Eftsure says payment fraud is a complicated, growing and devastating area of cybercrime for Australian businesses, and since its inception it has protected over $6 billion in electronic payment transactions.
According to eftsure, businesses are struggling to keep up, "let alone stay ahead of the sophisticated social engineering" used to infiltrate businesses, access email systems and supplier information, ultimately to deceive and defraud a targeted company.
Established in 2014 and founded by a team of banking technology and finance professionals Ian Mirels, Mike Kontorovich and Mark Chazan, eftsure provides a specialised software solution to customers, verifying supplier bank account details and compliance information at or prior to the point of payment.
“The result is that businesses aren’t paying who they think they’re paying. This is what’s driving demand for our solution and we’re excited that this new round of investment will enable us to meet that demand.”
“Our solution seamlessly overlays a customer’s existing internet banking portal and doesn’t require any IT integration,” Kontorovich said. Through this same technology and platform, eftsure also protects its customers from internal payment fraud and error – adding a “seemless, real-time layer of control, reporting and security”.
The latest funding round was once again led by Australian new venture capital firm Our Innovation Fund (OIF), which previously backed eftsure in its earlier investment rounds.
Jerry Stesel, Partner at OIF, said: “We’re thrilled to continue to support eftsure. We’re seeing the threat of cyber security, including in payment fraud and error, as a big concern in boardrooms across Australia and eftsure is solving this risk for payers and helping to secure Australia’s payment network. With the company solving a really significant pain point for Australian businesses, we couldn’t be more excited to be backing this team.”
Eftsure says investors joining the round also include Stephen Allen, former Global Chief Risk Officer with Macquarie Bank. Allen said, “I’m excited about the application of fintech to risk management and exploring how to apply my experience in that sphere. The National Payment Platform is accelerating the issue and in eftsure I saw an elegantly simple but extremely powerful solution to a pervasive and growing problem”.
The funding will be used across all areas of Eftsure’s business, including expanded customer support and sales functions and, in particular, to expand its product suite to cover international payment verification.