PaymentsSource: Biometrics can help win the war on bot crime

May 16, 2017 — Financial services sector most attacked in 2016

Robert Capps, VP at NuData Security, guest writes this article on bot crime in the constant battle between security professionals and those attempting to thwart businesses’ defences online.

In the constant game of cat and mouse between security professionals and those attempting to thwart businesses’ defences online, few would argue that the ingenuity of cybercriminals (combined with the helpful advantage of operating outside of legal and moral boundaries) keeps them one step ahead in the game.

While the advent of machine learning solutions made bots increasingly more sophisticated, they are unable to replicate the subtle, unique variables that present themselves in humans in every instance of data input. Biometrics companies have developed solutions to identify users by factors that could be lifted wholesale from a sci-fi film: the angle of a handheld device when in use, the pressure applied to the keys or screen, and the length of gaps between typing and swiping can all be used to separate good users from bad. These factors are virtually impossible for a non-human interface to replicate. Anomalous behaviour can be identified by analysing these factors, even in large data sets, and by comparing the patterns of known human users with unusual patterns.

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