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LexisNexis Risk Solutions acquires behavioural biometric firm BehavioSec

By Shannon Williams
Fri 6 May 2022

LexisNexis Risk Solutions, part of RELX, has announced the acquisition of BehavioSec, an advanced behavioural biometrics technology provider. 

Founded in Sweden in 2008 with a presence in the U.S. and EMEA, BehavioSec provides a highly predictive behavioural biometrics solution that uses behaviour analysis for continuous authentication to establish identity trust and help prevent fraud. 

Solutions from BehavioSec will become a part of the Business Services group within LexisNexis Risk Solutions and enhance its device and digital identity-focused offerings, such as LexisNexis ThreatMetrix.

"BehavioSec represents a great addition to an already strong digital identity detection and authentication capability set for LexisNexis Risk Solutions," says Julie Conroy, head of risk insights at Aite-Novarica Group. 

"Behavioural biometrics are an important component of the digital channel control framework, helping with both detection and authentication in a passive manner," she says.

Behavioural biometrics is becoming a widely adopted tool by industries such as financial services, ecommerce, technology, insurance, health care, communications, mobile and media companies and government agencies to prevent new account opening fraud, account takeover and scams, amongst other use cases. These organisations seek a passive means to establish trust while identifying fraud and detecting bots or malware, typical fraudster use patterns and changes in legitimate individual usage patterns to stop fraud before it enters their environments. They want to achieve this simultaneously while ensuring a positive experience at every consumer touchpoint.

BehavioSec brings the ability to convert complex mobile signals from touchscreen and sensors into rules and advanced mobile behavioural biometric-based authentication capabilities, complementing the browser-based solutions within ThreatMetrix. By integrating offerings from BehavioSec into ThreatMetrix, customers will also benefit from continuous authentication, advanced machine learning capabilities and additional behavioural data for enhanced authentication processes.

Rick Trainor, Business Services CEO, adds, "Behavioural biometrics is a valuable component in fraud prevention strategies that layer defenses to tighten the net that stops fraudsters. 

"Founded 14 years ago by a team of highly accomplished visionaries, BehavioSec is a forerunner in the behavioural biometrics segment and continues to evolve and innovate ahead of any other behavioural biometric solution available today," he says. 

"Our combined customer base will benefit significantly from a blended behavioural biometrics solution within ThreatMetrix that offers more defense for customers without adding friction across the consumer journey."

The new fraud prevention tool will allow access to behavioural biometric solutions by larger organisations when combined with ThreatMetrix, while serving small to mid-sized organisations seeking a stand-alone behavioural biometrics offering.

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