BioCatch reveals movement of cyber criminals

Israeli firm’s ‘out-of-the-box thinking turns the tide on Cyber threats without making it inconvenient for users.’

Israel shuts out hackers with cyber security. (Shutterstock)

Israel shuts out hackers with cyber security. (Shutterstock)

Israeli cyber security firm BioCatch, whose novel cognitive-behavioral biometric authentication is completely invisible to users, says its technology remembers hand movements and typing patterns and can warn banks of fraudsters.

Named a Gartner Cool Vendor last year in the field of security, BioCatch authenticates the behavior of a person operating a smartphone, tablet or PC, creates a profile of the user and then generates an alert when an unauthorized user attempts to operate the account. It can also identify advanced cyber threat techniques such as remote administration tools used for financial fraud.

“Virtually every financial institution we’ve talked to is interested in testing our technology, and enterprise security departments are intrigued by what we deliver,” founders Benny Rosenbaum and Avi Turgeman said in a press statement.

According to BioCatch’s website leading blue chip financial institutions in the United States and in Europe are doing just that: Testing the Israeli product on their online and mobile banking sites.

The BioCatch system analyses physical online movements including patterns in hand movements and typing. The system tests user reaction by intentionally making the cursor jump.

The key factor that makes the disruptive technology cyber security company standout above the rest is its ability to track fraudsters without harming the user’s experience.

“BioCatch brings that rare out-of-the-box thinking that the industry seeks in order to turn the tide on Cyber threats without making it inconvenient for users,” says Uri Rivner, head of cyber strategy.

BioCatch was named Cyber Security Company of the Year in Israel in 2012.

The company recently closed a funding round worth $6.5 million from JANVEST Technologies, Centillion, OurCrowd, David Assia and a number of previous investors. To date, BioCatch has raised $10.5 million altogether.

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About Viva Sarah Press

Viva Sarah Press is an associate editor and writer at ISRAEL21c. She has extensive experience in reporting/editing in the print, online and broadcast fields. Her work has been published by international media outlets including Israel Television, CNN, Reuters, The Jerusalem Post and Time Out.