Swift's launch of the Customer Security Programme Assessor Certification represents a significant step forward in strengthening the security landscape of financial messaging services. Through this framework, Swift users benefit from increased confidence, consistency, and access to certified assessments. Swift itself reinforces its commitment to security by enhancing collaboration and streamlining oversight.
Benefits for Swift users
- Increased Confidence: Swift users benefit from the assurance that their chosen Swift CSP assessment provider has met stringent certification criteria. This programme ensures that the providers possess the necessary expertise and capabilities to conduct thorough assessments and identify potential vulnerabilities accurately.
- Consistency and Standardisation: The certification programme establishes a standardised approach to CSP assessments, ensuring consistency in the evaluation of security controls across different providers. This helps in determining the adequate assessment scope and a fair cost. Users can have confidence that the assessment process aligns with Swift's expectations, regardless of the chosen provider.
- Access to Swift CSP assessment providers and their certified assessors: Swift provides transparency by publishing the Swift CSP assessment providers and their Swift certified Assessors in a dedicated directory on swift.com. This simplifies the decision-making process for users, facilitating their selection of a provider employing certified assessors.
Benefits for Swift community
- Strengthened Security Ecosystem: By implementing the Swift CSP Assessor certification, Swift further strengthens the security ecosystem surrounding its financial messaging services. Swift CSP Assessment Providers and certified Assessors contribute to the overall security of Swift users, reducing the risk of potential vulnerabilities and safeguarding the integrity of transactions.
- Enhanced Collaboration and Partnership: Swift's launch of Swift CSP Assessor certification fosters closer collaboration with Swift CSP Assessment Providers, creating a mutually beneficial relationship. Swift can leverage the expertise of certified Assessors, gaining insights and industry intelligence that can support the continuous improvement of its security framework.
- Streamlined Oversight and Service monitoring: With a certified pool of Assessors, Swift can streamline the oversight and quality assurance processes. The programme establishes clear criteria for assessing the providers' capabilities and ensures ongoing compliance.
CSP Certified Assessors Directory (available from January 2024)
Swift has created a Directory of Swift CSP Certified Assessors for your reference when looking for assessment providers in your region. These companies have met specific eligibility criteria and employ a minimum of 2 Assessors who have successfully completed the Swift CSP Assessor certification by passing an exam. They can help you to assess your level of compliance toward the implementation of the CSP mandatory and advisory controls that apply to your connectivity configuration with Swift.
Swift acknowledges those individuals within the CSP Assessment provider companies who successfully complete the applicable Swift CSP Assessor Certification criteria. Each Swift Certified Assessor is tested against a set of criteria that is reviewed on a yearly basis to help ensure that certification benchmarks remain properly aligned with the evolution of the CSP, Swift services and products, market practices, and Swift user needs.
You can filter the list by regional coverage, number of certified assessors and have further access to different level of detail, including provider contact information and certified including provider contact information and CSP Certified Assessor information.
When a Swift CSP Assessment Provider applied but has not yet met the eligibility criteria of having two of their employees successfully pass the Swift CSP Assessor Certification, they are listed as "staff certification in progress".