Microsoft Introduces Azure Blueprint for SWIFT

Microsoft has announced a new Azure Blueprint specifically for its program to enable SWIFT connectivity in the cloud. Azure Blueprints allow developers to define a repeatable set of Azure resources to implement standards, patterns, and other requirements. Existing Azure Blueprints include compliance for industry standards such as ISO 27001, NIST SP 800-53, PCI-DSS, and others. The SWIFT blueprint comes as part of Microsoft's movement in compliance monitoring and auditing of cloud native payments made in SWIFT environments.

"The new SWIFT blueprint maps Azure built-in policies to CSP's security controls framework, enabling financial service organizations to have agility in creating and monitoring secure and compliant SWIT infrastructure environments," Lily Kim, Azure Global General Manager, commented in a blog post announcement.

SWIFT is a provider of secure financial messaging services. More and more institutions are utilizing the technology across the globe. Its continued adoption makes it a great candidate for Microsoft's automated approach through blueprints. The SWIFT Cloud Connect creates a "bank-like wire transfer experience" with added security and intelligence from Microsoft.

Azure Blueprint includes mapping to a host of functions. Examples include account management, separation of duties, least privilege, remote access, audit review, least functionality, identification and authentication, vulnerability scanning, denial of service, boundary protection, transmission confidentiality, flaw remediation and more. For more information, check out the SWIFT CSP blueprint docs.

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