In a brief video interview with Yale Insights, Socure’s Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Sunhil Madhu discusses the current state of affairs when it comes to data breaches and fraud (spoiler alert: it’s safe to assume everyone’s data has been stolen several times over); the ways in which current tokenization efforts are not enough; and how social networks and connections are the wave of the future (and the present) when it comes to verifying and securing identity.
“Those connections online in these networks represent the connections between us and the people we know in the real world,” Madhu says. “So if a fraudster had to not only steal your identity, alter it, and create a fake profile, but now had to surround that profile with authentic social proof, they now have the burden to create 500 profiles on one network just to vouch for that one profile.”
Socure is the leading platform for digital identity trust. Its predictive analytics platform applies artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques with trusted online/offline data intelligence from email, phone, address, IP, device, velocity, and the broader internet to verify identities in real time. The company has more than 400 customers across the financial services, gaming, telecom, and e-commerce industries, including three of the top five banks, seven of the top 10 card issuers, three of the top MSBs, the top payroll provider, the top credit bureau, and over 100 of the largest and most successful FinTechs. Marquee customers include Chime, Varo Money, Public, Stash, and DraftKings. Investors include Accel, Commerce Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Flint Capital, Capital One Ventures, Citi Ventures, Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, Synchrony, Sorenson, Two Sigma Ventures, and others.