Husayn Kassai: Securing Customers Identity with Machine
Tackling security-oriented issues has always been difficult for organizations to
deal with. Though digitization has almost taken over most sectors,
identification recognition systems are still frozen in an offline world. Husayn
Kassai, CEO and Co-Founder at Onfido, has been implicating machine learning
to deliver next-generation identity verification.
Below are the highlights of an interview conducted between CIO Look and
Give a brief overview of your role in the company and how do you diversify
your tech solutions that appeal to your target audience?
Onfido's machine learning technology verifies an ID document, and uses facial
recognition to compare a selfie-photo or video with the photo on the ID, be it a
passport, a driving license or a national ID card. The identity can then be cross-
referenced against international credit and watch-list databases.
The company supplies several identity verification solutions. These include
our Document Check, which ensures that users' identity documents have not
been forged, digitally tampered with, lost or stolen, and Facial Check, which
compares the photo on a user's identity document with a selfie to make sure
users are who they claim to be. The technology enables organizations to
perform checks on over 6000 document types detecting anomalies
automatically, and using human experts to verify outliers.
What were the past experiences, achievements or lessons that shaped your
I had the idea for the business since my parents moved from Iran to the UK,
back when I was 10. It took them several months to be able to rent
accommodation in their own name or open a bank account because as new
migrants, they weren't on any credit reference agencies. At that point I
thought that credit bureaus must be magical places but I later realized
they're just databases, and due to hacks and breaches, not very secure ones. It
became clear that a better solution was needed for people t