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Synthetic Identity Fraud a Critical Primary National Security Priority
  • Robert Mungai
Robert Mungai
Institute of Professional Software Engineers-IPSE March

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Abstract

Synthetic identity fraud poses a pervasive threat to national security, presenting formidable challenges to financial systems, government bodies, and businesses. This study scrutinizes the severity of synthetic identity fraud as a paramount national security issue, emphasizing its complex nature, the vulnerabilities it exploits, and its diverse impacts on society. Synthetic identity fraud entails fabricating identities by amalgamating authentic and falsified information, complicating detection for conventional authentication methods. This sophisticated approach empowers fraudsters to establish credit profiles, initiate account openings, and engage in unlawful activities under false pretenses, leading to significant financial losses and eroding trust in institutions. Moreover, synthetic identities are increasingly leveraged in organized crime, terrorism financing, and illicit activities, intensifying the national security threat. The anonymity provided by synthetic identities hampers law enforcement efforts, impeding the identification and apprehension of perpetrators. Tackling synthetic identity fraud necessitates a holistic strategy incorporating technological advancements, regulatory adjustments, and collaborative endeavors among stakeholders. Advanced data analytics, biometric authentication, and machine learning algorithms present promising avenues for early detection and mitigation of synthetic identity schemes. Additionally, robust identity verification protocols and information-sharing frameworks are imperative for reinforcing the resilience of financial ecosystems and protecting national interests. This study underscores the urgency for policymakers, law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, and technology providers to prioritize synthetic identity fraud as a critical national security concern. Through fostering cooperation and implementing proactive measures, stakeholders can strengthen defenses, disrupt criminal networks, and uphold the integrity of economic and societal structures amidst evolving threats.