Interswitch East Africa (K) attains PCI PIN certification to enhance card security

Interswitch East Africa (K) has announced that it is the first company in East Africa to attain the PCI PIN Security Certification. This is another first for Interswitch East Africa Kenya, which became the first company to be certified with the prestigious PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) Certification in 2014, then under the Paynet brand.

The global move towards card and online transactions is bringing to the fore the need to maintain strict security standards in payment transactions. The entire payment chain, from the cardholder, to the issuer (bank) right through to the merchant (acquirer) relies on the highest levels of security to ensure confidence of protection in card and online payments.

The Personal Identification Number (PIN) is a Cardholder Verification Method that is used to verify the cardholder at the point of transaction. Ensuring the confidentiality of cardholder PINs throughout the payment processing cycle requires adherence to a set of globally recognized security requirements. Such protection requires the implementation of specific controls to assure that the intended level of security is achieved by all participants in the payment process.

Commenting on the certification, Bernard Matthewman, Interswitch East Africa (K) CEO, said. ‘Attainment of PCI PIN Security certification is an assurance that customers’ confidentiality of PIN is safeguarded. This assurance applies to customers of all institutions that use Interswitch for payments processing.’ Currently, Interswitch undertakes payments processing for over 40 per cent of the financial institutions in East Africa who have outsourced debit and credit card issuance, electronic financial transaction switching, ATM management and other financial services. This number is expected to grow in 2016.

Since being founded in 2002, Interswitch has grown rapidly and consistently, resulting in a current transaction volume of over 350 million transactions per month and more than US $32 billion a year across its platforms. Interswitch Group is a Pan-African Electronic payments company the runs one of Africa’s leading payment card brands, ‘Verve’ and largest online payment portals. It is one ofthe first companies to attain CMMI level 3 ratings. The e-commerce industry market leader recorded revenue growth of 1,226 per cent in the last five years and is ranked the fastest growing tech company in Africa according to Deloitte.


Interswitch is an Africa-focused integrated electronic payments and commerce company that facilitates the electronic circulation of money as well as the exchange of value between individuals and organizations on a timely and consistent basis.

The company started operations in 2002 as a transaction switching and electronic payments processing company that builds and manages payment infrastructure as well as delivering innovative payment products and transactional services throughout the African continent. It provides technology integration, advisory services, and payment infrastructure to governments, banks and corporate organizations. We process transactions from various channels namely: ATMs, mobile, PoS, online (web) and IVR.

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