria are accurately programmed; and revise the IP PIN issuance notice to explain the effect on processing a recipient’s tax return and refund when the number is not included on the filed tax return.

Are concerns adequately addressed?

The IRS indicated that individuals whose personally identifiable information was compromised are eligible to receive an IP PIN. However, the IRS’s Web site for its online IP PIN application still has not been updated to inform these individuals of this option….

Less than one percent victimized a second time

“The use of the IP PIN by taxpayers has been a major success, and as is noted in the audit report, protects taxpayers from being victims of identity theft while allowing their tax return to be processed in a time period similar to returns submitted without an IP PIN,” wrote Debra Holland, commissioner of the IRS’s Wage and Investment Division, in response to the report. “Our records indicate that less than one percent of taxpayers issued an IP PIN are a victim of identity theft again.”

Strict parameters for issuing PINs

The pin number is part of a larger strategic effort by the IRS to combat identity theft impacting the tax administration. [The IRS applies] a strict set of parameters to accounts that are determined eligible for a pin number, resulting in an extremely low recurrence of identity theft. For the 2013 filing season, [the IRS] enhanced…programming to increase efficiency and expanded the pin program to more than 770,000 taxpayers. For the 2014 filing season, [it] issued over 1.2 million pin numbers.

Why 530,000 taxpayers were not “PINned”

[The IRS said the] 530,000 taxpayers [who] did not receive IP PINS… were taxpayers identified by the IRS as having potentially suspicious activity on their accounts, rather than taxpayers [who] self-reported to the IRS….The IRS recognized these accounts as possibly being victimized and notified the taxpayers of [its] concerns.

However, [the agency] set very strict parameters to…accounts before an IP PIN [could be] issued in order to protect the integrity of the system. In this coming year, taxpayers identified by the IRS as having possible suspicious activity on their accounts will receive a letter inviting them to take part in [the] IP PIN program through an e-authentication process on [the IRS] website.

Pilot program notifying taxpayers

Beginning in January 2014, the IRS began a pilot program that allowed some taxpayers to voluntarily receive a pin number via an online application. Next year, [the agency plans] on mailing notices to let taxpayers know that they may be eligible for a pin number.

The IRS also pointed to the impact of budget cuts on its ability to help taxpayers with these problems….Since 2010, the IRS budget has been reduced nearly $850 million. At the same time, [the IRS has] 13,000 fewer employees today than [it] did in 2010.

ThreatMetrix builds trust on the Internet by offering market-leading advanced fraud prevention and frictionless context-based security solutions. These solutions authenticate consumer and workforce access to mission critical applications using real-time identity and access analytics that leverage the world’s largest trusted identity network.

ThreatMetrix secures enterprise applications against account takeover, payment fraud, fraudulent account registrations, malware, and data breaches. Underpinning the solution is the ThreatMetrix® Global Trust Intelligence Network, which analyzes over 850 million monthly transactions and protects more than 210 million active user accounts across 3,000 customers and 15,000 websites.

The ThreatMetrix solution is deployed across a variety of industries, including financial services, enterprise, e-commerce, payments, social networks, government and insurance.

For more information, visit www.threatmetrix.com or call 1-408-200-5755.

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Speakers in Place for Sold-Out ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Prevention Summit 2014

Posted on November 6th, 2014 by Dan Rampe

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With Theme of “Building Trust on the Internet,” ThreatMetrix Kicks Off Fourth Annual Summit of Industry Leaders

The largest event of its kind with more than 250 cybersecurity experts from around the world, ThreatMetrix’s Fourth Annual Cybercrime Prevention Summit 2014 currently runs through November 7th at La Quinta Resort and Club in Palm Springs, California.

Building Trust

To meet this ever-growing threat, the Summit will focus on building trust on the Internet for businesses and consumers through a collective, network approach to cybersecurity. ThreatMetrix’s Global Trust Intelligence Network, the world’s largest trusted identity network, enables such an approach by sharing anonymized threat intelligence from 850 million monthly transactions across more than 3,000 customers.

Bert Rankin, ThreatMetrix CMO

“This year’s summit comes on the heels of October’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which focused on increasing online safety through the shared responsibility of businesses, government entities and consumers,” said Bert Rankin, chief marketing officer, ThreatMetrix. “No business can stand alone in the fight against cybercriminals and global shared intelligence is a necessity to combat today’s sophisticated fraudsters. The summit comes at an ideal time for experts and peers to come together and discuss best practices for a collective approach cybersecurity. We’ve gathered some of the industry’s brightest minds for this event and can’t wait to get the conversation started.”

Prominent speakers. Top companies.

Speakers include the best and brightest cybersecurity minds from around the globe:

  • Matthew Durdel, risk manager, Walmart.com payments and risk, manager, Walmart
  • Byron Acohido, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and editor-in-chief, ThirdCertainty
  • Julie Conroy, research director, Aite Group
  • Scott Boding, senior director of fraud solutions product management, CyberSource
  • Garrett Goff, manager of global payments analytics and fraud, Netflix, Inc.
  • Michael Braatz, senior vice president of payments risk management, ACI Worldwide
  • Mark Nelsen, vice president risk products and business intelligence, Visa
  • Kelly White, vice president and information security manager, Zions Bancorporation
  • Shiva Nathan, director of platform and services, Intuit
  • John Green, director of fraud, eBay
  • Reed Taussig, CEO, ThreatMetrix
  • Alisdair Faulkner, chief products officer, ThreatMetrix
  • Andreas Baumhof, chief technology officer, ThreatMetrix

Meet professionals. Share experiences.

The conference puts together these and other industry experts, technologists and fraud prevention and cybersecurity professionals across a wide range of verticals providing attendees the opportunity to make direct, meaningful connections through various activities, ranging from speaking sessions to golfing and hiking activities.

Bert Rankin adds

“The cybersecurity landscape is changing rapidly, and businesses need to consider a new, strategic approach to keep themselves and their customers safe,” said Rankin. “Summit attendees will hear new strategies from innovative speakers and have the opportunity to discuss their own ideas in a relaxed setting. We are confident all attendees will return with a fresh perspective on how to combat evolving cybercrime threats.”

Panels of experts discuss topics that include:

  • What’s Next: Staying Ahead of Cybercrime
  • Building Alliances to Make Cybersecurity a Shared Responsibility
  • Advancing Consumer Authentication
  • The Quest to be One Step Ahead: Emerging Options for Authentication
  • Fraud Fighting Techniques from the World’s Largest Retailer
  • Layered Security and the Evolving Account Takeover Threat
  • Preventing and Detecting Fraud in a Massive Global Marketplace
  • Information Security as Counterinsurgency

To learn more, please visit http://www.cybercrimepreventionsummit.com/.

ThreatMetrix builds trust on the Internet by offering market-leading advanced fraud prevention and frictionless context-based security solutions. These solutions authenticate consumer and workforce access to mission critical applications using real-time identity and access analytics that leverage the world’s largest trusted identity network.

ThreatMetrix secures enterprise applications against account takeover, payment fraud, fraudulent account registrations, malware, and data breaches. Underpinning the solution is the ThreatMetrix® Global Trust Intelligence Network, which analyzes over 850 million monthly transactions and protects more than 210 million active user accounts across 3,000 customers and 15,000 websites.

The ThreatMetrix solution is deployed across a variety of industries, including financial services, enterprise, e-commerce, payments, social networks, government and insurance.

For more information, visit www.threatmetrix.com or call 1-408-200-5755.

Join the cybersecurity conversation by visiting the ThreatMetrix blogFacebookLinkedIn and Twitter pages.

 

ThreatMetrix Announces Speaker Lineup for the ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Prevention Summit 2014: “Building Trust on the Internet”

Posted on November 6th, 2014 by Dan Rampe

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Fourth Annual Summit Brings Together Industry Leaders to Discuss Future Cybercrime Prevention Strategies

San Jose, CA – November 6, 2014 – ThreatMetrix®, the fastest-growing provider of context-based security and advanced fraud prevention solutions, today announced the speaker lineup for the ThreatMetrix® Cybercrime Prevention Summit 2014, themed “Building Trust on the Internet.” The fourth annual summit is currently being held at the La Quinta Resort and Club, Palm Springs, Calif. and runs through November 7.

The 2014 ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Prevention Summit is the largest of its kind, selling out this year’s event with more than 250 cybersecurity experts from around the globe in attendance to share strategies for making the Internet safer for business.

The summit will focus on building trust on the Internet for businesses and consumers through a collective, network approach to cybersecurity. The ThreatMetrix® Global Trust Intelligence Network, the world’s largest trusted identity network, enables such an approach by sharing anonymized threat intelligence of 850 million monthly transactions across more than 3,000 customers.

“This year’s summit comes on the heels of October’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which focused on increasing online safety through the shared responsibility of businesses, government entities and consumers,” said Bert Rankin, chief marketing officer, ThreatMetrix. “No business can stand alone in the fight against cybercriminals and global shared intelligence is a necessity to combat today’s sophisticated fraudsters. The summit comes at an ideal time for experts and peers to come together and discuss best practices for a collective approach cybersecurity. We’ve gathered some of the industry’s brightest minds for this event and can’t wait to get the conversation started.”

The ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Prevention Summit 2014 features a multitude of prominent speakers from top U.S. companies, including:

  • Matthew Durdel, risk manager, Walmart.com payments and risk, risk manager, Walmart
  • Byron Acohido, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and editor-in-chief, ThirdCertainty
  • Julie Conroy, research director, Aite Group
  • Scott Boding, senior director of fraud solutions product management, CyberSource
  • Garrett Goff, manager of global payments analytics and fraud, Netflix, Inc.
  • Michael Braatz, senior vice president of payments risk management, ACI Worldwide
  • Mark Nelsen, vice president risk products and business intelligence, Visa
  • Kelly White, vice president and information security manager, Zions Bancorporation
  • Shiva Nathan, director of platform and services, Intuit
  • John Green, director of fraud, eBay
  • Reed Taussig, CEO, ThreatMetrix
  • Alisdair Faulkner, chief products officer, ThreatMetrix
  • Andreas Baumhof, chief technology officer, ThreatMetrix

The conference will connect these and other industry experts, technologists and fraud prevention and cybersecurity practitioners across a wide range of verticals in the scenic desert setting of Palm Springs. The summit offers attendees the chance to make direct, meaningful connections through various activities, ranging from speaking sessions to golfing and hiking activities.

“The cybersecurity landscape is changing rapidly, and businesses need to consider a new, strategic approach to keep themselves and their customers safe,” said Rankin. “Summit attendees will hear new strategies from innovative speakers and have the opportunity to discuss their own ideas in a relaxed setting. We are confident all attendees will return with a fresh perspective on how to combat evolving cybercrime threats.”

The ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Prevention Summit 2014 features extensive speaking sessions with expert panels, including:

  • What’s Next: Staying Ahead of Cybercrime
  • Building Alliances to Make Cybersecurity a Shared Responsibility
  • Advancing Consumer Authentication
  • The Quest to be One Step Ahead: Emerging Options for Authentication
  • Fraud Fighting Techniques from the World’s Largest Retailer
  • Layered Security and the Evolving Account Takeover Threat
  • Preventing and Detecting Fraud in a Massive Global Marketplace
  • Information Security as Counterinsurgency

To learn more, please visit http://www.cybercrimepreventionsummit.com/.

ThreatMetrix Resources

About ThreatMetrix

ThreatMetrix builds trust on the Internet by offering market-leading advanced fraud prevention and frictionless context-based security solutions. These solutions authenticate consumer and workforce access to mission critical applications using real-time identity and access analytics that leverage the world’s largest trusted identity network.

ThreatMetrix secures enterprise applications against account takeover, payment fraud, fraudulent account registrations, malware, and data breaches. Underpinning the solution is the ThreatMetrix® Global Trust Intelligence Network, which analyzes over 850 million monthly transactions and protects more than 210 million active user accounts across 3,000 customers and 15,000 websites.

The ThreatMetrix solution is deployed across a variety of industries, including financial services, enterprise, e-commerce, payments, social networks, government and insurance.

For more information, visit www.threatmetrix.com or call 1-408-200-5755.

Join the cybersecurity conversation by visiting the ThreatMetrix blogFacebookLinkedIn and Twitter pages.

© 2014 ThreatMetrix. All rights reserved. ThreatMetrix, TrustDefender ID, TrustDefender Cloud, TrustDefender Mobile, TrustDefender Client, the TrustDefender Cybercrime Protection Platform, ThreatMetrix Labs, and the ThreatMetrix logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of ThreatMetrix in the United States and other countries. All other brand, service or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or owners.

Media Contacts

Dan Rampe
ThreatMetrix
Tel: 408-200-5716
Email: drampe@threatmetrix.com

Beth Kempton
Walker Sands Communications
Tel: 312.241.1178
Email: beth.kempton@walkersands.com

 

 

Fall 2014 Release Incorporates New Data Sources to Enrich ThreatMetrix Context-Based Authentication

Posted on November 5th, 2014 by Dan Rampe

Fall Release

Customers Can Integrate Information from Any Source to Enhance the ThreatMetrix Global Trust Intelligence Network’s Real-Time Analysis

ThreatMetrix’s Fall 2014 Release offers a whole host of new and improved features. Now customers can privately store and analyze organizational-supplied data to determine trust and risk levels and other attributes specific to their businesses. And, through its partnership with Webroot, a leader in cloud-based, real-time Internet threat detection, ThreatMetrix provides new capabilities for analyzing and determining risk factors for applications running on Android-based devices.

Enhancing and advancing ThreatMetrix’s context-based security and fraud prevention solutions, the Fall 2014 Release has:

  • Persona DB – Enabling organizations to privately store user or customer-identifying attributes, characteristics, and behaviors. Any data relevant to authorizing visitor access may be stored. This includes information such as normal usage locations, mobile phone numbers for step-up authentication, compromised IP or email addresses, banned country lists for compliance and countless other data elements. Persona DB lets ThreatMetrix customers perform a customizable, comprehensive user, device, and behavior analysis for each access or transaction attempt in real time.

“The new Persona DB enables ThreatMetrix customers to provide their own data sources to improve their ability to distinguish between trusted users and fraudulent activity,” said Ken Jochims, director of product marketing at ThreatMetrix. “For example, banks and financial institutions can include banned country lists to ensure they are compliant with governmental trade restrictions. In addition to blocking suspicious activity, Persona DB data can also be used to enhance good customer access by identifying trusted high-value customers through frequent flier status data, streamlining access or by applying other specialized actions.”

  • Mobile Application Analysis – Security risks inherent in mobile devices are more prevalent than ever, as 42 percent of Android applications have been classified as malicious, unwanted or suspicious. The Fall 2014 Release provides an integrity check of the mobile application it’s protecting to ensure it has not been compromised or contains malware. To detect the presence of malicious or unwanted apps it also scans all installed mobile applications to verify their reputation through The Network via integration with the Webroot BrightCloud Mobile App Reputation Service. These new data collection and analysis features, together with existing mobile detection and analysis capabilities, such as root detection, deliver a complete security-risk profile of each user’s device.

“We’re excited to partner with ThreatMetrix to extend our market-leading mobile classification services to determine trust levels for Android applications,” said Scott Merkle, vice president of enterprise and OEM sales at Webroot. “Together, we can empower organizations to identify threats lurking in mobile applications while maintaining compliance by protecting access and transactions for a multitude of mobile devices.”

“As cybercriminals continue to advance their capabilities, ThreatMetrix will ensure it is providing customers with the most in-depth data available for analysis,” said Jochims. “Together, Persona DB and Mobile Application Analysis enrich and expand the data available to The Network. These capabilities enable businesses to identify cybercriminals in real time while creating enhanced experiences for trusted customers or users.”

ThreatMetrix builds trust on the Internet by offering market-leading advanced fraud prevention and frictionless context-based security solutions. These solutions authenticate consumer and workforce access to mission critical applications using real-time identity and access analytics that leverage the world’s largest trusted identity network.

ThreatMetrix secures enterprise applications against account takeover, payment fraud, fraudulent account registrations, malware, and data breaches. Underpinning the solution is the ThreatMetrix® Global Trust Intelligence Network, which analyzes over 850 million monthly transactions and protects more than 210 million active user accounts across 3,000 customers and 15,000 websites.

The ThreatMetrix solution is deployed across a variety of industries, including financial services, enterprise, e-commerce, payments, social networks, government and insurance.

For more information, visit www.threatmetrix.com or call 1-408-200-5755.

Join the cybersecurity conversation by visiting the ThreatMetrix blogFacebookLinkedIn and Twitter pages.

 

ThreatMetrix Incorporates New Data Sources to Enrich Context-Based Authentication Solutions

Posted on November 4th, 2014 by Dan Rampe

Fall Release

Additions to the ThreatMetrix Global Trust Intelligence Network Enable Real-Time Analysis of Customer Provided Data and Android Application Data

San Jose, CA – November 4, 2014 – ThreatMetrix®, the fastest-growing provider of context-based security and advanced fraud prevention solutions, today announced the availability of the ThreatMetrix Fall 2014 Release. This latest release delivers improvements in how ThreatMetrix customers can integrate information from any source to enhance the depth and breadth of data available for real-time analysis by the ThreatMetrix® Global Trust Intelligence Network (The Network). The Fall 2014 Release also includes new capabilities to analyze and determine risk factors associated with applications running on Android-based devices.

This release provides ThreatMetrix customers with the ability to privately store and analyze organizational-supplied data relevant to determining trust and risk levels or other attributes specific to their business. Additionally, the Fall 2014 Release delivers mobile risk and trust analysis improvements to better determine the trustworthiness of applications running on Android devices through a partnership with Webroot, the market leader in cloud-based, real-time Internet threat detection.

The Fall 2014 Release enhances ThreatMetrix’s context-based security and advanced fraud prevention solutions through:

  • Persona DB – This new capability enables organizations to privately store user or customer-identifying attributes, characteristics, and behaviors. Any data relevant to authorizing visitor access can be stored, including information such as normal usage locations, mobile phone numbers for step-up authentication, compromised IP or email addresses, banned country lists for compliance and countless other data elements. This feature enables ThreatMetrix customers to perform a customizable, comprehensive user, device, and behavior analysis for each access or transaction attempt in real time.

“The new Persona DB enables ThreatMetrix customers to provide their own data sources to improve their ability to distinguish between trusted users and fraudulent activity,” said Ken Jochims, director of product marketing at ThreatMetrix. “For example, banks and financial institutions can include banned country lists to ensure they are compliant with governmental trade restrictions. In addition to blocking suspicious activity, Persona DB data can also be used to enhance good customer access by identifying trusted high-value customers through frequent flier status data, streamlining access or by applying other specialized actions.”

  • Mobile Application Analysis – Security risks inherent in mobile devices are more prevalent than ever, as 42 percent of Android applications have been classified as malicious, unwanted or suspicious. This new capability provides an integrity check of the mobile application it’s protecting to ensure it has not been compromised or contains malware. It also scans all installed mobile applications to verify their reputation though The Network via integration with the Webroot BrightCloud® Mobile App Reputation Service to detect the presence of malicious or unwanted apps in order to reduce the risk of personal information theft. These new data collection and analysis features, together with existing mobile detection and analysis capabilities, such as root detection, deliver a complete security risk profile of each user’s device.

“We’re excited to partner with ThreatMetrix to extend our market-leading mobile classification services to determine trust levels for Android applications,” said Scott Merkle, vice president of enterprise and OEM sales at Webroot. “Together, we can empower organizations to identify threats lurking in mobile applications while maintaining compliance by protecting access and transactions for a multitude of mobile devices.”

“As cybercriminals continue to advance their capabilities, ThreatMetrix will ensure it is providing customers with the most in-depth data available for analysis,” said Jochims. “Together, Persona DB and Mobile Application Analysis enrich and expand the data available to The Network. These capabilities enable businesses to identify cybercriminals in real time while creating enhanced experiences for trusted customers or users.”

ThreatMetrix Resources

About Webroot

Webroot is the market leader in cloud-based, real-time internet threat detection for consumers, businesses and enterprises. We have revolutionized internet security to protect all the ways users connect online. Webroot delivers real-time advanced internet threat protection to customers through its BrightCloud® security intelligence platform, and its SecureAnywhere™ suite of cloud-based security products for endpoints, mobile devices and corporate networks. Over 7 million consumers, 1.5 million business users and 1.3 million mobile users are protected by Webroot. Market-leading security companies, including Cisco, F5 Networks, GateProtect, HP, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Proofpoint, RSA and others choose Webroot to provide advanced Internet threat protection for their products and services. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Colorado, Webroot is the largest privately held internet Security Company in the United States – operating globally across North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information on our products and services, visit www.webroot.com.

About ThreatMetrix

ThreatMetrix builds trust on the Internet by offering market-leading advanced fraud prevention and frictionless context-based security solutions. These solutions authenticate consumer and workforce access to mission critical applications using real-time identity and access analytics that leverage the world’s largest trusted identity network.

ThreatMetrix secures enterprise applications against account takeover, payment fraud, fraudulent account registrations, malware, and data breaches. Underpinning the solution is the ThreatMetrix® Global Trust Intelligence Network, which analyzes over 850 million monthly transactions and protects more than 210 million active user accounts across 3,000 customers and 15,000 websites.

The ThreatMetrix solution is deployed across a variety of industries, including financial services, enterprise, e-commerce, payments, social networks, government and insurance.

For more information, visit www.threatmetrix.com or call 1-408-200-5755.

Join the cybersecurity conversation by visiting the ThreatMetrix blogFacebookLinkedIn and Twitter pages.

© 2014 ThreatMetrix. All rights reserved. ThreatMetrix, TrustDefender ID, TrustDefender Cloud, TrustDefender Mobile, TrustDefender Client, the TrustDefender Cybercrime Protection Platform, ThreatMetrix Labs, and the ThreatMetrix logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of ThreatMetrix in the United States and other countries. All other brand, service or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or owners.

Media Contacts

Dan Rampe
ThreatMetrix
Tel: 408-200-5716
Email: drampe@threatmetrix.com

Beth Kempton
Walker Sands Communications
Tel: 312.241.1178
Email: beth.kempton@walkersands.com