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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 Alliance Lite2 Direct Link

Alliance Lite2 Direct Link provides an alternative Alliance Lite2 connectivity for automated flows, which removes the need to use AutoClient. Alliance Lite2 Direct Link provides an integration solution for customers connecting to SWIFTNet using Alliance Lite2.

Alliance Lite2 Direct Link - framework for integration

Alliance Lite2 Direct Link is a framework for integration, not a turnkey product. It is an integration product providing core transformation and connectivity services, in which custom logic is developed to address the specific integration requirements of a customer.

SWIFT Consulting Services must design, develop, and test this custom logic for the customer's solution in the scope of a separate integration project. An integration project can be as simple as establishing a connection between a business application that already uses standard SWIFT message formats and Alliance Lite2, or can include custom logic needed to transform proprietary messages to standard SWIFT message formats.

When planning an integration project, SWIFT Consulting Services and customer staff must work together to identify business needs. SWIFT Consulting Services then use the Alliance Lite2 Direct Link development features to implement connectivity with a business application, develop custom logic for message transformation, and define integration flows. After testing, the integration solution is deployed in a customer's production environment for run-time use.

Integration projects can support services based on FIN, InterAct, or FileAct. Depending on a customer's Alliance Lite2 licence, single-BIC or multi-BIC configuration can be implemented.

In summary, a business application can connect to SWIFT over Alliance Lite2. The business application communicates with Alliance Lite2 Direct Link, which runs the custom logic to map these proprietary formats to the standard SWIFT formats that can be exchanged with SWIFT over Alliance Lite2.

For more information about how Alliance Lite2 Direct Link interacts with a customer's business application, see Connecting to Business Applications.

SWIFT Integration Layer

SWIFT Integration Layer, embedded in Alliance Lite2 Direct Link is a SWIFT-specific integration product. It requires the development of custom logic for integration between a business application and Alliance Lite2. SWIFT Integration Layer includes various tools that facilitate the exchange of MT, MX, and proprietary messages, as well as files, with minimal changes to the business application. Message and file exchange with SWIFT occurs through Alliance Lite2.

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 can use a broadband Internet connection to access Alliance Lite2 screens or to use AutoClientAlliance Lite2. However, SWIFT strongly recommends that Alliance Lite2 customers use Alliance Connect VPN boxes to connect to SWIFT and use SWIFT's Virtual Private Network (VPN), also called the SWIFT Secure IP Network (SIPN). A separate subscription is required to access SWIFT's Alliance Connect products (Alliance Connect Bronze/Silver/Silver Plus/Gold).

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.

For Alliance Lite2 Direct Link customers, it is mandatory to use SWIFT's Virtual Private Network (VPN). Customers must subscribe to one of SWIFT's Alliance Connect products (Alliance Connect Bronze/Silver/Silver Plus/Gold).

Note:

The subscription to the SWIFT Secure IP Network (SIPN) only becomes active after a subsequent Alliance Lite2 allowable downtime window (ADW, see Planned unavailability)

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.