Equity Bank Enlists Entersekt to Protect Its Digital Channels

By Soko Directory Team / January 26, 2016 | 10:19 am



Equity-Bank-thin-SIM-technology equitel

Equity Group Holdings’ banking subsidiary has selected Entersekt’s mobile-based, multi-factor authentication products, Transakt and Interakt, to boost the security of its online banking, mobile banking, and payments product set.

Entersekt, a provider of advanced authentication software, will partner closely with Equity Group Holdings, as it expands its digital banking and payments offerings.

Speaking when he confirmed the association with Entersekt, Equity Group Holdings Managing Director Dr James Mwangi described the partnership as a strategic effort to guarantee the integrity of its digital financial services platforms.

“At Equity Group, we are riding the wave of digital convenience and our association with Entersekt will afford us a rare opportunity to deliver banking services on multiple digital platforms,” Dr Mwangi said, adding, “the provision of digital banking solutions, is part of Equity Group’s commitment to deepen financial inclusion in Africa.”

Mobile technology, is crucial to the provision of accessible banking and payments services in sub-Saharan Africa, overcoming as it does challenges presented by inadequate infrastructure, limited travel options, and the relative expense of and distrust in traditional banking channels. “Mobile penetration rates in sub-Saharan Africa average about 70 percent and are climbing fast,” said Gerhard Oosthuizen, chief information officer at Entersekt. “Those African banks that succeed in creating innovative mobile experiences will grab the lion’s share of an underserved market.”

“By leveraging the enormous popularity of mobile devices, their support of digital certificates and encryption, as well as their user-friendly interfaces, Entersekt’s solutions enable banks to offer innovative banking capabilities without exposing their customers to fraud,” Oosthuizen continued. “Creating trusted relationships using mobile in a user-friendly way is the key to unlocking the full potential of this powerful channel.”

Equity, will integrate Entersekt’s Transakt and Interakt Software Development Kits (SDK) into its mobile applications to enable out-of-band, multi-factor authentication of online banking, mobile banking, mobile money transfer, e-commerce, call center, in-branch interactions, and more. Using digital certificates and proprietary validation techniques, Transakt converts the mobile phone into a trusted second factor of authentication and introduces an isolated communication channel between the device and financial institution that avoids reliance on the open Internet for user and transaction verification. The process is largely seamless to the banking customer. It avoids one-time passwords or challenge questions, requiring just one tap on a pop-up authentication request. Little to no user education is required.

Many mobile phones in Africa cannot run applications, and have opted for Entersekt’s push-USSD–based authentication product, Interakt, which provides the same peace of mind as Transakt does to owners of virtually any GSM-capable mobile device.

Ronald Webb, Director of Payments, Equity Bank,  said “The deployment of Entersekt extends Equity’s robust mobile strategy and, along with our Equitel MVNO initiative, will provide our customers with Africa’s most secure payments products and services.  We are committed to extending Financial Inclusion and providing affordable, relevant and secure services.”

Schalk Nolte, Entersekt’s chief executive officer, was buoyant. “We are delighted to have been chosen by Equity Bank for it’s transaction authentication capability.  As the largest and most dynamic bank, Equity have astonished me with their ambition to reimagine banking for a new digital era” he said. “Is there anywhere in the world that’s exploring the opportunities that mobile technology opens up as fervently and creatively as this continent is? As a South Africa-founded mobile technology company, Entersekt is proud to be a part of this fast-developing story.”





About Soko Directory Team

Soko Directory is a Financial and Markets digital portal that tracks brands, listed firms on the NSE, SMEs and trend setters in the markets eco-system.Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/SokoDirectory and on Twitter: twitter.com/SokoDirectory

View other posts by Soko Directory Team


More Articles From This Author







Trending Stories










Other Related Articles










SOKO DIRECTORY & FINANCIAL GUIDE



ARCHIVES

2020
  • January 2020 (272)
  • February 2020 (310)
  • March 2020 (390)
  • April 2020 (321)
  • May 2020 (336)
  • June 2020 (329)
  • July 2020 (91)
  • 2019
  • January 2019 (253)
  • February 2019 (216)
  • March 2019 (285)
  • April 2019 (254)
  • May 2019 (272)
  • June 2019 (251)
  • July 2019 (338)
  • August 2019 (293)
  • September 2019 (306)
  • October 2019 (313)
  • November 2019 (362)
  • December 2019 (320)
  • 2018
  • January 2018 (291)
  • February 2018 (219)
  • March 2018 (278)
  • April 2018 (225)
  • May 2018 (238)
  • June 2018 (178)
  • July 2018 (256)
  • August 2018 (249)
  • September 2018 (256)
  • October 2018 (287)
  • November 2018 (284)
  • December 2018 (185)
  • 2017
  • January 2017 (183)
  • February 2017 (194)
  • March 2017 (207)
  • April 2017 (104)
  • May 2017 (169)
  • June 2017 (205)
  • July 2017 (190)
  • August 2017 (195)
  • September 2017 (186)
  • October 2017 (235)
  • November 2017 (253)
  • December 2017 (266)
  • 2016
  • January 2016 (165)
  • February 2016 (165)
  • March 2016 (190)
  • April 2016 (143)
  • May 2016 (245)
  • June 2016 (182)
  • July 2016 (271)
  • August 2016 (248)
  • September 2016 (234)
  • October 2016 (191)
  • November 2016 (243)
  • December 2016 (153)
  • 2015
  • January 2015 (1)
  • February 2015 (4)
  • March 2015 (166)
  • April 2015 (108)
  • May 2015 (116)
  • June 2015 (120)
  • July 2015 (148)
  • August 2015 (157)
  • September 2015 (188)
  • October 2015 (169)
  • November 2015 (173)
  • December 2015 (207)
  • 2014
  • March 2014 (2)
  • 2013
  • March 2013 (10)
  • June 2013 (1)
  • 2012
  • March 2012 (7)
  • April 2012 (15)
  • May 2012 (1)
  • July 2012 (1)
  • August 2012 (4)
  • October 2012 (2)
  • November 2012 (2)
  • December 2012 (1)
  • 2011
    2010
    2009
    2008
    2007
    2006
    2005
    2004
    2003
    2002
    2001
    2000
    1999
    1998
    1997
    1996
    1995
    1994
    1993
    1992
    1991
    1990
    1989
    1988
    1987
    1986
    1985
    1984
    1983
    1982
    1981
    1980
    1979
    1978
    1977
    1976
    1975
    1974
    1973
    1972
    1971
    1970
    1969
    1968
    1967
    1966
    1965
    1964
    1963
    1962
    1961
    1960
    1959
    1958
    1957
    1956
    1955
    1954
    1953
    1952
    1951
    1950