Boston, March 13, 2012 – A new report from Aite Group evaluates the leading vendors of complex device-printing, a critical tool employed by financial institutions in the fight against cybercrime. Based on Q4 2011 interviews with five complex device-printing technology vendors and 30 financial institution and e-commerce customers of these vendors, this report is the fourth in Aite Group’s five-report series on the online- and mobile-fraud landscape.
In the fight against cybercrime, vendor approaches to complex device-printing vary, but some consistent techniques exist. Among these techniques are cookies and other software tags, which provide a reliable way to recognize a device on repeat visits but fail to provide a foolproof solution to online fraud. Complex device-printing vendors bolster the cookie-based approach by establishing a unique fingerprint for each computer or mobile device. This is accomplished by mapping a series of hardware- and software-based parameters on end-user devices.
“As part of a layered online-fraud-mitigation ecosystem, complex device-printing is invaluable,” says Julie Conroy McNelley, research director with Aite Group and author of this report. “In this era of rapidly escalating attacks against the global financial value chain, this technology represents a front-line defense that helps financial institutions and e-commerce companies not only to identify fraudsters, but also to verify trusted devices and provide a preferential customer service experience.”
The report profiles complex device printing solutions provided by 41st Parameter, Entrust, iovation, RSA Security, and ThreatMetrix.
This 27-page Impact Note contains six figures and 14 tables. Clients of Aite Group’s Fraud & AML service can download the report.