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Eftsure secures additional funding to fight payment fraud

Australian fintech company eftsure has secured an additional US$2.5m in funding support its growth and meet the demand for its protection platform, a solution to electronic payments fraud. Since its inception, eftsure says that it has protected over US$6bn in electronic payment transactions.

Cybercrime, in particular business email compromise scams, are on the increase and evolving faster than most accounting and enterprise resource planning software technologies.  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. According to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), Australian businesses lost AU$1bn in direct costs alone to cybercrime in 2018, including payment fraud.

Established in 2014 and founded by a team of banking technology and finance professionals Ian Mirels, Mike Kontorovich and Mark Chazan, eftsure provides a software solution to customers, verifying supplier bank account details and compliance information at or prior to the point of payment. eftsure’s mantra for its solution is Know your Payee (KYP) and it provides businesses with rich data on suppliers in real-time, before they pay the wrong supplier. eftsure protects customers including ASX-listed enterprises,  local and state governments, not for profits, hospitals, schools and small to medium businesses across Australia and across various industry sectors including healthcare, education, hospitality, retail, property development, financial services and construction.

Co-founder and CEO of eftsure, Mike Kontorovich, commented: "Cybercrime targeted at businesses is fuelled by a perfect storm of e-mail usage, social engineering and gaps in payment systems. 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.

Through this same technology and platform, eftsure also protects its customers from internal payment fraud and error - adding a seamless, real-time layer of control, reporting and security.

This funding round was once again led by leading Australian venture capital firm Our Innovation Fund (OIF) that had previously backed eftsure in its earlier investment rounds. Investors joining the round also include Stephen Allen, former Global Chief Risk Officer with Macquarie Bank.  

The funding will be used across all areas of the business including expanded customer support and sales functions. In particular, eftsure will be expanding the product suite to cover international payment verification.

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