EBICS 3.0 with BTF clears the way

Businessman walking towards his ambitionEuropean payment transactions are converging thanks to SEPA and EBICS. With the help of EBICS 3.0, various EBICS dialects are now merging. The concept behind this process is called BTF. BTF stands for Business Transaction Format. BTF standardises the description of the formats to be transferred in Germany, France and Switzerland. This harmonisation clears the way for a growing EBICS community.

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EBICS 3.0 in the starting blocks

3d Figur an StartlinieOn 19 May 2017 in the auditorium of the Fédération Bancaire Française (French Banking Federation), a workshop was held by CFONB to present version 3.0 of the EBICS protocol.

More than 120 people from various industries – banking, manufacturing, business etc. – took part in the event at which different speakers discussed the basic concept of this new version.

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EBA CLEARING to introduce EBICS as additional connectivity option for its instant payment system

EBA-Clearing-logo-680x336Future service participants can use SIANet or EBICS to connect to the new pan-European real-time payment infrastructure from November 2017 on – other options may follow later.

EBA CLEARING announced today that the future participants in its pan-European instant payment infrastructure service will be able to use, in addition to SIANet, the Electronic Banking Internet Communication Standard (EBICS) for the exchange of transaction messages with the platform. The Company will introduce EBICS as an additional connectivity option from the start of the service in November 2017 and make it available in the test environment from June 2017. Continue reading

How to enhance EBICS, Part 9 – EBICS is ideal for transferring files of all sizes. – Yes, but …

Businessman pushing button download webThe data behaviour for payments also continues to change with SEPA. New processes mean that the files exchanged between customers and banks and in bilateral exchanges keep getting bigger. In the customer-bank relationship in particular, the download function for data downloads (e.g. account statements) via EBICS plays an important role. And here at least there seems to be a need for optimisation. For particularly large files, various factors make it difficult to perform a successful download.

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Software producers and financial institution promote EBICS in Switzerland

Competitive EdgeSince 2013, the major Swiss banks have offered their corporate customers the EBICS communication standard. Since May 2015, Switzerland has been an official member of the EBICS committee that aims to promote and maintain the standard throughout all of Europe and beyond. To help EBICS make a definitive breakthrough, the leading EBICS producers and the major Swiss bank Credit Suisse have formed a work committee to promote EBICS in Switzerland (AFES). Swiss software producers benefit from a campaign that enables a smooth start with EBICS.

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EBICS and PSD2 – how will they work together?

European flag clock with words Time for Action on its faceThe European Parliament’s Payment Services Directive PSD is the legal basis for the EU-wide uniform internal market for payments. The current version, PSD2, was published on 23/12/2015 in the Official Journal of the European Union and must be implemented in national legislation by 13/01/2018. How does the PSD2 affect EBICS?

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“Offline payment software in the sights of hackers – Swiss companies affected”

Network Safety ConceptThe above headline is taken from a statement by the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI) from July of this year. The statement describes a new type of hack on companies in Switzerland.

To process mass payments, especially in the case of multibank accounts, companies today generally use offline software for the transmission, approval and execution of electronic payment orders. Transfers are triggered automatically directly from within the ERP software and are transmitted to the bank via secure protocols. This type of payment processing accounts for the majority of the electronic payment orders executed in Switzerland today.

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EBICS mobile – any time, any place

EBICS mobile HSHMichael Schunk, Product Manager, PPI AG

The EBICS protocol is designed to transfer large data volumes, call up account information and authorise orders. These are the basic requirements of a treasurer and they are fulfilled by EBICS, guaranteeing the success of EBICS.

In the age of digitalisation, more and more information is provided at increasing speeds. Even EBICS must fulfil this requirement, and its response consists of mobile EBICS apps that inform the customer fast. Continue reading

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Hacker attacks on SWIFT payments

hacker at work with graphic user interface around81 million US dollars – criminals have stolen this enormous sum from the central bank of Bangladesh, not in a movie-style heist but very quietly via hacking. The thieves made more than 30 bank transfers from the account of the Bangladesh Bank at the New York Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) to Philippine accounts. This case and others show that inter-bank payments are a lucrative target, and that the security of the SWIFT international financial network is vulnerable. Penetrating this network certainly requires a lot of effort, however the loot that can be expected is even greater. In view of such professional attacks, the security of payments is at the top of the agenda once again. Continue reading