Running late for your date with PSD2? We’ve got an app for that

Cara Visser|18 July 2019
Running late for your date with PSD2? We’ve got an app for that

Tick tock, tick tock. September 14 is the go-live date for the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) requirement for strong customer authentication (SCA). With Entersekt’s help, you can still meet the deadline – but hurry, because it’s going to be tight.

With so much hype around the topic of PSD2, it’s hard to believe the results of a recent study by Stripe. It showed that less than half of the 500 businesses surveyed expect to be PSD2 SCA compliant in time!

The requirement mandates all banks, payment service providers and online merchants throughout the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) to apply SCA on remote electronic transactions over 30 euros using two of the following factors: knowledge, possession and inherence. Once in place, the effects will differ greatly from entity to entity:

  • By embracing the change, traditional financial institutions, including banks, will be able to offer innovative new services to consumers and businesses, allowing them to stay relevant in a changing, more competitive market.
  • Other entities will benefit, especially in the short-term, from a reduction in fraud losses and the effects of a superior checkout experience.

Room to move?

In an opinion by the European Banking Authority (EBA), it was made clear that they’d allowed sufficient time for the industry to prepare for the application of SCA since the definition had been set out way back in 2015 when PSD2 was published. It gave clear indications, then already, that existing authentication approaches would need to be phased out.

So, while the EBA has said that it will grant some leeway under exceptional circumstances (and even then, only when an existing SCA implementation plan and reasonable timeline to completion can be demonstrated), the compliance deadline is set in stone for the majority of service providers.

For those that have their SCA plans in place, it’s all systems go, but for those that miss the mark, there will be serious consequences as well as penalties handed down by the EBA – and nobody wants that.

PSD2 strong customer authentication compliance timeline

Entersekt offers SCA lifeline

If you represent a business that has not yet taken any steps towards SCA compliance, or even if you have taken a few steps but aren’t confident you’ll make it in time, the good news is that Entersekt can help.

In mere weeks, we can deliver a branded, single-service authentication app that is tried, tested and proven to be PSD2 SCA compliant, forming a stepping stone to the full banking app-integrated solution that we’ll help you put in place once the urgency of the September deadline has passed.

Our solution ticks all the boxes in terms of the regulatory technical standards laid out by the EBA, and was judged not only compliant, but a “state-of-the-art” solution for PSD2 SCA by Bonn-based Security Research & Consulting. It also provides a truly customer-centric user experience, is flexible enough to adapt to new technology and industry changes as they appear on the horizon, and can provide your business with a clear strategic advantage among other benefits.

PSD2 strong customer authentication deadline

No time to waste

Any tech deployment takes a certain amount of time, effort and collaboration; even more so when it has to do with regulatory compliance. So, with less than two months to go until the clock strikes midnight, we urge you to reach out to us as soon as possible.

One of our representatives will be in touch with you to run you through a personalized assessment, which will help determine the best, most effective way of taking your SCA integration efforts forward.

To read more about our SCA solution for PSD2 compliance, visit entersekt.com/solutions/psd2. Alternatively, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to speak to one of our experts.

About the author

Cara Visser

Cara Visser

Marketing writer and editor

Cara is a high-functioning content strategy and plain language addict whose self-proclaimed purpose in life is to fill the world with good, clean, meaningful content. She loves the challenge of simplifying and translating complex information, especially if there’s something new to learn along the way.

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