MasterCard Launches Safety Net Program for Cybersecurity

MasterCard Launches Safety Net Program for Cybersecurity

October 20, 2015         Written By Natalie Rutledge

To help protect banks and payment processors against cyber hacking, MasterCard has developed a special program called Safety Net that identifies potential threats before they turn into full-blown attacks. The program is designed to screen billions of transactions a day through multiple layers of tools and analytics, utilizing the inherent power of MasterCard’s global network.

MasterCard first announced its Safety Net in February, with plans to launch this past spring. The credit card giant invested an estimated $20 million to get the fraud prevention program running, but its official launch date took longer than expected.

Safety Net works on a global scale, pinpointing unusual transactions that could turn into worldwide attacks. The program adds an external layer of protection in addition to an issuing bank’s existing security measures, and then monitors transactions through a series of advanced algorithms tailored to each market. Banks under the protection of Safety Net are able to continue operations as normal without any interruptions from MasterCard.

The MasterCard Safety Net is being run out of Europe, but it covers card issuers and processors from nearly every continent. All Maestro, Cirrus and MasterCard credit cards and debit cards are covered under the program.

“Safety Net is the latest in a strong line up of network level defenses available to issuers in their fight against major cyberattacks,” said Ajay Bhalla, MasterCard’s Enterprise Security Solutions President.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of October 20, 2015. For up-to-date information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website. Many of the offers on this article are from our affiliate partners, and may be compensated if you take action with any of our affiliate partners.


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Natalie Rutledge majored in Communications at Mississippi State University. She was in sales for a number of businesses and spent nine years working as a communications advisor to various entities. Natalie can be contacted directly at
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