Behavioural biometrics startup BioCatch raises $10m

Behavioural biometrics startup BioCatch raises $10m

BioCatch, an Israeli startup that uses behavioural biometrics to authenticate visitors to banking and e-commerce sites, has raised $10 million in a funding round led by Blumberg Capital and equity crowdfunding firm OurCrowd.

BioCatch aims to eliminate passwords and authentication dongles for online banking and shopping, replacing them with a system that recognises users by how they physically use their computer or tablet.

The firm's technology collects and analyses over 400 bio-behavioural, cognitive and physiological parameters - based on how people type and move a cursor around - to create unique profiles for visitors to sites.

In addition, the system creates "invisible challenges" for visitors to sites. For example, when a user moves the cursor towards a button, they are deliberately knocked slightly off course and subconsciously have to correct in what the company says is a way unique to them.

This, argues BioCatch, is more secure than traditional authentication methods, demonstrating an 80% reduction in false positives for detecting the same amount of fraud. It also significantly reduces friction for the customer because the system automatically kicks in when they visit a site using the technology.

BioCatch says that it has signed up several unnamed banks and e-commerce sites, and that it will use the new funding to push on in North American and Europe as well as to expand R&D efforts.

Benny Rosenbaum, CEO, BioCatch, says: "This funding will allow us to continue strengthening our offering and expand our global reach in strategic markets, while keeping the world's largest and most influential institutions safe and secure."

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