The increasing sophistication of fraudsters has security experts on high alert. Due to the growing complexity of storing and managing business data, many organizations are now more vulnerable than ever to criminal behavior involving data breaches and misuse. Scammers look for and exploit weaknesses in today’s IT systems and infrastructure with increasing frequency.
When fraudulent attempts become too difficult to detect in large volumes, manual checks for suspicious activities are simply insufficient. Fortunately, systems that provide automated controls help greatly to minimize the amount of human intervention required to prevent fraud. Fraud analytics combine various data analysis techniques and technologies to help identify potentially fraudulent transactions.
Many organizations limit their fraud analysis to identifying the financial impact of fraudulent activities. However, data analytics techniques can play a critical role in detecting and preventing fraud. These techniques can help identify patterns of fraudulent activity and provide actionable reports used to monitor and prevent fraud.
Advanced data analytics improve the efficiency and effectiveness of monitoring potentially fraudulent activities providing an early warning system for the organization. Such implementations automate repetitive tasks that are often time-consuming and help mitigate missing the identification of potential threats. Automated systems search for transactions that contain fraud indicators and improve internal controls.
Data analytics for fraud detection
Typically, a data analytics implementation for detecting and preventing fraud involves the following steps:
- Create a profile for previously occurring types of fraud within an organization that are highly probable to occur again, such as account fraud and phishing.
- Measure and prioritize the various risks associated with the exposure of such fraud.
- Identify fraud indicators within the organization by applying ad-hoc testing measures.
- Ensure that the risk-assessment programs focus on identifying areas of fraud prevention.
- Communicate and monitor fraud and risk management across the organization.
- Troubleshoot fraud by fixing the hacked/broken loopholes.
- Implement fraud detection and prevention programs at regular intervals.
Data analytics for fraud prevention
Now, let’s examine a few types of fraud and understand how data analytics helps mitigate fraud.
Identity fraud – With this type of fraud, an identity is created or stolen, combining real and fabricated credentials by acquiring them from various sources. This fraud can be mitigated with analytics, big data, and AI by evaluating hidden connections among customers, devices, and account data to help detect patterns and anomalies.
Payment fraud – This fraud occurs when a person’s payment information has been stolen or accessed without authorization to make an illegal transaction. The fast-changing payment ecosystem – cashless payments, digital payments, instant payments – pushed by fintech’s and other financial institutions opens up new opportunities for fraudsters to exploit. Today, machine learning algorithms and behavioral profiling effectively address these risks by swiftly identifying and learning the anomalies in behavior.
Healthcare fraud – The healthcare sector is also quite vulnerable to fraud committed by medical providers, patients, and others who intentionally deceive the health care system to receive unlawful benefits. With exponential volumes of medical and healthcare data stored in vast databases, it becomes difficult to collect and analyze all the relevant data sources, increasing fraud risk. Thus applying advanced analytics, AI, and machine learning enable the healthcare organization to detect and prevent fraud by establishing connections between healthcare service providers, members, and pharmacies.
Advanced data analytics to the rescue
Advanced data analytics tools combine machine learning, text mining, and ontology modeling to improve the detection and prevention of security threats. Risk assessments examine raw data involving potential terrorists, extreme online communication, and movement in conflicted regions. The information subject to critical examination includes data harnessed from various sources such as social media platforms, online travel data, and suspicious transactions. Real-time data analysis conducted by intelligence and security agencies identifies patterns in the data collected suggesting potential security threats.
Fraudsters usually leave traces of their behavioral and transactional data behind that ultimately help with cyber fraud detection. However, gaining insights into the information is difficult due to the volume and complexity of the data that organizations collect. Advanced data analytics identifies relevant associations in data utilizing models that harness data from various sources such as email records, social media interactions, and call center notes detecting concerning activities.
Retailers often have generous customer-friendly purchase return policies that can often be subject to many fraudulent transactions. Several retailers, including Amazon and Best Buy, are now using data analytics to identify suspicious cases where consumers might be prone to committing wrongful returns.
Banks rely on data analytics to keep track of communication between their customers and the bank. This method of monitoring customer behavior helps banks prevent fraud before it is too late, allowing them to detect suspicious transactions before they happen.
Data analytics and automation are vital components in fraud detection and prevention. The vast amount of data stored in vulnerable IT systems can be alarming and is often beyond human monitoring. By implementing advanced data analytics, organizations create a leg up on fending off fraud and potentially damaging losses to customers and operations.
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