# Identity verification
Digital onboarding offers challenges that face to face onboarding does not. Companies need to remotely ensure who their customer is and detect potential risks for diminishing the chance of being used for illegal activities, such as money-laundry, fraud or funding terrorism. KYC (Know Your Customer) guidelines rely on procedures such as collecting and validating identification documents and looking up/matching if those identities are present on sanctions and PEP (Politically Exposed Person) lists.
When choosing what methods to use for identity assurance, this must be done considering multiple factors such as the required level of assurance, user experience, the nationality of end-users, etc. This is typically dictated by the geographic markets that the company operates in and is often subject to local regulatory requirements.
Signicat's own identity verification solution, Assure, drastically simplifies the onboarding process in many industries like banking and finance.
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