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Deloitte today celebrated the 25th anniversary and release of its “North America Technology Fast 500,” an annual ranking of the fastest-growing North American companies in the technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and energy tech sectors.

Technology Fast 500 awardees are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2015 to 2018. Over the past quarter century, the Fast 500 program has honored nearly 6,000 companies across North America.

For more information, see the full press release here >

During the last week of October, Payfone was onstage multiple times at Money 2020, one of the largest conferences where the financial services industry congregates to connect and create the future of money. During the event, we had a chance to engage with our customers, meet with partners and new prospects, and take part in key industry conversations. Payfone’s CEO, Rodger Desai spoke with industry leaders in two fireside chats about relevant topics – the customer experience, Pass Rates and Trust Scores.

Rodger joined Carol Juel, Synchrony’s EVP and CIO, to discuss the merging of physical and digital worlds to ensure fast and easy payments and the new ways the transformation of the payments industry will have on consumers and businesses. The discussion revolved around how trust is at the core of delivering fast, easy and secure customer experiences and the importance of pass rates. During this chat, Carol referenced Synchrony’s partnership with Payfone with complimentary shout-outs “Payfone is a shining example of how work gets done” and “the opportunity to work with Payfone brings trust to another level.”  Thank you, Carol!

Rodger was joined onstage for a fireside chat with Mastercard’s Rob Carter, Director, Product Development & Innovation, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions, about “The Trust Gap” whereby approval rates of card not present transactions are 25% lower than card present transactions. The discussion revolved around this phenomenon that hinders the customer experience, stunts revenue and increases operating costs. Practices that enterprises can follow to reverse this Trust Gap were discussed.

To learn more about how to close the Trust Gap and leverage the Trust Score™, please visit: 

https://info.payfone.com/create-digital-trust-with-identity-verification

PayPal Holdings Inc. and Synchrony Financial have been sparing about the details of a new credit card they plan to issue for PayPal’s Venmo peer-to-peer payment service, but on Monday a top Synchrony executive said the partners are counting on a key characteristic of Venmo to help market the new card.

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Here’s how Tearsheet describes their Fintech Toolkit and why they started it:

  • The number of financial technology tools and platforms available is ramping up. It’s a challenge for us – who review, analyze and write about this stuff everyday – to keep up.
  • These fintech options extend beyond the walls of financial institutions. Where Banking as a Service technology helped launch some of the early digital challenger banks, payments and banking technology are making their way into industries like retail, transportation, and travel. Financial services getting embedded everywhere.
  • In an effort to organize all these tools, Tearsheet created The Fintech Toolkit, a listing of what we believe to be the most powerful fintech tools and companies on the market. Our intention was to make this a valuable resource for product managers (in financial services and outside), business development execs, marketers, and investors.
  • We think of the Fintech Toolkit as a living project. Our goal is to list the best two or three companies in each category.

Check out Tearsheet’s Fintech Toolkit here and check out the ID Authentication section for our listing >

Heading to HLTH this month? Come by booth #203 to meet the Payfone Healthcare team and learn how our digital trust solutions can transform your member/patient experience and supercharge engagement.

Who?: The Payfone Healthcare team & you
What?: Key digital transformation use cases such as password-less login, identity authentication for telehealth services, online portal registration, and call center authentication
Where?: Booth #203 at HLTH at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas
When?: October 27-30
Why?: Learn from Payfone’s digital identity “sherpas” who can guide your digital authentication and verification strategies to enhance member/patient experiences and engagement while protecting privacy. See how Payfone’s patented Trust Score can significantly increase your percentage of members/patients that can interact with you frictionlessly, and try our demo to get your own Trust Score.

Click here to set up a one-on-one meeting with us at HLTH >

SIM swap attacks continue to make headlines, with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey becoming one of the most famous victims to date when his mobile phone number was taken over last month. Similar scams are rapidly increasing in frequency, impacting high-profile CEOs, Hollywood celebrities, cryptocurrency communities, and everyday people, as criminals take advantage of security loopholes and the vulnerabilities of 2FA (two-factor authentication) to hijack social media accounts or steal money and cryptocurrency by taking over victims’ mobile phone numbers.

This week, we announced that we are taking a stand and extending our SIM swap detection algorithms to even more consumers to protect them from a fast-growing fraud scheme that easily breaks 2FA, costing them millions in lost dollars and personal data.

Read the Full Press Release Here

The call center is one of the most challenging channels when it comes to balancing security with customer experience. Fraud methods that target the call center – such as ANI-spoofing and account takeover attacks – are on the rise, with 51 percent of financial service professionals believing that phone channels see the greatest number of ATO attempts.* At the same time, we all know how unpleasant it can be to deal with security processes such as knowledge-based authentication and PIN codes when dialing into a call center, and quick and easy user enrollment remains a top priority for 91 percent of call center industry leaders.*

The good news is that there is hope for brands looking to use technology to solve these issues. Payfone’s Call Center solution uses a sophisticated, multi-layer approach to authenticating call center calls and the identity of callers to prevent ANI-spoofing and ATOs while also delivering a frictionless experience to >90% of callers. Enterprises can alleviate security concerns by leveraging the Payfone Trust Score™ and call authentication for real-time porting and SIM swap intelligence and to prove possession of the phone dialing into the call center. The Fonebook can then be used to identify callers for an increased ANI-match rate that eliminates the need for KBA questions and contains callers in the IVR so that they can quickly service themselves instead of requiring human intervention.

Curious to see what other features make Payfone’s Call Center solution so comprehensive and to see how your current solution stacks up? Download our Call Center Authentication Checklist below for the most critical differentiators to look for in a solution.

*Source: PYMNTS

 

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In Q1 2019, some mobile network operators (MNOs) decided to stop making certain data available for inquiry to third-party identity authentication providers. This decision created concern regarding a possible gap in identity verification coverage. But was it actually a blessing in disguise? Join Payfone CEO Rodger Desai at Fraud Force 2019 on September 19th as he breaks down what companies can do to approach the situation as an opportunity to address the challenges presented by MNO data, and to implement solutions that offer higher coverage, increased privacy, and reduced operational complexity. This session will include an actionable checklist of things that enterprises can get started with today to bolster their identity authentication plans for the future. See you in Portland!

See the full Fraud Force agenda >

Read Aite Group’s report on how diversified signals proved superior to MNO data alone >

TSYS unveiled a breakthrough authentication product today that delivers unprecedented real-time verification of customer identities to help companies combat synthetic and account takeover fraud. Called the TSYS Authentication Platform, the new offering leverages Payfone’s Trust Platform and Trust Score to verify that a customer is who he or she claims to be, which will enable enterprises to provide a frictionless customer experience while reducing application, transaction and account takeover fraud.

The TSYS Authentication Platform is available in Europe now and is expected to launch in North America in 2020.

For more information, see the full press release here >

All companies want better privacy, security and ease-of-use for their customers, but it’s often difficult to weed through the marketing hyperbole and get to the bottom of what makes one identity authentication method better than another. NIST, the National Institute of Standards & Technology offers a practical, third-party way to overcome the confusion with clear-cut cybersecurity and privacy standards and best practices for enterprises in the U.S. to adopt.

NIST 800-63B “Authentication & Lifecycle Management”, is a government publication based on a collaboration with industry experts which sorts authentication options into good, better, best categories, assigning “assurance levels”. The publication includes descriptions of AAL1 (the lowest authentication assurance level); AAL2, a multi-factor authenticator or a combination of single-factor authenticators; and AAL3, the highest level, which must include a hardware crypto-device. Click here for a summary of NIST’s assurance levels in plain language and learn how you can get a complimentary consultation to definitively see what level of assurance your current or prospective identity authentication methods meet.

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