We pay attention to SWIFT users in Ukraine to the fact that the first order of the Daily Validation Reports has been issued. This new service developed by SWIFT to counteract the negative effects of cyber attacks. We remind you that now there is a special price for Daily Validation Reports under the Agreement for the Ukrainian community.
ProFIX Company as a SWIFT Business Partner provides banks, non-banking financial institutions and corporates with a full range of SWIFT products and solutions. Besides that we also offer consulting services for our clients. To date, we already have certified specialists who are able to provide a full range of services to implement the most asked for SWIFT services, such as SWIFT Alliance Lite2 and SWIFT Sanctions Screening.
Considering the upcoming SWIFT changes in the update of software products and the start of a new release 7.2., we also update the certification of our SWIFTNet specialists to provide users with the services of upgrading SWIFT Alliance Access, SWIFT Alliance Gateway directly to their platforms.
We observe the dynamic work of the consulting services department that emphasizes the high interest of both banking institutions and other organizations in cutting edge SWIFT solutions around the world. Over the past 12 months, our specialists have provided services for 24 clients in 12 countries, including Cyprus, Belgium, Estonia, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Armenia, Georgia, Malta, Portugal, Yemen, Ukraine and others.
The list of implemented services includes projects for commercial and central banks, FinTech-companies, government agencies, insurance, investment and pharmaceutical companies. Given the positive dynamics by the end of 2017, it is planned to complete twice as many projects as in 2016.
Despite the massive hacker attack in Ukraine, ProFIX keeps its work in the standard conditions. Thanks to enhanced security measures, the computer network and the company's servers were not affected.
All services provided to customers operate without interruption; the functionality of the services is unlimited.
In particular, SWIFT Service Bureau of ProFIX Company has provided financial institutions with absolute security and continuity of operation in the SWIFT network. None of the banks connected to SWIFT through the Service Bureau hardware and software complex faced problems during the spread of the virus.
It is important to emphasize that the operation principle of the SWIFT Service Bureau is built on compliance with all requirements, according to the established SWIFT program – Shared Infrastructure Programme with which regulates the security policy and the rules of work for the Service Bureau with its customers. The audit procedure is established annually, which is confirmed by SWIFT certification of the Service Bureau, the results of which can be found at the link Service Bureau Directory
We remind that on June 27 computer networks of Ukrainian companies and banks underwent a massive cyber attack using a version of the virus "wannacry" – "cryptolocker", modified for Ukraine. The virus encrypts files on the infected computer and displays on the screen a message with a request to transfer to the specified purse the amount in bitcoins.
SWIFT is inviting all the financial institutions in Ukraine to join the community initiative specially made for your country to help you respond to fraud and cyber-threats.
The recent rise in cyber threats requires that all financial institutions re-evaluate the security and protection of their payment environments. Cyber-criminals have turned their focus to the global financial system. They are sophisticated, use advanced tools and technologies and invest heavily in their fraudulent activities.
In May 2016, SWIFT launched a new Customer Security Programme to strengthen the security of the global financial community against cyber threats, consolidating and building upon existing SWIFT and industry efforts. As part of this programme, SWIFT is encouraging customers to protect their environments through improved security controls and tools. SWIFT is also looking at how best the community can use transaction pattern detection tools to mitigate the risks associated with wire payment fraud.
Daily Validation Reports are a new addition to the SWIFT financial crime compliance portfolio and have been developed as part of the Customer Security Programme. They are designed to supplement customers’ existing fraud controls and are specifically tailored to meet the needs of smaller institutions.
The deadline is end of August to officially join the initiative.
The week of 18th of April, SWIFT will be providing the demos of the solution to show how the tool can help you. Please contact Iryna Lytovchenko, Oksana Vorontsova, phone +380 44 538 10 20 to receive more information.
We are looking forward to seeing you joining this community initiative specially made for Ukraine.
SWIFT Manager Financial Crime Compliance Unit
Europe, Middle-East and Africa
International seminar SWIFT Compliance & SWIFTRef Event was held in Kiev on 14 March.
More than 70 representatives of banks from Ukraine and Moldova took part in the event: specialists of financial monitoring departments, AML, compliance, correspondent relations and international business.
Speakers presented new SWIFT services, as well as shared experience and possibilities of using current SWIFT solutions.
The seminar was opened by Gizem Tansu, Commercial Manager Financial Crime Compliance Initiatives, EMEA. Gizem noted that today SWIFT products cover all the banks' needs in the field of Anti Money Laundering and financial fraud. Gizem Tansu emphasized the importance of meeting with representatives of the banking community of Ukraine and Moldova.
Detailed information about SWIFT Compliance services was delivered by the speakers of ProFIX Company and UkrSWIFT Association.
Dmitry Dyachkovsky, Vice Director of the Association UkrSWIFT, shared news about the SWIFT KYC Registry service – a global database of correspondent banks. Since launching the product in December 2014, more than 3,600 institutions have evaluated the benefits of the KYC Registry platform. Any bank can place its documentation in the SWIFT database and share information about itself with trusted counterparties for free.
As a token of gratitude for the participation of KYC Registry, SWIFT gives all users five KYC profiles for free. The offer is valid until the end of 2017 for all participants who will fill 5 categories in their own profile KYC Registry.
Stanislav Savitsky, SWIFT Solutions Expert SWIFT & Service Bureau Division of ProFIX Company presented the cloud solution SWIFT Sanction Screening for transactions screening needs. This fully-managed, securely-hosted service screens incoming and outgoing messages against the latest sanctions lists. To date, 36 public lists, most important from the point of view of the international financial community, have been uploaded to the system. Stanislav spoke about the benefits of working with the service: no need to install software centralized updating of public sanctions lists, the ability to load their own lists and reports on audits. At the end of the presentation Stanislav demonstrated the process of verifying a transaction using the service of Sanction Screening.
Irina Litovchenko, Head of Sales, SWIFT & Service Bureau Division, ProFIX, presented a report on the new SWIFT Name Screening solution, which offers banks and corporations an easier way of complying with sanctions and customer due diligence requirements.This secure online lookup tool allows banks and corporations to screen single names against sanctions, PEP and Dow Jones lists (PEP, RCA, SOR) in two options:
• One-time Online-check of the client.
• Regular check of the client base by one file (available from the 4th quarter of 2017).
Name Screening allows checking the client base for two lists of lists:
• Only public sanctions lists: includes checks on OFAC, EU, UN, HMT, which are updated centrally by SWIFT forces. From June 2017, additional public sanctions lists (36 in all) will be included, and it will be possible to upload personal lists for checking in Name Screening.
• Sanctions lists and study of ownership structure, as well as lists of PEP and RCA from Dow Jones. Also from the 3rd quarter, Adverse Media news from Dow Jones will be available – negative news on the BIC organization.
In continuation of the topic of sanctions lists, Irina presented a new Sanctions List Distribution solution for financial organizations that need quality data from sanctions lists. Sanctions List Distribution is offered in a structured and unified format, and lists are enriched with additional information (BIC codes, ISO country lists) and are automatically updated by SWIFT.
Gizem Tangsu, SWIFT personally presented two new SWIFT developments:
ü Payments Data Quality – a tool for monitoring compliance with financial measures established by FATF Recommendations 16 when exchanging SWIFT financial messages;
ü Daily Validation Report – service for independent evaluation of bank traffic and suspicious activity for some RMAs. The service allows you to verify the data of the operational day of the bank and the SWIFTNet banking environment with the data that SWIFT possesses. This provides an opportunity to receive traffic reports directly from SWIFT, regardless of the data of the bank systems that are exposed to external risks. The Daily Validation Report is recommended as an important step in the Bank's implementation of the Customer Security Program SWIFT (Customer Security Program).
For the banking community of Ukraine and Moldova, it was suggested to subscribe to this service on preferential terms until the end of August 2017. Detailed information about the participation in a preferential Daily Validation Report program you can request at the SWIFT & Service Bureau Division of ProFIX.
In the final part of the conference, Steven Palstermans, Senior Commercial Manager SWIFTRef, EMEA, briefed the seminar guests on the news on SWIFTRef bank directories and presented information on the new ISO 9362: BIC standard. As Mr. Palstermans noted, the transition to the new SWIFTRef bank directories is a pledge of effective financial transfers SWIFT. Using SWIFTRef catalog guarantees time and money saving on checks and adjustments of payments, ability to assess counterparty risks, maintaining customer satisfaction and reputation of the bank. Stephen Palstermans announced that for financial institutions in Ukraine and Moldova are available preferential terms for directories BIC Plus and Bankers World Online with a 30% discount for 3 years. The offer is valid until August 31, 2017.
ProFIX Company as a SWIFT Business Partner is ready to provide full information and support in the questions of connection and use of SWIFT services. Contacts of the sales department: tel .: +380 44 538 10 20, e-mail: