SWIFT customers to prepare for new SWIFTNet CA certificate by February 2020

Customers must take action by February 2020 to avoid service disruption

After 20 years in service and having issued nearly 2 million certificates, the SWIFTNet Certification Authority (CA) is now entering its renewal period, and we aim to make this a smooth process for our customers. The new SWIFTNet CA will provide a new level of security in the issuance of SWIFTNet Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certificates.
To ensure a smooth transition, customers will need to install the new certificates, and in some cases to upgrade and restart specific software by February 2020. This initiative is also known as SWIFTNet Root Key Renewal (RKR).

What must I do by when?

Depending upon the product or service you use, mandatory actions will vary, please consult the Support page for more information.

SWIFTNet CA Renewal timeline

September 2019: SWIFT will issue the new SWIFTNet CA certificate, which will be either automatically downloaded by Root Key Renewal compatible software or will require manual action by customers (depending on which SWIFT products and services a customer uses). Certificates will continue to be issued by the current SWIFTNet CA.

March 2020: Activation of the new SWIFTNet CA by SWIFT. The new SWIFTNet CA will be used to issue PKI certificates from now on.
If you require assistance in upgrading to compatible software please contact your account/sales manager or your regional office.


SWIFTNet PKI provides certification services to entities that send and receive messages or files over the SWIFTNet network. These entities are typically end users, applications, and interfaces that apply digital signatures and encryption to messages when exchanging information. Certification services include the issuance and management of certificates such as business, personal token, and webserver certificates. All customer requests to issue PKI certificates are processed by the SWIFTNet Certification Authority (CA).



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