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Lowering costs through PCI-compliant SOA

Lowering costs through PCI-compliant SOA


The Quebec Finance Ministry acts as a central organization that offers advice to the government in the budgetary, fiscal, economic, financial and accounting fields. The Ministry engaged leading systems integrator CGI to convert its application-based payment gateway solution to increase flexibility, maximize security and lower total cost of ownership.


The Business Challenge
CGI’s goal was to deliver a more standards-based solution (with PCI-compliance as the key goal), based on SOA and Web services. However, this would be the first SOA project undertaken by CGI’s Financial Services arm. To make things even more challenging, the project had a six-month timeframe.


The Solution
Layer 7’s SecureSpan Gateway was deployed, allowing CGI to define and enforce security policies at runtime and perform XML schema validation for threat protection. The Gateway was also used to provide an authentication/authorization framework and message-level cryptography, including signature validation and decryption of incoming content.


The Results
Today, over 20 Quebec ministries are taking advantage of the Finance Ministry’s PCI-compliant credit card payment system. Layer 7 has allowed CGI to avoid having to code security requirements into each of the Ministry’s client applications, which has played a significant role in helping CGI meet the project’s timelines.