New Visa Consumer Authentication Service Combats eCommerce Fraud

Visa information product provides powerful online fraud detection while minimizing friction for eCommerce transactions

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) today announced a new solution in its information products line up to help issuers reduce the risk of eCommerce fraud using real-time, risk-based transaction analysis.  Called the Visa Consumer Authentication Service, the solution is designed to seamlessly support an issuer's Three Domain Secure (3-D Secure) program such as Verified by Visa and is available in all Visa Inc. markets immediately.

Visa Consumer Authentication Service authenticates the consumer prior to the authorization process, adding a powerful layer of protection against fraud. As the consumer begins the online checkout process, the solution performs a real-time risk assessment of the transaction based on numerous inputs including device and transaction information and historical spending patterns. The result is that issuers can complete lower risk eCommerce transactions without requiring consumers to go through the extra step of entering their passwords or other verification.  The solution minimizes disruption and abandonment at the point of purchase, while also helping issuers and merchants reduce fraud losses.

"As more Canadians head online during the busy holiday shopping season, Visa is adding an extra layer of security to online transactions with the launch of Visa Consumer Authentication Service," Shirley Matthew, head of product platforms, Visa Canada. "Visa's network intelligence is at the centre of this solution, helping us deliver security benefits to consumers, merchants and our financial institution clients. For consumers, the Verified by Visa authentication experience will be streamlined, since only the riskiest transactions are prompted for verification."

Visa Consumer Authentication Service is a hosted access control server that provides issuers with the following capabilities:

Sophisticated risk-based authentication. Visa Consumer Authentication Service's risk-scoring model takes into account enhanced inputs, including critical information about the device, transaction information and spending profiles. This data will enhance issuers' decision-making ability to identify potential fraud and prompt for verification only when necessary.

Dynamic methods of authentication. Visa Consumer Authentication Service supports a wide range of account holder authentication methods. This means higher-risk transactions may be verified by the issuer in a variety of ways including more secure, dynamic methods such as one-time passwords or hardware tokens.

Support for mobile. Visa Consumer Authentication Service can be integrated to function through a range of devices including mobile phones and tablets, to ensure consumers have a secure, efficient and reliable payment experience when shopping through another channel beyond the PC.

Rules for strategy refinement. Visa Consumer Authentication Service provides issuers with the tools to write additional rules to further refine risk decisioning capabilities.

To learn more about Visa Consumer Authentication Service or to sign up, issuers should contact their Account Executive.

About Visa

Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world's most advanced processing networks—VisaNet—that is capable of handling more than 24,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa's innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com.

SOURCE: VISA Canada Corporation

For further information:

Sofia Mata-Leclerc
Visa Inc.
Tel: +1 650 432 2990
E-mail: globalmedia@visa.com

Carla Hindman
Visa Canada
Tel: +1 416 860 8869
Email: chindman@visa.com