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Detecting and Mitigating Fraud Through Trust Building

Telesign CEO Joe Burton on How to Make Friction Reassuring Instead of Annoying
Joe Burton, CEO, Telesign

The relationship between a customer and a brand is personal. Customers want to trust a brand, and that includes trusting it with protecting their digital identity.

The 2023 Telesign Trust Index reveals the critical role of trust in the digital economy. The report illustrates that customers are not only afraid of fraud but that they're holding the brands they engage with responsible for fraud incidents. And it doesn't stop there. According to Telesign's report data, 44% of victims have told friends and family not to associate with the brand entirely after experiencing a data breach. Customers want to have a "deeper relationship based on trust" and "they prefer that the brand take responsibility," said Joe Burton, CEO of Telesign.

Therefore, said Burton, "users love friction ... in the name of safety." Making the customer part of the "security journey" by explaining why you're asking for additional information to verify their identity makes them feel safe and "turns friction from annoying to reassuring."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2023, Burton also discusses:

  • Why appropriate friction is preferable to - and more effective than - zero friction;
  • Fraud trends, including account onboarding, account takeover, and discount fraud;
  • How Telesign uses machine-learning techniques and explainable AI to create Continuous Trust®.

Prior to Telesign, Burton served as CEO of Poly from 2016 to 2020. He also served as Cisco's CTO for Unified Communications until 2010. His areas of expertise include digital transformation, growth acceleration and corporate strategy.

About the Author

Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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