Issue Date: 
Monday, January 11, 2016

7 security features when registering on the Central Supplier database    

One of the hottest topics in the South African tender environment is the Central Supplier Database (CSD). If you want to do business with the South African Government you must be registered on the Central supplier Database.

Once you start registering on the Central Supplier Database (CSD) it is noticeable how many security features there are. The database starts of by requesting you to supply a very high level password. The password must inter alia contain capital letters, numbers as well as special characters. There are numerous other security features but the CSD website list the following seven features that address identity proofing:

1.    When registering on the CSD, not only is the email address confirmed but also a One Time Pin (OTP) sent as an SMS to the cell phone number provided when registering. This is called an 'Out of Band' method of adding an                     additional layer of identity proofing.
2.    When a new bank account is added or any existing bank accounts edited, an OTP will be sent to the supplier's preferred contact as well as a notification e-mail informing the preferred contact that changes were made to the                       supplier's banking information. Email notifications are also sent when changes are submitted. Both of these are implemented to endeavour to protect the supplier against malicious practices.
3.    The use of a CAPTHA functionality limit robots and crawlers to access certain areas of the CSD application.
4.    The CSD furthermore implemented role based access control per user per supplier and thus only the supplier's user(s) have access to the supplier information. The CSD does not have an administrative module and thus no single             user can be a CSD administrator and access supplier information using the application.
5.    All passwords are encrypted on the CSD database. Any additional users the main user creates only have secondary privileges which means those additional users are not able to create other users which ensures that control                     remains with the main user.
6.    The communication channel between the CSD servers and the client's browser implements SSL security which means the communication is encrypted and various other additional technical aspects have been implemented to limit           other security breaches such as hacking.
7.    The Supplier Summary Registration report can only be accessed by other users if you decide to share both your supplier number and security code with them.

 As one can see the security is comprehensive. Ensure that you are well prepared when you start the registering process.

Should you need any assistance herein or if you want to learn more about tenders and how to respond to tenders successfully you can visit our website www.how2tender.com or contact us at werner@how2tender.com

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Request for sector development and implementation plan to support sustainable veterinary pharmaceutical industry development in South Africa 2019-03-11 12:00 T02/02/19
Department of Science and Technology: Appointment of a service provider to pilot Bio-cultural Community Protocol in Mpumalanga Province 2019-03-04 13:00 RFQ-0000063
Invitation for project tenders (Phase 1): The Uniting Reformed Church Atteridgeville - Alterations and additions to existing church buildings on Erf 1088 no. 19 Matseke Street 2019-03-12 12:00 No reference supplied
Insurance for Msukaligwa Local Municipality for a period of three (3) years. 2019-03-18 11:00 8/3 27/2018
Maintenance of highmast lights: as and when required for the period ending 30 June 2019. 2019-03-18 11:00 8/3 26/2018
Repairing of open kiosk/mini-sub/ pole mounted transformers: as and when required for the period ending 30 June 2019. 2019-03-18 11:00 8/3 25/2018
Service provider that specializes on 11kv substation protection scheme for the following substations: 11kv main substation_13 panels Wesselton main substation_7 panels Kwazanele main substation_4 panels Breyten main_3 panels 2019-03-18 11:00 8/3 24/2018
Repairs and servicing of emergency vehicles in the municipal fire and rescue fleet for a period of three (3) years commencing 1 February 2019 to 28 February 2022. 2019-03-18 11:00 8/3 23/2018
Replacement of copper overhead lines: as and when required for the period ending 30 June 2019. 2019-03-13 11:00 8/3 22/2018
Provision of an electronic document management system at GMM for 36 months 2019-03-15 12:00 8/3/1-05/2019
Upgrading of the Rooikoppen Sewer 2019-03-08 12:00 DTS 11/2018/2019
Supply, delivery of material to site, installation and commissioning of energy efficient lighting for high masts within Lekwa Local Municipality 2019-03-08 12:00 DTS 10/2018/2019
Construction of Workshop at Jouberton Campus 2019-03-01 11:00 No reference number
Department of Science and Technology Illumination Assessment 2018-2019 2019-03-04 13:00 RFQ-0000062
Provision of security services 2019-02-28 12:30 08/2/16/57
Panel of two (2) Service providers for Supply and delivery of protective clothing for a period of 36 months(as and when required) 2019-03-01 11:00 LNM071/2018/19
Printing and folding of municipal monthly statements for a period of 36 months 2019-03-01 11:00 LNM067/2018/19
Supply and delivery of ICT equipment 2019-02-26 11:00 LNM050/2018/19
Professional Service provider for licensing of municipal borrow Pits 2019-02-26 11:00 LNM056/2018/19
Professional Service provider for review of environment management plan 2019-02-26 11:00 LNM055/2018/19

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