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Australian businesses fortify defences amid rising financial fraud
Wed, 3rd Apr 2024

The escalating tide of financial fraud in Australia has put businesses on high alert. With the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission reporting a rise in scams, resulting in record losses totalling $3.1 billion in 2023, a shift in corporate strategy is becoming increasingly urgent. Account takeover (ATO) fraud recorded an unprecedented 354% surge and is predicted to continue this upward trend. Businesses are consequently fortifying their defences, striving to balance fraud prevention with a seamless customer experience.

Richard Metcalfe, Vice President of APJ at Transmit Security, highlights the challenges faced by organisations addressing this increasing threat. He suggests a need to evolve and anticipate future threats but says it’s paramount to offer protection without hindering legitimate interactions. "As fraudsters grow increasingly sophisticated, our defences must not only evolve in kind but anticipate future threats, balancing robust security measures with the imperative to facilitate legitimate customer engagement," Metcalfe explains.

The objective is clear, welcome genuine customers while robustly defending against fraudulent actors. Implementing a unified approach across key areas - Authentication, Authorisation, Fraud Prevention, and Identity Verification - is fundamental to this strategy, according to Metcalfe. But applying a collection of separate solutions often leads to inefficiencies and security gaps. "These disjointed systems lack a unified intelligence, the absence of a unified "brain" among these tools, leading to suboptimal customer experiences and vulnerabilities fraudsters can exploit," he comments.

The traditional multi-tool approach not only dilutes the potency of anti-fraud efforts but also escalates the complexity and cost of maintaining and integrating various systems. Metcalfe adds, "The operational overhead of managing multiple solutions compounds the challenge, necessitating extensive manual effort to correlate and standardise data with many producing false positives, thus widening the detection gaps and escalating the total cost of ownership."

To better withstand evolving threats and optimise customer engagements, Metcalfe recommends an all-encompassing method for fraud management. This includes not just detection but full-scale fraud operation protection, investigation, reporting, and real-time response orchestration. "The key," Metcalfe advises, "is a modular platform that not only simplifies integration of third-party apps and services but also empowers businesses with consumption-based pricing, ensuring they only pay for what they use."

With an emphasis on a unified platform that merges customer identity management, identity verification, and fraud prevention services, the focus is not just on fortification against fraud. Metcalfe highlights the potential to enhance the customer experience, providing a transparent view of how security measures impact the user journey. By employing low-code tools and detailed analytics, businesses can refine their security protocols to provide a smooth experience for genuine users while outwitting fraudsters.

According to Metcalfe, the future of Australia’s digital security should not simply aim to build higher defences but to construct intelligent, adaptable walls that are hospitable to the genuine users meant to be protected. "The digital trust divide can be bridged," concludes Metcalfe, "but only with a strategy that is as inclusive as it is intelligent."