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INVEST BUT HAVE NO INPUT IS THE BEST WAY FOR GOVERNMENT FUNDING TO BE A SUCCESS

Governments that invest in businesses, but then have no say on any decisions made by company managers, are much more likely to see their investments be a success, according to new research by Vlerick Business School.

 

Professor of Corporate Finance, Sophie Manigart, and post-doctoral researcher, Thomas Standaert, found that governments that invested but had no input were more successful in stimulating growth in companies and providing more resources to the private risk capital market.

 

Whereas, the researchers found that governments that invest directly in a company and have complete control of all of the decisions tend to yield the poorest results. Businesses that raised funding this way did not grow faster than companies that raised no funding at all.

 

The research findings came from a previous study on both literature on government investments, but also from a dataset of 345 Venture Capital funds established between 1996-2017. The researchers analysed how a number of European companies developed after receiving venture capital through four different models, ranging from full government control, to government investment, but independent decision-making. The researchers compared the performances of each firm, up to five years after the initial VC investment.

 

The four key investment models that the researchers analysed were:

  1. Direct and solitary – where a government invests directly in a target company and all decisions are made by the government
  2. Direct but in partnership – the government invests directly in target companies, but in partnership with private investment funds
  3. A passive government role – the government co-invests in target companies with private players who take all decisions. The government plays a passive role and is hands-off when it comes to most investment decisions; the government merely follows the private sector.
  4. A government invests in a fund-of-fund and does not mingle in investment decisions – this goes a step further than the third model by having governments invest in private funds that are managed entirely by equally private fund managers.

 

Professor Manigart says,

“Government intervention in the risk capital market is needed in Europe and worldwide, but governments should respect the role of private players and not become dominant decision makers. Governments who simply provide this funding, but let the firm work independently and autonomously are much more likely to see growth, which can only be a benefit for investors, the firm, and customers alike”

 

The researchers state that governments need to apply the fourth method more often in order for the target companies to be more innovative and successful. A good example of this model being implemented successfully is the Canadian government, who pioneered this model with the launch of the Venture Capital Action Plan, which has resulted in over $900 million in private investor capital being added to the ecosystem.

 

Government aid is genuinely effective for businesses, even companies like Apple and Tesla would not have survived without government funding. If there’s no financial help, then it could be argued that there would be no high-tech developments and innovations in society. Therefore, it is important that governments look to invest in the most effective way possible for growth in these companies, so that high-tech, social projects and high-employment companies have the greatest chance of growth and survival.

 

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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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