Safe Spaces: The Best of the Authenticators, Verifiers, and Fraud Fighters

Left to right: A representative from Alipay joins Tinna Hung, Director of Marketing for EyeVerify during a demonstration of Eyeprint ID at FinovateAsia 2016.

This month we’re highlighting the issue of security in fintech. Our first installment was our interview with ENVEIL CEO Ellison Anne Williams.

Today we use the lens of our Best of Show awards to take a look at companies innovating in the security space for financial services companies and institutions. Three security companies have won Best of Show awards in more than one conference. Biometric specialists EyeVerify and BehavioSec have both earned Best of Show trophies on three separate occasions. Interestingly, both companies won one of their Best of Show awards at FinovateAsia; BehavioSec in Singapore, EyeVerify in Hong Kong. (Speaking of FinovateAsia, remember that Finovate returns to the Far East November 7 & 8.)

Earning two Best of Show awards was Silver Tail Systems (now a part of RSA, the security division of EMC, which acquired the company in 2012). Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Menlo Park, company was a pioneer in leveraging real-time behavior analysis to spot and stop business logic abuse on financial institution websites.

BehavioSec CEO Neil Costigan demonstrating BehavioWeb and BehavioMobile at FinovateEurope 2014.

EyeVerify, which was acquired by Ant Financial last fall, announced in August that it was rebranding as Zoloz. In a blog post at the company’s website, CEO Toby Rush said the new company would be focused on providing a hosted identity platform geared toward the Asian market. “Underserved and underbanked consumers in this region are moving to mobile so quickly that they have leapfrogged biometrics adoption and identity services in other geographies,” Rush wrote. “The platform is centered around the idea that I am me, my phone should just know me, and my apps and services should know me – automatically, conveniently, and securely,” he explained.

Zoloz is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, and was founded in 2012. The company most recently demonstrated its technology at FinovateEurope 2017.

BehavioSec, the behavioral biometric innovator, forged a partnership with Gemalto earlier this summer, to provide end-user verification and identity solutions as FIs increasingly embrace digital technologies. “Removing bottlenecks to achieve full digitization of a business goes hand-in-hand with conquering online fraud, through a layered an collaborative approach,” Costigan said. In May, BehavioSec teamed up with fellow Finovate alum Kount, integrating its behavioral biometric technology with Kount’s fraud management platform. A partnership with Appdome this spring produced AppFusion for BehavioSec, a solution that makes it easier for app developers to add behavior-based biometric authentication to their mobile apps.

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, BehavioSec was founded in 2009. The three-time Best of Show winner most recently demonstrated its technology at FinovateFall 2015.

Making it on the Finovate stage as a security solutions provider is one challenge. Taking home a Best of Show trophy as a company dedicated to helping stop fraudulent transactions, prevent unauthorized access, and create truly “safe spaces” in a connected world is quite another. Here is the full list of security companies that have won Best of Show awards at Finovate conferences.

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  • Silver Tail Systems (demo)

AnchorID Adds Apple, SolarCity Vet Mark Roe to Board of Directors

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Former Senior Director of Worldwide Service for Apple and VP of Operations and Engineering for SolarCity, Mark Roe, will join the AnchorID Board of Directors. AnchorID CEO David Schropfer praised Roe’s experience “at Silicon Valley titans like Apple and Palm” and said his arrival coincides with the company’s growth plans – specifically within the U.S. credit union market. Schropfer also underscored Roe’s background in scaling operations, strategic implementation of IT systems, and “driving customer satisfaction.”

anchorid_markroe_newCredited with helping bring SolarCity public in 2013, Roe (pictured) said AnchorID had “the potential to become a billion dollar provider of new identity services.” Previous to Roe’s tenure at SolarCity and Apple, he was VP of Customer Service & Quality at Palm and, before that VP of Operations Engineering at Webvan. In addition to management stints at Accenture and Texas Instruments, Roe earned a BS in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an MBA from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Kingston, New York, AnchorID demonstrated its enterprise grade authentication technology at FinovateFall 2014, taking home Best of Show honors. AnchorID offers a wide variety of authentication solutions – from phone, fingerprint, and voiceprint to soft tokens, PIN, and geocentric – to ensure that businesses and institutions have the identity proofing and KYC resources required in their industries. With more than $1 million in funding, the company announced a partnership with Los Angeles-based, white-label, digital wallet solutions provider, CU Wallet last fall.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • AnchorID Adds Apple, SolarCity Vet Mark Roe to Board of Directors.
  • Equifax Shakes Up Mortgage Tech with Castlight Partnership
  • Payfone Lands $23.5 Million in Funding

Around the web

  • Pakistan’s Samba Bank to deploy new core banking technology from Temenos.
  • Infosys’s core banking software Finacle goes live at Nepal’s Sunrise Bank.
  • ACI Worldwide to provide fraud protection for Kuwait’s Shared Electronic Banking Services Company (KNET).
  • Mitek partners with the American Cancer Society, supporting mobile fundraising with its mobile deposit and MiSnap technology.
  • Check Point Software partners with Attivo Networks to improve fraud detection.
  • DAVO Technologies has just been approved as a Certified Electronic Return Originator (ERO) with the California State Board of Equalization.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

 

AnchorID Brings Custom Authentication to Credit Unions

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CU Wallet, a Los Angeles-based provider of white-label digital wallet solutions for regional and community FIs, has picked Finovate Best of Show winner AnchorID to provide multifactor authentication. Pointing to the unique challenges of small and midsize banks and credit unions, CU Wallet CEO Paul Fiore praised both the level of KYC compliance and variety of authentication solutions available via AnchorID. Specifically, Fiore credited the enterprise-grade authentication specialist for developing a platform that does not require having access to core processor data. Fiore says AnchorID “levels the playing field.”

AnchorID CEO David W. Schropfer added that his company’s technology also makes it easier for FIs to keep up with new technological challenges. “Our proprietary platform solves the authentication problems of today and tomorrow by enabling access to new technology as it becomes available,” he said. This helps smaller banks and credit unions in particular take advantage of innovations in authentication and security without worrying about the spending money on soon-to-be-obsolete technologies.

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CEO David Schropfer demonstrated AnchorID at FinovateFall 2014 in New York.

An innovator in the field of global access and identity proofing, AnchorID’s authentication solutions include a wide variety of technologies for the enterprise. From biometric solutions using fingerprint, voice and iris, to PIN, and soft token, and device-based authentication strategies, AnchorID’s multifaceted approach allows enterprises to experiment and select the authentication strategies that fit them best. The technology integrates readily with Microsoft Active Directory and Azure, Linux, LDAP, and SAML. As part of AnchorID’s new partnership with CU Wallet, more than 100 regional and community banks and credit unions will get access to AnchorID’s authentication solutions.

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Kingston, New York, AnchorID demonstrated its technology at FinovateFall 2014, where it won Best of Show. The company was featured in Mergermarket and highlighted by Consumer Reports in its “Bright Ideas” column in December 2014. AnchorID has raised more than $1 million in funding.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • AnchorID Brings Custom Authentication to Credit Unions
  • FinovateFall 2016 Best of Show Winners Announced
  • Trustly Taps Oscar Berglund as New CEO
  • FinovateFall 2016: Live from the Twitterverse

Around the web

  • Kantox launches dynamic hedging to help monitor currency risk in real-time.
  • FIS brings its Cardless Cash solution to CO-Op Financial Services.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

 

Alumni News– December 16, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTop Image Systems announces closing “six-figure eFLOW5 deal” with leading Asia-Pacific bank.
  • ACCESSbank to deploy turnkey insurance agency courtesy of Insuritas.
  • Klarna payment solution now integrated into ekmPowershop.
  • D3 Banking partners with ProfitStars to offer iPay Consumer Bill Pay.
  • Pymnts interviews Jingit, Spreedly, and TSYS CEOs on what they think will make or break 2015.
  • Pymnts: PayPal Loan Program to Compete with Lending Club.
  • ShopKeep gives free NFC reader to new customers wanting to accept ApplePay.
  • Finovate Debuts: EyeLock’s Myris Device Authenticates Using Iris Identification.
  • Arroweye Solutions to Provide Debit and Prepaid Card Production to DMS Bank & Trust Ltd. 
  • ZenPayroll now lets companies match employees’ charitable donations.
  • Arxan Integrates With IBM Security AppScan and Trusteer Products.
  • Mint launches bill pay and management platform.
  • Entersekt Receives Honorable Mention in 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for User Authentication.
  • Interactions closes strategic deal to acquire AT&T Watson speech recognition and natural language understanding platform.
  • Consumer Reports features AnchorID, Betterment, Blooom, EverSafe, FutureAdvisor, iQuantifi, MaxMyInterest, and Wealthfront in its column, “Bright Ideas for a Prosperous 2015.”
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

FinovateFall 2014 Best of Show Winners

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After a busy two days at FinovateFall packed with people, some of the most innovative new technology we’ve seen, and some rather entertaining demos, the audience has spoken. 

A huge thanks to everyone who came out to be a part of our record breaking audience and cast their votes. Each attendee was able to vote for their top three favorite company demos both days, and the top seven were crowned Best of Show winners.
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Here they are in alphabetical order:

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AnchorID for its new way to log into websites and apps. One universal username logs you in with unique security.

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blooom for its simple tool built to fix the millions of mis-invested 401(k) allocations for individual clients.

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CrowdFlower for its leading data enrichment platform to help data scientists, analysts, and engineers collect, clean, and label data to make it useful.

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Loyal3 for its use of social technologies to democratize the markets, making investing in IPOs and stocks easy and affordable for everyone.

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MX/MoneyDesktop for its WideNet Technology to help FIs expand their market reach, and its Helios cross-platform digital banking app.

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NICE Systems for its real-time authentication that strengthens and streamlines the authentication process in real-time, while customers converse with an agent.

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Toopher for its multi-factor authentication platform that uses the location awareness of your smartphone to automate authentication for logins and critical actions.

Again, thanks to everyone who came out to the show. We’ll see you next year!

Notes on methodology:  

1. Only audience members NOT associated with demoing companies were eligible to vote. Finovate employees did not vote.     
2. Attendees were encouraged to note their favorites during each day. At the end of the last demo, they chose their three favorites.    
3. The exact written instructions given to attendees: “Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation demoed.”  
4. The seven companies appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named Best of Show.  
5. Go here for a list of previous Best of Show winners. 

Alumni News– August 21, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAmerican Banker takes a look at the new Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator, with alums EyeVerify and Zumigo in the inaugural class.
  • Check out our first FinDEVr Preview, featuring Yodlee Interactive. Join Yodlee at FinDEVr in San Francisco this fall.
  • The Paypers spotlights BioCatch and the company’s cognitive science-based biometric technology. See BioCatch at FinovateFall in New York next month.
  • MasterCard partnership with Zimbabwe’s EcoCash designed to boost mobile money services in Africa. MasterCard is a presenter and sponsor of FinDEVr, the first fintech event for developers.
  • Taulia sees more than 350% growth in second quarter of 2014.
  • Mergermarket.com features AnchorID in latest report. See AnchorID’s live demo at FinovateFall in NYC.
  • GECU providing members with online and mobile digital banking services from Digital Insight.
  • PayNearMe partners with Systems & Methods to offer a way to pay child support in cash. Check out PayNearMe at FinDEVr.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.