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DIGITAL MARKETING APPRENTICE ON TRACK TO SUCCESS WITH QUINT GROUP

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Digital marketing apprentice Rob Bester is on track to career success with Macclesfield fintech company Quint Group after seizing every opportunity to learn about the financial sector.

Rob, 32, from Manchester, started his career as a Financial Content Writer with Money Guru, a leading UK comparison site, which forms part of Quint Group.

He will begin an 18-month apprenticeship in Digital Marketing this month (February) which is being funded by the business.

Rob consciously chose the apprenticeship as the best route because he wanted to learn more about SEO, Google Analytics and reporting, to strengthen his position within the team. A further understanding of this area would also help to drive success for Money Guru.

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He said: “Before joining Money Guru, I’d been working in the marketing and advertising industry for four years, within a variety of agencies. I’d also studied a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

“When I took the role at Money Guru, I was ready to learn new skills and I have been able to really develop here and build on my portfolio in the past year. I am really lucky to work with a great team of people who are passionate about what they do and I have been able to pick their brains to further my own knowledge.”

Rob’s apprenticeship will be undertaken with Macclesfield College, which will see him study there one day a month. He praised those within the business who have supported him in the workplace and encouraged independent learning.

He said: “It’s great that the company has chosen to invest in its employees and that I can learn on the job too.

“The job is really interesting and there’s always new things to write about and learn from such as being involved in content strategy, social media campaigns and SEO. I’d encourage anyone, of any age, to think about studying for an apprenticeship in this way.”

Since he started at the business, Rob has quickly taken responsibility for Money Guru’s content output, alongside assisting colleagues within email marketing and social media. He is also passionate about using technology to improve the company’s profile.

Channel director and finance expert at moneyguru.com, Deborah Vickers, said: “Money Guru is committed to retaining and upskilling its workforce and we are delighted to invest in this apprenticeship to actively support Rob on his career path.

“His passion for the job and ability to communicate has enabled him to build trust within the business and with our growing customer network too. He is committed to personal development and training and we hope that he inspires others and passes on his experiences.

“Since starting at Money Guru, he’s made considerable progress and a great contribution to our company and he has a bright future ahead of him. His willingness to go the extra mile also saw him being given Employee of the Quarter for Q2 in 2019.”

 

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SONY BANK SECURES AND ENHANCES MOBILE BANKING WITH ONESPAN’S MOBILE SECURITY SUITE

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App shielding, biometric authentication and additional technologies secure and improve the customer experience for Sony Bank’s mobile banking app

 

OneSpan™ (NASDAQ: OSPN), the global leader in securing remote banking transactions, today announced that Sony Bank is protecting its mobile banking transactions with OneSpan’s Mobile Security Suite. OneSpan helps the bank secure and improve the customer experience by detecting and preventing mobile threats in the background, while integrating convenient features like facial recognition and fingerprint biometrics.

 

Mobile banking adoption continues to increase and the frequency of mobile attacks like malware and trojans continue to rise. Sony Bank was able to address both customer experience and security by launching its banking app and securing it using OneSpan’s suite of mobile SDKs. Mobile Security Suite integrates application security, biometric authentication and Application Shielding, which detects and mitigates fraudulent activities and helps ensure the integrity and protection of apps and data.

 

“Addressing security and customer convenience was key for us, and with OneSpan’s solutions we are able to achieve both,” said Sony Bank Senior Manager of the Systems Planning Department, Shuichiro Sumimoto. “The technology comprehensively protects the device and the application, while providing an easy way for our customers to complete mobile transactions.”

 

“OneSpan’s Trusted Identity solutions enable banks to simultaneously fight an ever-increasing number of threats while ensuring a seamless and easy customer experience,” said OneSpan CEO, Scott Clements. “With Gartner predicting that by 2022, at least 50% of successful attacks against mobile apps could have been prevented using in-app protection,[i] Sony Bank is taking the right steps to future-proof its business.”

 

While mobile threats are on the rise, so too are regulations designed to make banking more secure and transparent. In particular, the global move toward Open Banking has triggered regional regulations such as the Amended Banking Act of 2017 or the Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) in Europe. Using OneSpan’s technology, Sony Bank can address today’s PSD2 requirements with the aim of using the technology to address potential future regulations.

 

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KOREA’S KB BANK USES TRUSTONIC IN-APP PROTECTION TO ENHANCE MOBILE BANKING EXPERIENCE

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Using Trustonic Application Protection enables KB Bank to dramatically improve the authentication experience for users of its mobile banking app and allow secure high value transactions

 

Mobile cybersecurity leader, Trustonic, today announces the successful implementation by KB Kookmin Bank (KB Bank) of Trustonic Application Protection (TAP™) to enable a simpler authentication experience for users of its KB Star Banking app. By combining TAP with its new digital authentication certificates, the bank is dramatically simplifying customers’ access to banking services and enabling them to authenticate higher value transfers in-app, without the need for cumbersome user authentication practices like security tokens.

The largest Korean bank by number of mobile users, KB Bank provides online and mobile banking services to over 10 million customers. Trustonic’s mobile application protection is enabling the bank to provide faster, simpler and more secure digital banking services by isolating authentication certificates in the hardware security of today’s smartphones. Since launching in summer 2019, the app has acquired 3 million active users, and adoption among KB Bank customers continues to grow rapidly.

Mr. Han, Senior Executive Vice President, Kookmin Bank commented: “In Korea, users need to install authentication certificates to use mobile banking services. This can be a complex and time-consuming process that often requires revalidation and multiple passwords. With our long-standing partner Trustonic, we are able to vastly improve the in-app user experience and allow our users to authorize much higher value transactions. Some security solutions make you choose between security, user experience and performance but with TAP there’s no compromise.”

 

Enhancing user experience & enabling high-value transactions with advanced security

Historically, public certificates need to be regularly renewed by the app user, which can be frustrating and time consuming. Now, because the new KB Mobile Certificates have the advanced in-app protection provided by TAP, they do not need to be renewed unless revoked by the customer or unused for one year. This significantly simplifies and enhances the user experience.

High-value in-app payments are now possible because of this advanced protection. KB Bank customers can transfer up to 2 million won (approx. $1,700 US) using their account password, and up to 50 million won (approx. $41,000 US) with a password and six-digit PIN. Amounts between 50 million won and 500 million won (approx. $413,000 US) can be verified by entering their password and PIN before receiving an additional authentication code via an automated phone call.

 

Improving in-app functionality through trust

The TAP in-app protection platform protects mobile applications by securing sensitive code, data and processes in a highly protected environment. The environment dynamically upgrades over the course of an app’s lifecycle to take advantage of the most advanced hardware and software security technologies available on smartphones. Banking, payment, acceptance and fintech app developers benefit as they can use the TAP SDK to build secure next-generation experiences.

Dion Price, CEO of Trustonic, says: “Korea’s certificate-based authentication infrastructure has historically limited the user experience for mobile banking apps. By making its banking app more seamless and secure with Trustonic’s unique combination of hardware and software in-app protection, KB Bank has vastly improved the user experience. This is a perfect example of how advanced security can enrich apps for end users, which is why TAP is being adopted to protect financial services across payments, banking, fintech and mPOS.”

For more information about how TAP is enhancing both security and user experiences, visit the Trustonic website.

 

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