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CSCF/Swift Customer Security Controls

The Swift Customer Security Controls Framework (CSCF) are mandatory and advisory security protocol designed for Swift users. This framework constantly adapts, ensuring defense against the evolving cybersecurity threats for financial organizations. By embracing adaptability and forward-thinking, CSCF promotes enhanced security awareness and proactive threat mitigation, fostering a safer operational environment 

Minimize vulnerability for CSCF conformity

  • Reduce the Attack Surface: By ringfencing applications and enforcing microsegmentation policies, ensure users and applications only access the systems and data they need 
  • Restrict Access to Critical Systems: Leverage account profiling and role-based access to prevent lateral movement, protecting service accounts and critical workloads  
  • Secure the Environment: On-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments, TrueFort Platform ensures zero trust best practices through workload microsegmentation
  • Prevent Credential Compromise: Secure PII and privileged accounts by using real-time behavioral analytics to quickly detect and react to anomalous activities 
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Environmental control and insight

Application and network visibility

Clear visibility into production environments, enabling organizations to proactively identify and address unwanted behavior across their digital ecosystems with existing agents

Real-time security alerting

Assisting against zero-day threats and facilitating swift, precise responses. Rapidly notifying security teams of potential compromises to stop attacks from causing further damage

Zero trust security framework

Establish permissible workload patterns through cataloging application and account behavior. Validate requests and actions to prevent security intrusions in the data center or cloud

Lateral movement defense

Safeguard against unauthorized East-West traffic within your environment, preventing attackers from abusing service accounts and the spread of ransomware

Minimize the blast radius

Contain the effect of any security incident by containing server-to-server communications intelligently through real-time behavioral analytics


The SWIFT Customer Security Controls Framework (CSCF) comprises essential security controls for SWIFT users, aiming to bolster global banking security. 
Part of SWIFT’s Customer Security Programme (CSP), the CSCF responds to growing cyber threats in finance, mandating specific security measures for customers to protect against cyber risks, enhance information sharing, and fortify the banking ecosystem’s resilience. 

The SWIFT Customer Security Controls Framework (CSCF) is a set of mandatory and advisory security controls for SWIFT customers, designed to enhance the security of the global banking community.  
Introduced by SWIFT, this framework is part of their Customer Security Programme (CSP), which was developed in response to the increasing cyber threats in the financial industry. The CSCF specifies a series of security controls that SWIFT customers must implement in their local environments to safeguard against cyber threats, improve information sharing within the community, and provide a more secure and resilient banking ecosystem. Compliance with CSCF is critical for financial institutions using SWIFT services to ensure the secure and reliable processing of financial transactions. 

The SWIFT Customer Security Controls Framework (CSCF) encompasses various requirements, categorized into mandatory and advisory controls. These include:  

  1. Restricting Access: Controls to restrict access to SWIFT systems and data.  
    Secure Architecture: Ensuring a secure architecture for SWIFT-related components.
  2. Managing Identities and Segregation of Duties: Implementing robust identity and access management.
  3. Protecting Confidential Data: Ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of SWIFT data.
  4. Regularly Auditing and Testing: Conducting periodic audits and testing security measures.
  5. Incident Response and Information Sharing: Establishing processes for incident response and sharing information on threats within the SWIFT community. 

Each financial institution using SWIFT services must comply with these controls to maintain the security and integrity of the network. 


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Matt Hathaway serves as TrueFort’s Chief Marketing Officer, leading the global marketing strategy to get TrueFort the recognition it deserves. Matt has extensive knowledge of security users, buyers, and landscape, as well as a track record of building high-performing marketing and product teams. He has over 15 years’ experience in the security market that span fraud prevention, vulnerability management, SIEM, cloud workload protection, data security, endpoint protection, and application security.

Prior to joining TrueFort, Mr. Hathaway was VP of Product Marketing at Imperva, a leader in Application and Data Security, where he led Product, Content, and Technical Marketing, SEO, and Competitive Intelligence. He was also VP of Product Marketing at Carbon Black (acquired by VMware), served in multiple product and marketing roles at Rapid7 (including through its IPO), and held product roles at RSA Security and Uptycs.

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