Kim Sutherland, vice president of fraud and identity strategy at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, wrote in a GCN article published Monday that the federal government must implement an identity theft prevention strategy to combat scammers as they distribute stimulus funds to U.S. businesses and families as part of the $2T Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
Sutherland said government agencies should adopt a multilayered approach to prevent scammers and identity thieves from claiming funds under the CARES Act.
“The government must set up public sites for citizens and businesses looking to file for various forms of relief, at which point a single sign-on approach offers a viable path for large-scale verification,“ she wrote. “Cloud-based SSO solutions can potentially deliver lower risk and a more seamless process.“
She mentioned how authentication and verification measures could help agencies protect citizens and stimulus checks and discussed how agencies could address the risk of identity theft posed by bot traffic.
“To minimize this particular risk, government agencies must apply velocity checks to monitor device identification, as well as advanced tools that monitor behavioral interactions between the device and the data being entered, for example, noting how quickly information is entered on a web application,“ Sutherland wrote.