Biometrics , Fraud Management & Cybercrime , Fraud Risk Management

Using Biometrics to Curb Unemployment Benefits Fraud

ITRC’s Eva Velasquez on New Approaches to Authentication
Eva Velasquez, president and CEO at the Identity Theft Resource Center

The federal government and states should add more layers of authentication, including biometrics, to thwart fraudsters' efforts to obtain unemployment benefits, says Eva Velasquez, president and CEO at the Identity Theft Resource Center.

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Using knowledge-based authentication is no longer reliable because so much personal information is readily available on the internet, she says.

"You have to look at behavioral biometrics and multifactor authentication."

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Velasquez discusses:

  • How CISOs are targeted in unemployment fraud cases;
  • Measures the government can take to reduce unemployment compensation fraud;
  • Why older authentication methods no longer work.

Velasquez, president and CEO at the Identity Theft Resource Center, previously served as the vice president of operations for the San Diego Better Business Bureau and spent 21 years at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. She is the driving force behind the first free ID Theft Help App and the ITRC’s new artificial intelligence victim chatbot, VIVIAN, which is in beta testing and slated to be released later this year.

About the Author

Suparna Goswami

Suparna Goswami

Associate Editor, ISMG

Goswami has more than 10 years of experience in the field of journalism. She has covered a variety of beats including global macro economy, fintech, startups and other business trends. Before joining ISMG, she contributed for Forbes Asia, where she wrote about the Indian startup ecosystem. She has also worked with UK-based International Finance Magazine and leading Indian newspapers, such as DNA and Times of India.

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