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Strong Customer Authentication (SCA): A Set Scene with a Twist

By Alison Donnelly, Director at fscom & Ambassador for Ireland at European Women Payments Network

In this whitepaper, you'll learn:
  • What PSD2 is and how it affects your business
  • How to perform SCA
  • The protections PSPs must ensure is present in their SCA solution
A good read for:
  • CTOs and CIOs
  • Chief security officers
  • Enterprise decision-makers
  • Customer experience leads
  • IT managers
  • Medium-sized business owners

Strong Customer Authentication (SCA): Introduction

September 14, 2019 has come and gone. For payment service providers (PSPs), the run up to the date became like the countdown to Y2K; there was confusion over what changes were necessary and concern about what would happen. Questions arose from all corners as rules written to enforce strict authentication standards on online payments for business models that had never been available in a live market before were about to be enforced. But unlike Y2K, the ticking clock wasn’t inevitable and at the last minute, regulators gave some leeway, or at least, some of them did. Maybe I am getting ahead of myself; let’s set the scene first.

25 November 2015 – The European Commission (EC) publishes the final version of the second payment services directive (PSD2), one of the goals of which was to create a more secure market of electronic payments. Within PSD2, one of the many obligations put on the European Banking Authority (EBA) was to develop regulatory technical standards for customer authentication and common and secure communication.


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