Tuesday 4 February 2020 12:16 pm

Cyber firm Callsign set to unveil bumper JP Morgan backing

London-based identity fraud firm Callsign is said to be on the verge of unveiling fresh funding worth tens of millions of dollars from Wall Street giant JP Morgan.

Callsign, which uses AI to verify the identity of users, is signing off on a deal with JP Morgan Asset Management, which manages $2 trillion (£1.5 trillion) for global clients, Sky News reported.

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The cash injection, which could be announced as early as this week, will reportedly move Callsign close to feted unicorn status — the term given to private businesses worth a billion dollars or more.

The investment is expected to come from a private equity division that sits within the bank’s asset management arm and that has previously backed tech firms including Twitter, according to the report.

Callsign, which was founded in 2012 by Zia Hayat, is one of a number of businesses cashing in on growing demand for authentication software amid a rise in cybercrime.

The firm has specialised in the financial services sector, and last year announced it will work with Lloyds, which is the UK’s largest digital bank.

Callsign previously raised around $35m in a Series A funding round in 2017 led by prolific Silicon Valley investor Accel Partners. The latest funding is said to be much larger than this, and will involve the participation of the firm’s existing investors.

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One source told Sky News that Callsign had also held tentative discussions with Japanese investment giant Softbank, but talks had broken down over its valuation.

Callsign and JP Morgan declined to comment.

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