Q. If you are Toronto-based identity and authentication specialist, SecureKey Technologies, what’s a nine-letter word for Canadian FIs commited to improving online security?
SecureKey announced this week that it picked up $20.6 million ($27 million CAD) in new capital from BMO Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, CIBC, Desjardins, Royal Bank of Canada, and TD. The investment brings SecureKey’s total funding to $89 million and serves as growth capital to support the introduction of SecureKey’s digital identity network.
Greg Wolfond, SecureKey founder and chairman, said the support from “Canada’s largest financial institutions” would help his firm “develop and deliver a national ecosystem that puts consumers first.” Rizwan Khalfan, EVP and chief digital officer for TD, echoed this point and credited SecureKey for leading the way in making it easier for customers to manage their digital assets, as well as for the company’s willingness to work with and receive “substantial input from TD and other banks.” Khalfan added that TD was “uniquely positioned to help shape [SecureKey’s] offering” due to TD’s commitment to security and privacy.
Along with its collaborators, SecureKey anticipates launching its digital identity network in 2017. And with Wolfhound’s return as CEO, the company plans to further drive development of its SecureKey Concierge service, as well. “We want to help put the consumer back in the middle and let them take control of their digital assets, to share what they want, with whom they want, and always with informed consent,” Wolfond said.
Founded in 2008, SecureKey last demoed its technology at FinovateFall 2012. A Best of Show winner from its demo at FinovateFall 2010, SecureKey announced in September that CBIC had joined its authentication service, SecureKey Concierge. In 2015, SecureKey was named to KPMG and H2 Ventures’ Fintech 100.