EMVCo certification

SRC’s ITSEF laboratory receives extended EMVCo certi­fi­cation

SRC’s certified Common Criteria security laboratory has recently been enriched by another EMVCo certi­fi­cation. The SRC laboratory has long been approved by the German Federal Office for Infor­mation Security (BSI) for the evalu­ation of hardware and software evalu­a­tions for smart cards and similar devices. After SRC has now success­fully evaluated chip hardware of a well-known and also EMVCo certified manufac­turer, EMVCo confirmed the certi­fi­cation of the SRC security laboratory as EMVCo Security Evalu­ation IC laboratory, which is now also listed as such on the EMVCo website, following a review of the latest findings provided within the scope of an IC security evalu­ation project.

Further infor­mation on the certi­fi­ca­tions for SRC by EMVCo can be found here.

NextGenPSD2

SRC GmbH hosts the NextGenPSD2 Conference 2017 in Berlin

The NextGenPSD2 standard of the Berlin Group

In the context of the six-week public market consul­tation of the Berlin Group on its NextGenPSD2 standard for account access “Access to Accounts” (XS2A), which enables third parties to access payment accounts within the framework of the provi­sions of the revised EU directive for payment services (PSD2), SRC GmbH is also hosting a NextGenPSD2 conference. This will take place on October 25, 2017 in Deutsche Bank’s Atrium in Berlin. The conference offers a detailed program that shows how NextGenPSD2 builds a bridge into the banking system and reduces the complexity of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and the require­ments for access to accounts (XS2A). It also highlights how Third Party Payment Service Providers (TPPs) can provide innov­ative solutions for customers using modern appli­cation programming inter­faces (APIs) for secure access to bank accounts.

Change in payment trans­ac­tions

The conference offers experi­enced specialists, devel­opers, FinTechs, banks, processors and other experts involved in the PSD2 standard an excellent oppor­tunity to learn in detail how NextGenPSD2 will change daily payment trans­ac­tions in the coming years. A variety of policy insiders, experts and stake­holders will provide infor­mation on the background, goals and details of the open and collab­o­rative NextGenPSD2 XS2A API standard. Accord­ingly, the meeting offers a great oppor­tunity for a compre­hensive expla­nation of the topic and to clarify open questions. The conference will also be honoured with an insightful keynote opening speech by the European Central Bank and offers several panel discus­sions with banks, regulators, FinTechs and consumer organ­i­sa­tions.

Networking in Microsoft Lounge and Digital Eatery

The conference also offers excep­tional networking oppor­tu­nities: On the evening of 24 October 2017 (from 6 p.m.), the Microsoft Lounge and Digital Eatery will open their doors to the partic­i­pants and provide access to a get-together event with delicious cuisine and refreshing drinks at no extra cost.

SRC supports people with a handicap as part of hardware delivery

SRC has been cooper­ating with alster­arbeit in Hamburg for more than two months now. People with handicaps are working on orders for the individual assembly of computer hardware. As a result, they are able to partic­ipate in working life and experience personal profes­sional realization.

The alster­arbeit gGmbH in Hamburg

In 2000, alster­arbeit gGmbH merged from the Alsterdorf workshops and the daycare facil­ities to form the employment agency alster­arbeit. In 2005 the company was trans­formed into today’s alster­arbeit gemein­nützige GmbH. Its aim: to offer people with disabil­ities employment in line with their wishes, abilities and skills. In this way, these fellow human beings can partic­ipate fully in profes­sional life.

IT manufac­turing at alster­arbeit-it

alsterkontec is the production site for packaging, assembly and technology of alster­arbeit in Hamburg. Besides a wide range of different services, alsterkontec also offers the area of IT manufac­turing, the alster­arbeit-it.
It is a manufac­turer of high-quality and reliable IT hardware. In addition to the production of PAOLA computers, which are certified according to DIN ISO 9001:2008, the IT teams also handle the finishing and individual config­u­ration of notebooks from well-known manufac­turers such as DELL and LENOVO.

SRC employee recom­mends alster­arbeit gGmbH

The cooper­ation with alster­arbeit gGmbH resulted from a private recom­men­dation from the SRC staff. When the SRC management was made aware of the impec­cable work of the people employed at alster­arbeit gGmbH, they decided without hesitation to order and receive notebooks via alster­arbeit-it in the future in order to support the chari­table work of the gGmbH and of course to support the people with handicaps working there.
There is no quality deviation from classic suppliers and dealers, whether in hardware or delivery processing — quite the contrary. The hardware supplied to SRC by alster­arbeit-it is charac­terized by relia­bility and high quality. This is due to the fact that the IT teams of alster­arbeit-it not only have highly motivated and excel­lently super­vised employees but also specialists for sales and project management and that they support their customers with know-how and flexi­bility in the planning and imple­men­tation of their projects. Should there be any problems with the hardware, the alster­arbeit-it tech center in Bad Oldesloe, 30 minutes by car from Hamburg, quickly provides profes­sional help through the experi­enced service team.

For more infor­mation about the work of alster­arbeit gGmbH, please visit the website of alster­arbeit gGmbH and its IT manufac­turing division.

Bezahlen 2025

Paying in 2025 — Scenarios for the future of payment systems in Germany

A study by SRC Security Research & Consulting GmbH with profes­sional support from Z_punkt The Foresight Company and Fraun­hofer INT (orig. “Bezahlen 2025 — Szenarien zur Zukunft der Zahlungssysteme in Deutschland).

Instant payments, the digiti­sation of shopping, stricter regulation, payment releases — and account infor­mation services — it is already clear today that these issues will have a major impact on the world of payment in the future. How exactly these factors are designed and used, however, depends decisively on drivers whose influence can be predicted much less reliably:

How strong are the Fintechs? What role do the Internet giants want to play? Do customers accept new payment methods? What authen­ti­cation methods are available? What about the willingness to cooperate within the banking industry?

The study “Paying in 2025 — Scenarios for the future of payment systems in Germany” therefore does not predict the “one” true future. Rather, an expert survey and several rounds of experts identified those factors that will probably have the greatest impact on the future of payment in the next decade.
Building on this, various consistent future scenarios have been developed that help to form a concrete picture of what payment could look like in ten years’ time. The aim of the study is to provide decision-makers in payment trans­ac­tions with support in analysing the oppor­tu­nities and challenges of the future payment trans­ac­tions landscape.

Download the SRC study “Paying in 2025”

The website of Z_punkt The Foresight Company and Fraun­hofer Institut for Scien­tific and Technical Trend Analyses INT can be reached via z‑punkt.de or int.fraunhofer.de