2016 1 Star Sponsor & Exhibitor

Web Shield

The story of Web Shield begins in December 2010, when we started the development of a product that would help acquiring banks and payment service providers to conduct their due diligence checks for online merchants. Based on the principles developed by Christian Chmiel in his book “Investigative Risk Analysis”, the first SHIELD prototype was developed.

It was clear from the beginning that a one-time investigation solution would not suffice in the ever-changing landscape of e-commerce. MONITOR, the persistent website surveillance tool, complimented SHIELD and allowed for constant website screening with the aim of identifying content violations, critical changes in the text, additional URLs and more.

A year later, in December 2011, Web Shield Limited incorporated in London and began to acquire its first customers. In the years to follow made our SHIELD and MONITOR platform the most comprehensive due diligence tool on the market.

While due diligence remained our core competency, we also managed to diversify: 2014 saw the launch of our Compromised File Detection Service, which helps Filehosters to detect content violations; in 2015 the Payment System Protection Program and Transaction Laundering Screen followed, both tools to combat illegal aggregation.

Knowledge not shared is knowledge lost – following this maxim we established the Web Shield Academy in February 2014 as a vehicle to bring specialized knowledge about cutting-edge underwriting techniques into the industry. Its lasting popularity speaks for the success of our efforts. In the same vein, we published a best practice guide for underwriters, written by our own Christian Chmiel and Markus Prause.

A main focus of ours is strong cooperation. That is why we joined established organizations like the Electronic Transactions Association, the Internet Watch Foundation, the Merchant Acquirer Committee and finally became an official MasterCard Merchant Monitoring Service Provider in July 2015.

Of course we did not rest on our laurels. GEiDD, the Global Entity Due Diligence Report, represents the pinnacle of our efforts. It constitutes a fully outsourced corporate due diligence assessment of a legal entity, including all associated URLs. With over 225 different indicators, it delivers an in-depth investigation of all relevant details and provides easy to understand recommendations.

GEiDD is joined by SENITNEL, the first line of defense against fraudsters or shady business models. With just one click you get a detailed report of a URL, complete with a content violation scan – in only 30 minutes. Through its modular setup you can amend the depth of investigation on a case by case basis.

Both, together with SHIELD, report to our central PULSE monitoring platform, which allows you to implement individual monitoring regimes for your merchants and websites.

For more information, please visit www.webshield.com.

2016 1 Star Sponsor & Exhibitor