Trustonic boosts cybersecurity portfolio with KB Bank

KB Kookmin Bank (KB Bank) has strengthened its mobile security, uniting with mobile cybersecurity specialists Trustonic for the successful implementation of Trustonic Application Protection (TAP). 

The integration seeks to enable a simpler authentication experience for users of its KB Star Banking app, as it combines TAP with its new digital authentication certificates, the bank simplifies customers’ access to banking services and enables them to authenticate higher value transfers in-app. 

Mr. Han, Senior Executive Vice President, Kookmin Bank commented: “In Korea, users need to install authentication certificates to use mobile banking services. This can be a complex and time-consuming process that often requires revalidation and multiple passwords. 

“With our long-standing partner Trustonic, we are able to vastly improve the in-app user experience and allow our users to authorize much higher value transactions. Some security solutions make you choose between security, user experience and performance but with TAP there’s no compromise.”

The largest Korean bank by number of mobile users, KB Bank provides online and mobile banking services to over 10 million customers. Trustonic’s mobile application protection is enabling the bank to provide faster, simpler and more secure digital banking services by isolating authentication certificates in the hardware security of today’s smartphones. 

Since launching in summer 2019, the app has acquired 3 million active users, and adoption among KB Bank customers continues to grow rapidly.

Dion Price, CEO of Trustonic, concluded: “Korea’s certificate-based authentication infrastructure has historically limited the user experience for mobile banking apps. By making its banking app more seamless and secure with Trustonic’s unique combination of hardware and software in-app protection, KB Bank has vastly improved the user experience.

“This is a perfect example of how advanced security can enrich apps for end users, which is why TAP is being adopted to protect financial services across payments, banking, fintech and mPOS.”