Contego achieves Cyber Essentials PLUS status

London - 12 July 2016

Contego, the multi-source fraud detection platform, today announced that it had achieved the Cyber Essentials PLUS certification, a government backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against cyber attacks.

Since 2011, Contego has been helping banks, Fintech and property firms to reduce the risk of fraud and improve and automate compliance, Anti-money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) checks and processes. Furthermore, Contego’s single risk scoring platform can handle complex, multi-source fraud detection and compliance checks in real-time, all delivered via a single API, which expediates and improves customer onboarding.

The scale and rate of cyber attacks is increasing and poses a real threat to UK businesses. According to a recent PwC survey, commissioned by the UK government, 90% of major UK businesses and 74% of small companies suffered a cyber security breach in the last year. Furthermore, in 2015, the average cost of a cyber breach was between £1.46m and £3.14m for a large organisation and £75k to £311k for a small business.

To achieve the stringent Cyber Essentials PLUS certification, Contego undertook a complete review of all security processes in the organisation, which were then independently tested by IASME, one of the four Cyber Essentials accreditation bodies appointed by the government.

The Cyber Essentials PLUS certification enhances Contego’s commitment to meeting the highest standards of security. The platform is cloud hosted by Amazon Web Services and Contego is certified to the ISO 27001:2013 information security standard. A customisable solution, the Contego platform can adapt to the latest industry changes, from regulation to technological advancements.

Adrian Black, CEO, Contego, said: “We are really pleased to have achieved the Cyber Essentials PLUS certification. We are continuously looking for ways to improve our cyber security and submit to industry standards. Holding this certification in addition to our existing certifications, demonstrates to our customers and suppliers that their data is safe with us and that we are vigilant to emerging cyber threats.”

Launched in 2011, Contego is the only comprehensive risk scoring platform that can handle complex multi-source fraud detection and compliance checks at high speed, delivered in a single view, through one easily-integrated API.

For the past five years, Contego’s team of fraud and technology experts has helped the banking,  FinTech and property  sectors to reduce the risk of fraud and make compliance checks and processes, such as AML (Anti Money Laundering) and KYC (Know Your Customer), as frictionless as possible.  

Contego helps banks to onboard and monitor customers by improving process automation and efficiency; they help early-stage FinTech firms to prepare for launch by embedding their processes to provide friction-free onboarding and property firms to comply with Right to Rent and AML requirements.

Contego provides easy access to a breadth of data which is unparalleled. Put simply, they incorporate data feeds from as many sources as are necessary. As well as partnering with a number of leading commercial data providers, Contego is one of the very few UK-based firms that has an intelligence sharing agreement with law enforcement agencies.

Contego delivers a comprehensive and holistic view of both people and companies, so that banks, FinTech and property firms can instantly make crucial, data-driven decisions about how and with whom they do business.

As Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Adrian is the driving force behind Contego, working hard to reduce the risk of fraud and compliance costs in the banking, FinTech and property sectors. Contego provides a comprehensive risk scoring platform that can handle complex multi-source fraud detection and compliance checks at high speed, and deliver a single view via an easily integrated API.

Adrian has built a strong leadership team  of business development, operational and technology experts, and has secured partnerships with a number of well known, household brands including: Foxtons, LendInvest and Westfield Shopping Centre.

Adrian has an impressive track record in fraud prevention and entrepreneurship.  Prior to Contego, Adrian acted as a consultant to clients including eBay, Experian and DMGT before joining DMGT where he managed and completed two software acquisitions to help form an automotive division. Whilst at DMGT, Adrian worked with the police, AutoTrader, eBay and others to create VSTAG, an industry forum to combat fraud in automotive advertising. Chairing VSTAG and championing intelligence-sharing as a means of reducing online fraud led to a pilot project, and was the seed that became Contego.

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