Digital Identity Technology Company Achieves Dramatic Growth with Innovative Offerings
New York, April 9, 2020 – Payfone, a leader in identity verification and authentication, announced today that the Financial Times has named the company in the top 500 of The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2020. This is the first time FT is publishing this list for The Americas, which is focused on companies that offer impressive innovation and growth in the region.
“The inaugural FT Americas ranking comes at a perilous and uncertain time for many companies, as the coronavirus severely curtails economies, workforces and ultimately growth,” said Maxine Kelly, Commissioning Editor, Special Reports at Financial Times. “Yet the ranking also highlights 500 businesses across the continent for whom innovation and creativity have paid off — attributes that will underpin resilience and enable many of them to thrive once the worst effects of the pandemic are behind them.”
Payfone, which helps its enterprise clients to secure and streamline their customer journeys through Phone Intelligence-based identity verification, ranked #4 among companies in its category and #127 overall on the list of 500 companies. The global company, which experienced 596-percent growth from 2015 to 2018, attributes its rapid growth rate to its unique technology and patents, which enable companies to solve a number of challenges across mobile, web, and call center channels. Two examples that are particularly relevant today are the company’s call center ANI match technology, which significantly reduces call wait times, and its telehealth optimization solution, which helps telemedicine companies to accelerate sign-ups and logins for new and returning healthcare consumers while improving their privacy and security.
Although the award focuses on the Americas, Payfone’s international solutions, such as its anti-SIM swap fraud and PSD2 SCA technologies, which are available in the United Kingdom and other European countries, were a major factor in driving its global growth.
“It is an honor to be recognized for our growth and innovation in the Financial Times’ inaugural list for the Americas,” said Rodger Desai, CEO of Payfone. “As digital and phone transactions surge, the need for fast and secure identity verification has become even more vital. We are committed to helping companies prioritize and accelerate their plans to optimize their online and call center experiences to offer their customers the best possible service, even in challenging times.”
The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2020 is a joint project by the Financial Times and Statista. The results were achieved by conducting months of research, public calls, intensive database research and directly contacting tens of thousands of companies. The final list recognizes the Top 500 companies in the Americas that have achieved the highest compound annual growth in revenues between 2015 and 2018.
Payfone’s award-winning Phone Intelligence technology replaces traditional identity verification processes such as easy-to-forget passwords, cumbersome security questions, and clumsy SMS OTPs with a solution that is both more secure and easier for end-users. Through Phone Intelligence and its patented Trust Score™, Payfone is able to verify consumers’ identities in an instant, invisible, and inclusive way across mobile, web, and call center interactions. Payfone serves the majority of US financial institutions, and leading healthcare, insurance, technology and retail companies. Learn more at payfone.com and linkedin.com/company/payfone.
International Fraud Awareness Week is taking place this week from November 17th through 23rd. Identity fraud is growing at a rapid pace, and data breaches fuel a wide range of attack vectors, impacting big brands and their consumers on a daily basis. Online fraud losses are up >10% for more than half of FIs*.
This is a good time to evaluate new technologies that can bolster security and privacy while enhancing the user experience. The right technology choices can help enterprises achieve many of their strategic objectives and result in increased traffic, higher conversion rates, reduced fraud, simplified operations and streamlined compliance.
One of these key technologies is WebAuthn. WebAuthn, the W3C password-less MFA standard, will revolutionize the online experience in 2020 as it moves into widescale deployment. It supports device embedded cryptographic authenticators. This easy-to-use, strong multi-factor protocol frees users from having to remember passwords, provides a great user experience and mitigates over 99.9% on ATO fraud vectors.
WebAuthn provides an enhanced multi-factor authentication capability for the web – for browser, mobile web and mobile applications. It has several major benefits:
*Aite Group May 2019
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.
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.
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.
Introduces further enhancements to new account set up accelerating convenience and speed
October 28, 2019 —LAS VEGAS, Money 2020 – Synchrony (NYSE: SYF), a premier consumer financial services company, today announced more seamless and streamlined experiences for its customers to apply for credit and to make Synchrony Bank deposits. These industry-leading capabilities dramatically simplify the application and account opening processes by reducing the number of fields a customer completes, implementing prefill and redesigning the customer experience from the ground up.
“Synchrony is passionate about driving seamless digital customer experiences,” said Synchrony Chief Marketing Officer Bart Schaller. “We’ve invested heavily in the technology and expertise needed to deliver the fastest and easiest experience possible for our customers.”
Three Step Credit Application Process
With nearly half of Synchrony’s credit applications originating online and via mobile, Synchrony recently unveiled enhancements to dApply, a digital process that now allows customers to seamlessly apply for credit in just three steps and receive approval right away. Synchrony’s robust technology architecture and data-driven credit decisioning, combined with its partnership with Payfone, a digital identity authentication leader whose capabilities passively verify phone line ownership, possession and behavior with Trust Score™, a real time assessment of identity confidence, enables the company to rapidly verify identities, guard against fraud, and approve credit almost instantaneously.
Applicants simply enter the last four digits of their social security number into the digital form and verify the pre-filled information generated from their mobile device fetched from Payfone’s de-centralized identity graph, after explicit consumer consent. This is an 80% reduction in the number of fields a customer needs to complete. As a dynamic tool, dApply can be configured to each Synchrony partner, personalizing the look and feel with individual brands. The dApply system works across devices, from mobile to tablet to desktop.
Faster Bank Account Opening
Utilizing the same technologies and learnings, Synchrony also dramatically simplified the process for Synchrony’s online bank customers to open and fund an account — now in as little as five minutes. Employing advanced digital tools, the Synchrony Bank account opening process now has 50 percent fewer fields for a customer to complete. Customer information can be auto-populated in an online form, followed by a few simple questions. Customers no longer have to enter existing bank account information to fund an account, instead leveraging username and password to link accounts.
“The investments we’ve made in our technology over the past few years have helped us leapfrog the competition and deliver seamless experiences to our customers. We continue to build and develop digital innovations alongside our partners, allowing us to quickly deliver and scale,” said Carol Juel, chief information officer, Synchrony. “We’ll continue to innovate so we can offer customers what they need wherever they may be shopping – online, instore or via mobile.”
Synchrony is a premier consumer financial services company delivering customized financing programs across key industries including retail, health, auto, travel and home, along with award-winning consumer banking products. With more than $140 billion in sales financed and 80.3 million active accounts, Synchrony brings deep industry expertise, actionable data insights, innovative solutions and differentiated digital experiences to improve the success of every business we serve and the quality of each life we touch. More information can be found at www.synchrony.com and through Twitter: @Synchrony.
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.
Is your customer experience designed for the wrong person?
That’s the question that Payfone’s CEO Rodger Desai and Mastercard’s Director of Product Development & Innovation Rob Carter will explore in their Money20/20 fireside chat about an emerging economic phenomenon known as the “Trust Gap“. The session will examine how the fear of fraud has forced many companies to design their online journeys for fraudsters instead of customers, hindering the customer experience, stunting revenue and increasing operating costs. Desai and Carter will also break down some of the practices that Mastercard is employing to reverse the Trust Gap, and how other enterprises can follow similar strategies to create faster, frictionless and more fraud-free experiences for customers.
Tuesday, October 29, 3:05 PM – 3:25 PM
Tech Tonic, Expo Hall, Level 2, The Venetian
And don’t forget to visit us at booth K52 to check out our Trust Score demo and get your personal Trust Score!
NEW YORK (September 30, 2019) – 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.
Payfone, the world’s leading digital identity authentication provider, today announced that it is taking a stand against SIM swap attacks with real-time SIM swap fraud detection technology that has the power to end these kinds of hacks for even more consumers.
The technology leverages Payfone’s Trust Score™, a real-time measure of identity confidence, and telecom intelligence signals to thwart both SIM swap and device swap fraud in real time. The patented capability is the only technology of its kind that can inform banks, cryptocurrency platforms, social media platforms, and other service providers of suspicious activity related to SIM swaps in real time, allowing them to take action to prevent illegitimate withdrawals and transactions while also making it easy for legitimate customers to transact.
“Businesses and consumers now rely on 2FA to secure our most essential digital services, services that are woven into the fabric of our daily lives,”said Rodger Desai, Chief Executive Officer, Payfone. “It’s critical that we extend our technology to take a stand to fight this national threat.”
To carry out SIM swap fraud, hackers take over a victim’s phone number and exploit weaknesses in 2FA in order to gain access to bank, cryptocurrency, or social media accounts. Without Payfone’s advanced algorithms, enterprises with SIM swap detection technology may have visibility into the fact that a SIM swap has occurred, but they are unable to see when the event took place, which is a major factor when it comes to differentiating fraud from a legitimate transaction. With Payfone’s real-time SIM swap detection algorithms, companies can now not only see that a SIM swap has taken place, but also the proximity of the event to a high-risk transaction (for example, a SIM swap that is immediately followed by a password reset).
In addition to preventing fraudsters from accessing victims’ accounts illegally, Payfone’s patented technology enables a more frictionless and pleasant experience for good customers. Since many SIM swaps are legitimate (in 2018, there were 90 million ports and 100 million device upgrades in the U.S.), enterprises do not want to slow down the experience for customers who may have legitimately ported their numbers or upgraded their devices. By analyzing the contextual behavior and time of a SIM swap, Payfone’s Trust Score can provide a faster and easier experience for good customers while identifying potential bad actors and subjecting them to further inspection.
Enterprises who are interested in protecting their customers against SIM swap fraud via Payfone’s service can visit payfone.com for more information.
Payfone’s award-winning Trust Platform™ and Trust Score™ bring trust to the digital economy by enabling businesses to instantly verify customers while thwarting fraud and cyberattacks in real-time; all within a privacy-first, zero-knowledge framework. Payfone serves 6 of the top 10 US financial institutions, and leading healthcare, insurance, technology and retail companies. Learn more at payfone.com and linkedin.com/company/payfone.
Growing instances of fraud in digital channels (“year-over-year online fraud losses are up 10% or more for 60% of FI risk executives surveyed” – Aite Group research, 2019) are forcing enterprises to design their customer experiences around preventing fraud rather than creating great customer experiences with fast and easy interactions. The fear of fraud overtaking the desire to deliver great user experiences creates a “Trust Gap” whereby most companies can only “pass” ~40% of customers during digital interactions (such as logging in to online or mobile accounts or calling into a call center) without subjecting them to cumbersome identity authentication processes such as security questions and SMS passcodes. The Trust Gap describes the discrepancy between the ~60% of interactions that brands typically treat with suspicion despite the fact that only 2-3% of transactions actually deserve further inspection.
Research indicates that many enterprises are actively working to overcome the Trust Gap to be able to extend the best possible user experiences to customers without sacrificing security. According to Aite Group, 86% of merchants surveyed and 88% of FI respondents indicated that improving the CX is the #1 key factor driving their investments in anti-fraud technology.
How can companies use the Trust Gap to their benefit to get a leg-up on the competition? Head to Forbes to read what our CEO, Rodger Desai, says about how trust will be the KPI that reshuffles the Fortune 500, and what enterprises can do to start capitalizing on this trend.