What is risk-based authentication?

Risk-based authentication (RBA) is a non-static authentication system that takes into account the profile (IP address, User-Agent HTTP header, time of access, and so on) of the agent requesting access to the system to determine the risk profile associated with that transaction. This type of authentication method is used to determine high-risk security threats to protect sensitive information. When the risk level increases, authentication becomes more extensive. False insurance claims are insurance claims filed with an intent to defraud an insurance provider.

A common example of risk-based authentication is when a user accesses their bank account outside of their home state or country. Because the user’s geographic location is different, the indication of potential risk is alerted. The user will then proceed to answer their security questions in order to access their bank account information. 

User and Transaction Dependent Authentication

Risk-based authentication can be user-dependent or transaction-dependent. A user-dependent authentication means that the authentication process will look the same for the user, every time. This means that a user can expect to input the same credentials when authentication is prompted during a login attempt. A transaction-dependent authentication means the user could have to input different credentials if authentication is promoted, even after inputting a username and password. Instead of answering the same security questions, they may have to answer other credentials such as their social security number, date of birth, etc. to gain access to their account.

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