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Overview of Alliance Lite2

Introduction


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Alliance Lite2 is a hosted service operated by SWIFT, which allows customers to connect to the SWIFT network. Alliance Lite2 enables SWIFT customers to send and to receive all types of SWIFT messages and files, manual or automated, with a very light footprint. Alliance Lite2 also enables the use of all SWIFTNet browse services offered over SWIFTNet upon separate subscription to these services.

Manual sending and receiving of SWIFT messages and files through browser-based screens

Alliance Lite2 enables customers to enter, approve, send, and receive SWIFT messages and files using a standard Internet Explorer browser on a Windows PC, and a secure USB token provided by SWIFT.

Through the browser-based Alliance Lite2 screens, the customer can create and send SWIFT messages (MT, MX, and FileAct), while validation and approval are performed through a secure and auditable workflow. This workflow can be configured according to the customer's needs with 4-eyes control. The SWIFT standards are built in, and SWIFT messages (MT or MX) are validated against the SWIFT standards.

Customers can manually upload files and send to the counterparty on SWIFTNet as individual SWIFT messages (MT or MX) or as entire files (FileAct) to the counterparty on SWIFTNet.

Automated sending and receiving through AutoClient

Through its lightweight AutoClient software, Alliance Lite2 offers an easy, file-based way to integrate SWIFT messaging with customer applications. The AutoClient software runs in the background on a Windows PC, and automatically uploads and downloads messages and files to and from SWIFT counterparties in a secure and reliable way.

Automated sending and receiving through Direct Link

Direct Link for Alliance Lite2 provides an alternative Alliance Lite2 connectivity for automated flows, which removes the need to use AutoClient. This software supports an interactive connection between the back-office and Alliance Lite2 as well as an ad-hoc integration and transformation capability.

Other functions accessible through the browser-based screens

The browser-based screens also offer access to the following functions:

The browser-based screens also enable trusted staff at the customer side to grant users access to Alliance Lite2, to assign permissions at various levels to these users, and, through the SWIFT Certificate Centre, to initialise a SWIFT secure personal USB token for each user.

VPN or Internet connectivity

Alliance Lite2 customers are strongly recommended to use Alliance Connect VPN boxes to connect to SWIFT. Customers can also use a broadband Internet connection to access Alliance Lite2 screens or to use AutoClient. Subject to a separate subscription, Alliance Lite2 customers can use SWIFT's Virtual Private Network (VPN), also called the SWIFT Secure IP Network (SIPN), through SWIFT's Alliance Connect products (Alliance Connect Bronze/Silver/Silver Plus/Gold). Note that the subscription to the SWIFT Secure IP Network (SIPN) only becomes active after a subsequent Alliance Lite2 allowable downtime window (ADW, see Planned unavailability).

The use of SWIFT's VPN through Alliance Connect is optional if the customer uses tokens, but is mandatory if the customer uses channel certificates. Depending on the services used, customers can ask SWIFT to disable Internet access for all their users, allowing access only through SWIFT's VPN.

Security

Alliance Lite2 offers the following security features:

SWIFT certifies the PKI public keys using SWIFT's own Certification Authority (CA).

The specific security requirements for Alliance Lite2 must build on, and be integrated with, the customer's existing security infrastructure.

Customers have ultimate responsibility for ensuring that they follow secure browsing practices.

For more detailed descriptions about how the customer can achieve these goals, see Security Features and Users' Responsibilities.