KBC Bank Ireland Selects VASCO to Enable Apple TouchID Support and Transaction Signing

September 16, 2015

DIGIPASS for Apps Uses Biometrics to Replace PINs for a Frictionless User Experience with High Security

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL and DUBLIN, September 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (NASDAQ: VDSI), a global leader in authentication, electronic signatures, and identity management, announced today that KBC has integrated the VASCO DIGIPASS for Apps security solution into its mobile banking application. The move allows KBC Bank Ireland customers to use the TouchID functionality of their iPhones instead of a PIN code for transparent security and enhanced convenience.

DIGIPASS for Apps is a software development kit (SDK) that allows mobile application developers to easily integrate advanced security solutions into their mobile applications. The solution includes two-factor authentication, electronic transaction signing, one-time passwords, device binding and many other features that strengthen security while improving user convenience.

KBC is an established customer of VASCO and uses VACMAN Controller, an API-based authentication platform that serves as the backend for all DIGIPASS authenticators. KBC has previously deployed DIGIPASS 275 hardware authenticators to their banking customers. The bank’s implementation of DIGIPASS for Apps protects KBC’s mobile banking transactions and also allows users of web-based banking applications to generate a one-time password on their phone for secure online banking.

“At KBC Bank Ireland, we are committed to giving customers a digital banking experience that is convenient, intuitive and above all, secure,” stated Evert Vandenbussche, Chief Operations Officer, KBC Bank Ireland. “We are always looking for new ways to innovate and build on this experience for consumers as they move away from traditional banking methods to embrace new technologies. With the addition of DIGIPASS for Apps to KBC’s mobile offering, our customers can now enjoy swift, secure mobile banking at their fingertips, making account access and paying for goods and services even easier than before.”

“The movement to mobile banking has been rapid and far reaching, and it has brought new challenges and new opportunities,” stated Jan Valcke, President and COO of VASCO Data Security. “By leveraging the advanced technology embedded in mobile phones, we can protect banks and their customers better than ever while improving the ease of conducting transactions.”

A demo video of the app on KBC’s website: https://www.kbc.ie/Why-KBC/Online-and-Mobile-Banking/The-new-KBC-Mobile-Banking-App

KBC Bank has been providing banking services in Ireland for over 40 years and is part of the KBC Group, one of Europe’s most recognizable financial institutions since 1978. With over 1,000 employees in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Kilkenny, Waterford and Kildare, we are dedicated to creating a bank where the customer comes first. We take a Bank of You approach to all our products and services and in our dealings with customers, shareholders, staff and communities. A member of one of Europe’s largest banking groups, KBC is committed to delivering responsible but innovative banking that is grounded in customer and shareholder value.


VASCO is a world leader in providing two-factor authentication and digital signature solutions to financial institutions. Many of the top 100 global banks rely on VASCO solutions to enhance security, protect mobile applications and meet regulatory requirements. VASCO also secures access to data and applications in enterprise environments, and provides tools for application developers to easily integrate security functions into their web-based and mobile applications. VASCO enables more than 10,000 customers in 100 countries to secure access, manage identities, verify transactions, and protect assets across financial, enterprise, E-commerce, government and healthcare markets. Learn more about VASCO at vasco.com and on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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