Blogger profile: Philippe Benitez

Philippe Benitez is VP of Business Development at Thales where he leads regional development efforts to increase card revenue for financial institutions through mobile payments, EMV and other value-added services. Prior to Thales, Philippe worked with Schlumberger in Paris France. He moved to Austin in 1998 and became a Texan shortly thereafter.


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US Card Fraud Disproportionately High Last Year

As cited in a previous blog post, The Nilson Report has released its annual fraud figures, and they are a bit unsettling. The United States now accounts for 47 percent of global card fraud even though it generates only 27 percent of the total volume of purchase transactions. Why does the US have such a disproportionate percentage of fraud?

MasterCard joins Visa with EMV roadmap in US

This week the payments industry got news that many of us were hoping for: MasterCard is joining Visa in support of EMV in the United States.  In a statement issued this week, MasterCard introduced its US roadmap from magnetic stripe cards to EMV chip cards, and beyond to mobile payments and much more. While the […]

The Truth About EMV in the US: Card-Not-Present Fraud

To continue our discussion about popular myths and misconceptions about EMV payment cards, let’s talk about card-not-present (CNP) fraud – the kind where the merchant never sees you or your card. In other words, the merchant never verifies that the person making the transaction is the legitimate cardholder by checking the signature or seeing that […]

Gartner highlights EMV and NFC trends in recent Hype Cycle…

In its recently released Hype Cycle for Financial Services Payment Systems report, Gartner gave warning of increasing payment card fraud in the U.S., highlighting EMV (‘chip and pin’) payment cards as the preferred solution. According to Gartner, “U.S. banks should recognize that fraud will likely increase exponentially and with little warning. They should develop an EMV-centric […]

Listen up, America: Australia gives a lesson in swift contactless…

Recently the CBA (Commonwealth Bank of Australia) came forward with a vital lesson learned from their migration to contactless payments: get the education piece right, and you’ll pave the way for a faster, smoother contactless migration. According to one CBA official, contactless migration in Australia was weighed down by lack of education and poor change […]