- Payments, identities, and data security company Entrust confirmed that it has entered “exclusive discussions” to acquire identity verification technology company Onfido.
- The acquisition will bring AI/ML-based biometric and document IDV technology to Entrust’s portfolio of identity solutions.
- Both Entrust and Onfido are Finovate alums. Entrust has twice presented at our developers conference, FinDEVrSiliconValley. Onfido made its Finovate debut at FinovateEurope in 2018.
Trusted payments, identities, and data security company Entrust may be on the verge of acquiring identity verification (IDV) technology company Onfido. Entrust confirmed this week that it has entered “exclusive discussions” on the potential deal.
The acquisition would add an AI/ML-based biometric and document IDV tech stack to Entrust’s current portfolio of identity solutions. Entrust would also be able to leverage biometric, phishing-resistant authentication for use in high-value transactions.
Entrust President and CEO Todd Wilkinson praised Onfido’s IDV team, capabilities, and tech stack, calling them “best-in-class.” Wilkinson also pointed to the evolution of fraud – driven by new AI capabilities – that have created new challenges for identity verification. “Deepfakes and synthetic identity are driving a global need for a powerful level of identity assurance that facilitates crucial digital journeys in banking, finance, government, travel, and more,” Wilkinson said. “Step-up authentication using biometric-based, AI-driven identity verification will be critical to ensuring security, privacy, and trust in these high-value digital-first interactions.”
Headquartered in London and founded in 2012, Onfido leverages machine learning, AI, and automation to offer a digital identity solution that creates trust at the point of onboarding and beyond. The company’s technology helps businesses acquire new customers and keep costs low, while remaining compliant with regard to both KYC and AML. Onfido made its Finovate debut at FinovateEurope in 2018 and returned to the Finovate stage months later for FinovateFall in New York.
Most recently, Onfido launched its Compliance Suite. The new offering, unveiled in late January, is an all-in-one identity verification solution that brings qualified electronic signature (QES) and One-time Password (OTP) to Onfido’s Real Identity Platform. The combination enables businesses to customize their onboarding workflows to meet local compliance obligations, increase customer conversions, and keep fraudsters at bay.
Entrust made its Finovate debut at our developers conference, FinDEVrSiliconValley 2015, and returned the following year to participate in FinDEVrSiliconValley 2016 (as “Entrust Datacard”). The company rebranded to “Entrust” in 2020, in a move that Wilkinson called “an evolution of our brand that honors our heritage as we look forward to our critical role in enabling companies to secure identity, payments, and data protection in a rapidly changing world.”
Today, Entrust has issued more than 20 billion payment cards, protects more than 100 million workforce and consumer identities, and encrypts and secures 24+ Swift messages daily. Founded in 1969 as DataCard Corporation, the company acquired Entrust in 2013, and Entrust Datacard was launched the following year.
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