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National Fraud Authority Comment

SentryBay : 19 October, 2010  (Technical Article)
SentryBay comments on the revelation by the National Fraud Authority that as many as 2 million people become victims of some kind of identity fraud annually
Marcus Whittington, COO at SentryBay comments: "With the recent report from the National Fraud Authority suggesting that every victim of online fraud is cheated out of an average of £1,000 in credit or benefits, it becomes easier to justify further investment in solutions to address these threats. Unfortunately this works both ways and criminals will continue to step up their efforts to find ways around security controls, hence the success of Zeus and the latest Bugat virus. It is extremely worrying to see the latest studies showing that anti-virus software picks up less than 20% of new malware. Even more shocking are reports from the National Fraud Authority that 2 million people fall victim to identity fraud a year, costing the UK £2.7 billion.

"Banks offering Internet and increasingly mobile banking services should continue to ensure that they put in place appropriate controls to protect, detect and assist in preventing these types of attacks for their customers, but advising them to also be vigilant does not help to discourage online fraud, as most attacks are far too sophisticated for users to spot - or else completely invisible.

"Protect the data rather than protect the PC" is fast becoming the new catchphrase in safeguarding against the latest sophisticated threats. The latest security measures focus on protecting data as it is entered at the keyboard. "Traditional security controls such as firewalls and anti-virus software need to be combined with proactive technologies to thwart future threats. By protecting every keystroke before it is passed onto the browser, personal information is unreadable and protected from online criminals, and in conjunction with anti-virus software, offers close to 100% protection for users".

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