FinovateWest Digital 2020 Sneak Peek: Breach Clarity

FinovateWest Digital 2020 Sneak Peek: Breach Clarity

A look at the companies demoing at FinovateSpring Digital on May 10 through 13, 2021. Register today and save your spot.

Breach Clarity identifies and diagnoses every consumer’s unique breach history to prescribe personalized protective actions that improve the financial health of both the financial provider and consumer.


  • Higher levels of digital engagement
  • Lower fraud costs and attrition
  • Reduced contact center costs

Why it’s great
Breach Clarity’s technology is based on the process used in the largest data breach cases (Anthem, Equifax, Yahoo!, etc.) to establish the harms created for affected consumers.


Al Pascual, COO & Co-founder
Pascual is the COO and co-founder of Breach Clarity. He formerly led Javelin Strategy & Research and is a recognized expert on identity theft and fraud.

Jim Van Dyke, CEO & Founder
Van Dyke is the CEO and inventor of Breach Clarity. He previously founded Javelin Strategy & Research and has a deep fintech product management background.

Post-Compromise Fraud Specialist Breach Clarity Partners with Xtensifi

Post-Compromise Fraud Specialist Breach Clarity Partners with Xtensifi
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A collaboration between fraud prevention and detection company Breach Clarity and digital consulting firm Xtensifi will bring additional machine learning technology to bear in the battle against cybercrime in financial services. The new integration will enable the company’s Breach Clarity Premium for Financial Services platform to empower banks, credit unions, brokerage firms and insurance companies to address the impact of data breaches – from financial losses to identity theft – after they happen.

“We sought out a company we knew would execute our vision and provide us with the knowledge and expertise to get these entirely new products to market,” Breach Clarity CEO Jim Van Dyke said. He credited Xtensifi not only for helping develop the new platform, but also for giving the company the ability to market its technology to a new client base: financial services companies. “Initially consumer focused, we are now able to provide financial institutions with hyper-personalized, customer-level breach risk intelligence, capable of making a measurable difference in a variety of areas – from customer engagement to fraud loss mitigation,” Van Dyke explained.

Founded in 2019 and based in Walnut Creek, California, Breach Clarity analyzes more than 1,000 elements to gauge and score the risk level of a data breach. The company’s proprietary, machine learning algorithm analyzes 50 data breaches a week on average, and Breach Clarity said that it has 4,000+ such incidents in its database. This resource is maintained by the Identity Theft Resource Center.

“Breach Clarity is working to revolutionize the fraud detection, prevention, and mitigation landscape by providing a greater degree of transparency into breaches and their effects,” Xtensifi CEO George Kelley said. “Providing the industry with more clarity, confidence, and direction around breaches will ultimately result in stronger consumer financial health and safety.”

Like a number of companies in the fintech space, Breach Clarity is making its services easier to access during the COVID-19 crisis. More than a month ago, the company announced that it was waiving per-user costs for financial institutions using its Breach Clarity Premium for Financial Services solution for six months.

Breach Clarity co-founder and COO Al Pascual underscored the value of these services at a time when shifting computer use patterns – from business offices to private homes – during the global pandemic have given rise to a shifting set of risks. “As cybercriminals experiment with new forms of cyber scams,” Pascual said, “newly remote workers and the systems to which they are attached will be a high value target.”

Breach Clarity demonstrated its consumer-facing solution last year at FinovateFall. A specialist in post-compromise fraud, Breach Clarity enables users to search any publicly-reported data breach and receive a fraud risk rating, a list of top identity-holder risks, and a set of action steps ranging from freezing credit to modifying alerts to limit exposure to potential identity theft and related cybercrimes.

Breach Clarity’s New Offering Provides Consumers Personalized Protection

Breach Clarity’s New Offering Provides Consumers Personalized Protection

Fraud detection and prevention company Breach Clarity announced this week it has developed a new platform to help financial service providers offer personalized protection for their customers.

The machine learning-powered platform, dubbed Breach Clarity Premium for Financial Services, offers two sets of tools, one for the financial services company and one for the end consumer.

“Financial institutions are in a bad spot when it comes to data breach fallout,” said Breach Clarity founder Jim Van Dyke. “These breaches, most of which they have zero control over, are coming fast and furious, yet the actual damage can take years to occur. We first developed Breach Clarity to help the consumer fight back against the routine theft of their personal information. Now, we’re equipping their financial providers with much greater intelligence to help them strengthen everyone’s financial health.”

Founded in 2019, Breach Clarity analyzes data breaches, scores them in real-time based on 1,000 factors, and offers ideas for protective measures. The database behind the consumer-facing tool includes more than 4,000 data breach incidents, a number that grows by 50 each week.

Breach Clarity Premium for Financial Services has multiple benefits for financial services and their customers. The new tool details the most effective actions both parties can take, based on the information that was compromised, to mitigate loss in the event of a breach. The offering also enables consumers to search for data breaches that impact them without leaving their bank’s website or mobile app.

Breach Clarity is headquartered in Walnut Creek, California. Van Dyke recently demoed Breach Clarity at FinovateFall 2019 in New York.

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Breach Clarity

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Breach Clarity

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateFall on September 23 through 25, 2019 in New York City. Register today and save your spot.

Founded in 2019, Breach Clarity empowers consumers and FIs in the fight against data breaches. The company’s patent-pending solution delivers breach-specific guidance to reduce fraud losses and bolster trust.


  • Helps customers understand the real risks to their accounts and identities
  • Drives adoption of customer-facing controls (two factor authentication, alerts, etc.)
  • Reduces call center volume and improves satisfaction

Why it’s great
When it comes to the security of their identities, consumers place the greatest degree of trust in their financial institutions. Breach Clarity helps banks and credit unions meet that expectation.


Jim Van Dyke, CEO and Founder
Founder of Javelin Strategy & Research, Van Dyke is an expert witness on the country’s largest data breach cases, serves on the board of the ITRC, and previously served on the board of the CFPB.

Al Pascual, COO and Co-Founder
Pascual is a recognized expert on identity fraud having served as Head of Fraud & Security at Javelin Strategy & Research. Prior to Javelin he served in fraud roles at FIS, Goldman Sachs, and HSBC.

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