Entersekt and Bonifii Team Up to Bring Context-Aware Authentication Solutions to Credit Unions

  • South African identity authentication specialist Entersket has teamed up with U.S. FX network Bonifii.
  • The partnership will give credit unions access to passwordless, context-based authentication technology.
  • The new solution, MemberPass Express, will provide multi-channel authentication in less than ten seconds.

Identity authentication provider Entersekt has announced a collaboration with U.S.-based foreign currency network Bonifii that will enable more credit unions to take advantage of new passwordless, context-aware authentication technology.

The new offering, MemberPass Express, will be made available via MemberPass, the first KYC-compliant, member-controlled digital identity issued by credit union cooperatives. MemberPass Express will enable credit union members to authenticate their identity during e-commerce, online, or mobile banking transactions, as well as while visiting a branch or contacting a call center. The new seamless authentication process, which provides multi-channel authentication in less than 10 seconds, is currently being piloted with a pair of credit unions.

“The joint new solution leverages artificial intelligence to protect members from fraud by analyzing the context (such as identity, behavior, location, device, and channel) of each user journey in real-time,” Entersekt CEO Schalk Nolte said. “This informs the most appropriate member authentication method that will be used, and means that members will now benefit from industry-leading authentication, while enjoying a fast and smooth user experience.”

A Finovate alum since its appearance at FinDEVr Silicon Valley in 2014, Entersekt in recent years has forged partnerships with edtech Mindjoy and the MiDO Foundation to support financial literacy in high schools, teamed up with Netcetera to bring new authentication options to Germany’s Hanseatic Bank, and announced a collaboration with open banking platform company ndgit that added Entersekt’s customer authentication and smart messaging solutions available via ndgit’s marketplace.

South Africa-based Entersekt ended 2021 with a major investment from technology-based private equity firm Accel-KKR. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Joe Porten, Principal at Accel-KKR, praised the company for its “deep vertical expertise” and its record of success in the financial services industry. “As a partner, Accel-KKR is committed to helping the Entersekt team accelerate growth and continually deliver innovation in their category.”

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