Biometrics System Saved Enterprises Millions in Fraud in 2018

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Nuance Communications have announced that Nuance’s biometrics-based Security Suite saved organisations millions in total fraud costs in 2018.

Fraud in enterprise contact centres has always been a challenge to manage, but with the explosion of digital channels, organisations today are faced with securing an increasingly complex ecosystem.

At the same time, fraudsters are getting more sophisticated, working through networks and social engineering their way into accounts to commit intricate, devastating crimes – using information they obtain through one attack to gain access to other accounts a given person may own.

Javelin Strategy & Research reports that account takeovers (ATOs) tripled over the past year, resulting in $5.1B in losses, and a CFCA report said the telco industry was hit with nearly $30B in fraud losses last year.

Nuance Security Suite helps enterprises thwart omnichannel fraud through a layered offering of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, including voice and behavioural biometrics, intelligent channel, geo and network detectors and ConversationPrint and DevicePrint algorithms.

Together these technologies can identify legitimate customers through the sound of their voice, location, device and the way they talk, tap and type – flagging when a call or online interaction is likely fraudulent by analysing typical conversation patterns, voice characteristics and other aspects of an interaction, identifying perpetrators whose profiles do not match those of a given customer.

“With Nuance voice biometrics, we get a clearer view of customer and fraudster behaviour, so we can keep genuine customers protected and take the fight to the criminals who are targeting their accounts,” said Jason Costain, Head of Fraud Strategy and Relationship Management, RBS Group.

In less than one year, RBS has screened 17 million inbound calls with Nuance Security Suite. Of these, 23,000 have led to alerts, and the bank has found that one in every 3,500 calls is a fraud attempt.

“The ROI from the tool is well over 300%, so as payback our technology deployment has been very impressive,” Costain added.

As consumers are getting more comfortable with biometric identification and organisations look for innovative ways to authenticate, adoption of Nuance’s Security Suite is growing at a rapid rate.

Recent deployments include Lloyds Banking Group, Allied Irish Bank, Deutsche Telekom, Rakuten Life Insurance and RBS Group.

In addition to curbing fraud, Nuance biometrics decreases the overall time agents spend resolving customer queries, with one multinational financial services firm reducing agent handle time by 89 seconds after deploying the product.

“Our customers come to us not only wanting to make their authentication process more convenient for customers but perhaps more importantly to evolve their contact centre security strategy,” said Brett Beranek, General Manager, Security Business, Nuance Enterprise.

“Our approach is unique in that our algorithms can not only identify and validate individuals by their voice, but also understand what types of conversation patterns fraudsters typically use.”

“That’s powerful when you consider how much money is lost due to fraudulent account access each year, whether through traditional phone channels or in complex cross-channel attacks.” 

Nuance technology is being implemented by more than half of the world’s largest financial institutions today and eight of the ten largest global telecommunications companies.

Over 400 million consumers make more than 8 billion successful authentications yearly using Nuance biometrics.

For more information about Nuance Security Suite and customer ROI visit:

Author: Robyn Coppell

Published On: 21st Mar 2019 - Last modified: 26th Mar 2019
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