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Trusted Identities Innovator OneSpan Teams Up with Volkswagen Bank

Volkswagen Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, will leverage technology from OneSpan to secure its transactions and ensure PSD2 compliance. The bank announced today that it will protect its standalone mobile authentication app, PhotoTAN app, with OneSpan’s mobile SDK, Mobile Security Suite.

The SDK also enables the app to take advantage of OneSpan’s Cronto technology, which ensures banks comply with PSD2 requirements with regard to authentication and dynamic linking. Cronto offers a patented visual transaction signing solution that uses a graphical cryptogram of colored dots to encrypt transaction data. The technology provides banks with a strong defense against a variety of cyberthreats, including account takeover and man-in-the-browser Trojan attacks.

“Cronto is a unique technology available in the market in that it combines security and support for regulatory compliance with a seamless customer experience,” OneSpan SVP of Global Sales Dan Dica said. “This combination is important because it enables our customers to advance their digital transformation easily and securely.”

Citing customer demand and new regulation as key drivers of change in the financial industry, Volkswagen Bank Project Manager Mario Bandau praised OneSpan as a company that has “proven to be knowledgeable in all areas.” Bandau credited the firm for “providing us with all the necessary advice and the solutions we need to deliver the kind of experience customers request while ensuring PSD2 compliance.”

With more than €83 billion in assets and deposits of more than €32 billion, Volkswagen Bank is one of the leading direct banks in Germany. Founded in 1949, the bank provides new and used vehicle financing for Volkswagen brands, as well as direct banking and dealer financing. The firm’s PhotoTAN app, available on both iOS and Android, uses facial biometrics to authenticate and sign transactions whether those transactions are started online or on the mobile device.

OneSpan made its most recent Finovate appearance (as VASCO) at FinovateEurope 2017, demonstrating its Smile & Sign mobile onboarding solution. The technology provides institutions with a secure, easy-to-use, compliant way to onboard customers via their mobile devices using biometrics, push notifications, visual cryptograms, and e-signatures.

OneSpan has been in the fintech headlines frequently of late. In June, the company won the SIIA CODiE Award for Best Fintech Solution for its Intelligent Adaptive Authentication technology. That same month, OneSpan announced a partnership with Belgian online lender Buy Way, and launched its Secure Agreement Automation cloud solution for digital account opening.

With a market capitalization of $542 million, OneSpan trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker OSPN.