LexisNexis Risk Solutions Acquires Biometric Innovator BehavioSec

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

Founded in Sweden in 2008 with a presence in the U.S., Canada and EMEA, BehavioSec provides “a highly predictive behavioral biometrics solution that uses behavior 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.”

Julie Conroy, head of risk insights at Aite-Novarica Group, stated:

“BehavioSec represents a great addition to an already strong digital identity detection and authentication capability set for LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Behavioral biometrics are an important component of the digital channel control framework, helping with both detection and authentication in a passive manner.”

Behavioral 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 organizations 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 behavioral 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 behavioral data for enhanced authentication processes.”

Rick Trainor, Business Services CEO, said:

“Behavioral 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 behavioral biometrics segment and continues to evolve and innovate ahead of any other behavioral biometric solution available today.”

Trainor added:

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

Dr. Neil Costigan, CEO of BehavioSec, remarked:

“I am looking forward to discovering the next phase in the evolution for behavioral biometrics alongside a successful, innovative company looking to further evolve our advanced capabilities.”

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

DBO Partners “served as the exclusive financial advisor to BehavioSec.”

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