The AI-First Approach to Fraud
Detection and Prevention

The growing fraud losses of telcos coupled with the increasing level of sophistication of fraudsters means that CSPs must reexamine their fraud management strategy.

challenge for CSPs, as it brings to the fore different types of devices, partners, and service providers on one platform, thereby providing newer avenues for fraudsters to access the system. One weak link is enough for fraudsters to carry out a massive scam, significantly impacting CSPs’ profitability. 

Growing skill challenge

Faster adoption of the cloud and the growing 5G ecosystem mean that the risk management teams require new capabilities to deal with risks posed by new technologies and use cases that cut across several products and services. 

CSPs’ risk management teams need to be agile to continuously handle changes in the business. The teams should also have the ability to perform different data operations such as statistical analysis, behavioral analysis, protocol analysis, predictive analysis, and so on to capture risk-based insights from the data.

There is a greater need to upskill and increase data literacy within CSPs’ risk management teams. This is crucial to gain the ability to deal with newer forms of data sets to address the evolving type of fraud—and also to ensure the successful implementation of risk mechanisms. 

A key challenge faced by risk management teams, however, is the skills shortage. According to the Risk & Assurance Group 2021 Digital Trust Survey, finding skilled people is one of the critical challenges faced by CSPs in addressing growing fraud. This is likely to further grow with the 5G ecosystem, leading to an increase in the demand for these skills.  

CSPs can partly address these challenges by using AI-powered automation. It is critical for the risk management teams to quickly scale up, enhance coverage and bring down the dependency on manual labor. This will also increase operational efficiency while freeing up resources for more strategic work. 

Addressing new-age fraud with an AI-first approach

Amid growing fraud losses and the emergence of new challenges, CSPs stand to benefit by leveraging the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) based systems to gain the required efficiencies to address new-age fraud. AI and ML hold tremendous potential for CSPs to not only bring down fraud-related losses but also to enhance the trust of their subscribers in their infrastructure.

An AI-powered fraud management system comes with capabilities to quickly identify and respond to suspicious activity. It can combine data, both structured and unstructured, from several data streams and make sense of it in real time to help telcos efficiently stop fraud before it negatively impacts their revenue and reputation. 

In addition, AI and ML will be key proponents for handling changes in business scenarios and enabling risk management teams to be more agile. Another key advantage of an AI-based system is that it can collate both structured and unstructured data from multiple sources such as Kafka, pub-sub, APIs, and more, leading to faster detection of fraud and minimizing fraud run time. 

Also, CSPs can further leverage AI and ML capabilities to make informed decisions if it is explainable, meaning that it provides complete clarity and visibility on how decisions are taken. Therefore, a fraud management system based on Explainable AI eliminates AI bias completely and provides transparency on how decisions are made. 

Despite the potential, however, adoption of AI/ML-based fraud systems continues to be low. As per the CFCA Fraud Loss Survey Report 2021, 30 percent of the respondents are still using manual processes, while 28 percent use rules-based fraud management systems, and only 13 percent are leveraging AI and ML-based fraud management systems. The increasing sophistication of the frauds committed underlines that the methods being used by CSPs are not sufficient. Therefore, CSPs must adopt an AI-based approach to bring down fraud-related revenue loss. 

The growing fraud losses of telcos coupled with the increasing level of sophistication of fraudsters means that CSPs must reexamine their fraud management strategy. It is time to adopt AI-first fraud management systems that use the latest technologies for both prevention and quick detection of fraud, thereby taking a more proactive—rather than reactive—approach to risk mitigation.


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