Security Trends to Watch for in 2019

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Fraud is a never-ending issue for those running a business. Companies across all industries – especially payment providers – are constantly looking for new ways to help merchants stay ahead of fraudsters keen on stealing their important business data.

Here are the top 5 areas that will likely be targeted by fraudsters in 2019:

1. Mobile Devices

SIM-jacking, SIM swap fraud, port-out scams, and SIM splitting all mean the same thing. They allow fraudsters to take over a phone number and intercept messages that are sent to it by targeting the two-factor authentication when the second step generates a call or message to a mobile device. This allows a fraudster to approve high-risk transfers without getting caught. According to Adam Levin, co-founder of, “It’s still a relatively heavy-handed exploit, but anyone in possession of something hackers want will be a target.”

Banks are using mobile devices as a second factor of authentication, so fraudsters have now started to target cell phone providers. Payments Source states that in 2019, spam call volume is expected to increase to about half of all calls. Collaboration between financial services providers, device makers, and wireless carriers will be a big part of defeating the takeover of spam calls.

2. Data Breaches

According to credit bureau Experian’s recent risk forecast, data breaches have been a major threat to the payments industry for more than 13 years, and Experian says that even bigger data breaches could occur in 2019. For example, a major wireless carrier could be attacked, and mobile devices loaded with payments and financial data which could possibly disable all wireless communications.

Biometrics play a big role in making payments more secure. According to Experian, “Biometric data is considered the most secure method of authentication, but it can be stolen or altered, and sensors can be manipulated and spoofed or deteriorate.”

3. Digital ID

Recently, identity theft has increased, and passwords have provided less protection from fraud. According to Payments Source, technology companies of all kinds are working to figure out a more streamlined and consumer-friendly approach to verify their identities. Digital IDs are currently used to authenticate payments, but companies are discovering that there must be a better way.

Mastercard and Microsoft are the first to act, and they plan to collaborate on a decentralized digital ID approach. Collaboration across industries will be key to creating a trusted and secure digital ID system.

Sunil Madhu, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Socure, a leader in high-assurance digital identity verification, says one approach could be designing a way for federations to work as a mechanism for transferring a consumer’s ID credentials from one point to another.

4. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Companies are beginning to use machine learning and artificial intelligence as an all-in-one solution rather than using multiple tools to help prevent fraud. Amit Bhute, senior vice president and global head of payments at Virtusa, a global I.T. consulting firm, said that “artificial intelligence will play a growing role in tackling payments fraud, with the predictive abilities of machine learning helping detect hidden flaws and reacting to fraud faster.”

5. Consumer Privacy

There will be a higher cost for both privacy and security in the payments industry. According to Payments Source, consumers are paying for password-management services, getting rid of companies and apps they don’t trust, and seeking out companies, products, and services that promise to protect privacy and data. New companies are beginning to create a more decentralized and ethical approach to protecting the data and privacy of individuals.

Adam Levin stated that “Europe’s GDPR gives consumers the right to be forgotten, and we’re going to see more requirements like this for consent and disclosure, and new rules about how data is stores and shared. Canada has a tough new privacy law, Australia has gotten tougher on privacy and China is following that trend.” The United States could soon be on that same track.

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