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ID Insight Welcomes Ryan Osgar as Data Scientist

ID Insight is pleased to welcome Ryan Osgar to its growing analytics and product development team. With a rising tide of account takeover and new account fraud, ID Insight is using data science to ensure banks stay one step ahead of fraudsters. Osgar will work with the company’s executive team to evaluate and enhance the data and analytics behind ID Insight’s cutting-edge fraud solutions.

“Advanced analytics, AI and machine learning are driving new solutions for detecting and preventing fraud,” said Osgar, who started in his new role on Nov. 26. “ID Insight has built an incredibly powerful, data-driven solution that is future-ready and capable of addressing emerging fraud threats using real-time analytics and alerts. I’m thrilled to be a part of this highly creative team.”

Prior to ID Insight, Osgar was a data analyst for Prospectr Marketing, where he developed databases and conducted statistical analysis. He holds a BS in economics with minors in statistics and anthropology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Learn more about ID Insight’s fraud prevention and detection solutions.


Crime Fighters Discuss The Latest Fraud Trends

Crime Fighters Discuss The Latest Fraud Trends

Which schemes, scams and trends are financial fraud investigators seeing most often in 2018? We joined the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI) Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter at their annual conference to learn more about the most compelling topics in fraud-fighting today.

The IAFCI Fall Conference is attended by multiple fraud investigators from the private sector, in addition to white-collar crime investigators from law enforcement. The conference focused on insights from industry leaders in financial services, including Ameriprise, Allianz, U.S. Bank and more. Key discussion topics included:

Fraud across multiple channels

Investigators revealed how fraudsters exploit different communications channels to perpetrate financial fraud, primarily account takeover (ATO). Fraudsters are using phone centers, along with stolen customer credentials, such as SSN and DOB. Attendees also reported online fraud using stolen or hacked login information, as well as forged paper documents used to open new accounts and change personal information within existing accounts.

Data breaches are powering fraud

Retail banks are seeing victims of high-profile data breaches become victims of financial fraud. Conference attendees advised banks to take a multi-layered approach to fraud detection and prevention, using a series of ID verification and ID proofing technologies – as well as an internal “blacklist” of known frauds across DDA and credit accounts – to ensure they stymie more ATO fraud schemes before they can hit customer accounts.

Manual schemes that use social engineering are growing

A financial institution attendee reported an uptick in fraud from phone centers, focused on callers phishing for information about customer credentials. This company is revamping its customer service training to detect people phishing for information. These callers frequently have bits and pieces of customer identity they use to perpetrate the fraud, often acquired through data breaches. The company is also exploring solutions that identify IP addresses with high rates of fraud or past fraud losses as a way to better identify callers at the other end of the line.

Mobile and peer-to-peer payment fraud is an emerging concern

Attendees discussed the rising tide of mobile wallet and peer-to-peer payment fraud schemes, using Zelle, Apple Pay, Venmo and other payment systems to gain access to customer profiles that are tied to DDA or credit accounts. Investigators stressed the need for real-time fraud tools that would help detect more mobile payment fraud by screening email addresses, IP addresses and other digital “fingerprints” that may not currently be tracked by financial institutions.

While fraudsters have become more organized and are implementing technology to automate their schemes, we are encouraged that the industry is fighting back with technologies to thwart these nefarious efforts. Today, many banks are using a several data sources (including industry consortium data) – compiled and delivered quickly – in addition to their own data sets to catch fraud before it results in losses. Banks also need to be ready not just for today’s schemes and scams, but for a now-unknown set of future fraud risks. Therefore, banks and credit unions require solutions that will give them the power to add capabilities, integrate new data sources, and configure business rules—all to help ensure that the bank’s assets and customers are well-defended from fraud attempts.

MinneInno Nominates ID Insight for “Coolest Company”

What’s so cool about fraud prevention? A lot, apparently. While being cool is not one of our business priorities, it certainly is a badge of honor we wear proudly. And now, we’re thrilled that the folks at MinneInno agree that our work, our people and our office (not to mention a random pirate who posed with us at a St. Paul Saints game) are super cool.

What makes us the coolest? There’s the requisite “cool-office” amenities, like a brand-new rooftop deck, complete with seating and a grill for raucous office luncheons or happy hours. But coolness isn’t about the visible trappings for ID Insight: it’s a reflection of the way we approach every challenge with creativity, collaboration and (of course) cool.

The coolness starts with our recruiting process, which is designed to cast a wide net for talent and champion workplace persity, and runs throughout our entire company culture. With such a tightly-knit team, it’s essential for everyone to care deeply about the company’s work, customers and each-other. That’s why we foster mutual respect and collaboration every day by constantly seeking team feedback and engagement.

Recognition also makes us cool, especially when we’ve got our very own “MacGyver Award,” a coveted framed photo of Minnesota’s own Richard Dean Anderson a.k.a TV’s MacGyver, a trained scientist who worked as a secret agent to solve life and death situations. The award is given to a different employee every quarter who exhibits ingenuity and resourcefulness to solve a critical business problem. We may take our work seriously, but our team never takes itself too seriously.

Coolness comes in many forms, and while ID Insight has the standard accoutrements of cool on the surface, it also permeates every piece of our business. We’re cool because of what we do, not just because we’ve got bike parking in the office.

We’re looking forward to celebrating with other nominees on Sept. 13 and angling for a spot as a category winner. In the meantime, please cast your ballot for ID Insight in the MinneInno Coolest Companies reader’s choice poll. And don’t forget to stay cool!

ID Insight Welcomes Data Analysis Interns

We are pleased to introduce our 2018 interns – two people who will be busy putting their skills to work with us this summer.

So Mang Han is a 2018 graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. With a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and an emphasis in statistics, So has a wide range of college research, leadership and additional work experience. Her data analysis and statistical theory skills will be put to good use as ID Insight continues to infuse more and more predictive analytics into its solutions.

Matthew Markose is an incoming junior at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Matthew is earning a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering and has already completed two Silicon Valley internships. His software development and data manipulation skills plug in perfectly with ID Insight’s processes for continuous and rapid product innovation.

ID Insight interns work side-by-side with our technical and solutions teams to help us drive new product innovation. This includes conducting exploratory research, completing statistical analysis, developing statistical models, and assisting our IT technical team with building new data assets.

ID Insight internships offer an opportunity to develop technical and analytical skills to build your resume. Learn more careers with ID Insight.

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