Stratecast client Lavastorm features Jeff’s report: Using Big Data to Put a Big Hurt on Communications Fraud

Lavastorm features Jeff's report
“Committing communications fraud is serious business, and, to borrow a phrase from a major motion picture: ‘business is a-booming’.” ˜ So says Stratecast report Using Big Data to Put a Big Hurt on Communications Fraud authored by Jeff Cotrupe. The Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA), the de facto global authority on communications fraud, provided figures to Jeff and Stratecast indicating that communications fraud represents an $18.4 billion risk via crimes such as compromised corporate phone and voicemail systems; subscription and identity theft; credit card fraud; and calling scams known in the industry as international revenue share and bypass fraud.

Stratecast client Lavastorm, which uses Big Data to help communications service providers improve their businesses through fraud control and many other measures, is making Cotrupe’s Stratecast report available for download here. Lavastorm is featuring the report alongside other analysis from fellow technology research leaders Gartner, where Cotrupe formerly served as research director, and Forrester.

˜ Inglourious Basterds (2009, Universal Pictures). One of the author’s favorite lines from any film, ever, uttered by one of his favorite actors, Brad Pitt, as Lieutenant Aldo Raine. Proud to have been able to slip that bit of movie magic into the report.

Using Big Data to Put a Big Hurt on an $18.4 Billion Problem

Stratecast publishes Jeff Cotrupe’s latest Stratecast Perspectives & Insights for Executives (SPIE) report

Using Big Data to Put a Big Hurt on Communications Fraud 08-12-2013

Oceanside, CA (San Diego), 12 August 2013 – Stratecast has published Jeff Cotrupe’s latest research report, Using Big Data to Put a Big Hurt on Communications Fraud. The opening section of the report introduces the topic this way:

As the use of smart devices proliferates around the globe, communications service providers (CSPs) are dining on huge new revenue opportunities—and an equal helping of financial risk. The Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA)* …defines it as the use of telecommunications products or services without intention to pay. Committing communications fraud is serious business, and to borrow a phrase from a major motion picture, “business is a-booming.”** The CFCA’s most recent figures indicate that communications fraud represents an $18.4 billion risk.

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About Jeff Cotrupe
Jeff Cotrupe is a Global Program Director at Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan, a global growth partnership company, where he conceived, designed, launched, and leads the firm’s Big Data & Analytics research and consulting practice. Cotrupe is a career product marketing manager and business development catalyst, with 15+ years’ experience leading growth initiatives across multiple products in Big Data, analytics, and business intelligence; communications software; and the Cloud. He has launched and managed 20 products and services, helping companies generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, M&A, and capital. Cotrupe is also a CrossFit, speedwalking, and Relay For Life enthusiast; his MarketBLOG pagetop photo was shot 04/20/13 at RFL.

* The CFCA combats the problem of communications fraud; the industry group’s global membership consists of approximately 200 different telecommunications carriers, private network owners, law enforcement officers, communications end users, and others. The CFCA also works with other industry organizations including the TM Forum and The Forum for the International Irregular Network Access (FIINA) to combat communications fraud. The CFCA does not endorse any vendor or its products. Each company should do its own due diligence when selecting a fraud management solution.
** Inglourious Basterds (2009), Quentin Tarantino and Universal Pictures