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Stopping Hackers With Behavioral Biometrics

Stopping Hackers With Behavioral Biometrics

November 1, 2016

Homeland & Cyber Security

Enterprise Times — Detecting a fraudulent banking transaction is getting harder, and hackers have access to so much personal information that cracking bank security mechanisms is getting easier. Fortunately, technology developed at the IBM Cyber Security Center of Excellence at Ben-Gurion University is combating these issues, and is shipping now.

The product, called Trusteer Pinpoint Detect, is a behavioral biometric analysis tool. Basically, it monitors how a user interacts with a banking website — looking at how they move their mouse, how quickly they respond to questions, etc. — and flags user behavior that seems out of sync with how that individual usually acts.

“Behavioral biometrics is about what the user does, not what the user knows,” says Ravi Srinivasan, vice president of strategy at IBM Security.


Rick Kaplan, CEO of IBM Israel, and BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi

“Trusteer Pinpoint Detect can now better differentiate real users from fraudsters using gesture models, giving banks and other organizations the power to protect the interests of their customers, and ultimately determine the sources of financial fraud.”

The system is sophisticated enough to determine how user behavior changes with dynamic factors, including time of day and location, such as office, bar, restaurant, beach, or airport.

By taking advantage of user behavior, this solution forces would-be hackers to spend more time trying to gather information about their targets. Consequently, it gives users more time to discover and remove malware that is stealing their credentials.

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