Also in another article, Michael Walsh, president and CEO of CyberSource is quoted as saying: “... the platform is built in such a way that adding new mobile capabilities would be fairly seamless “ (Read here). It seems clear that there has been some discussion about the mobile banking implications of this acquisition. Seeing that it is not spelled out what it means, it offers a great opportunity to speculate. This is a few of the scenarios that I could think of:
- Visa offers a hosted mobile banking solution to issuing banks in a similar way that they offer alert services today.
- Cybersource is in the process of developing a mobile based, secure authorisation mechanism that will allow card not present transactions to be secured by means of a phone. Alternatively, VISA is considering standardising on some dual authorisation mechanism that will be licensed to vendors (Cybersource being the first one).
- VISA and Cybersource is working on a "hub" that will sit between mobile and clearing systems. If a bank connects to this "hub" mobile banking transactions will receive priority and value added services (security enhancements)
- Some of the features of new NFC phones will be supported by VISA switches.