Issue Date: 
Monday, January 11, 2016

7 security features when registering on the Central Supplier database    

At the moment the hottest topic in the South African tender environment is the Central Supplier Database (CSD). If you want to do business with the South African Government in the near future you will have to register.

Once you start working on the Central Supplier Database it is noticeable how many security features there are. The database starts of by requesting you to supply a very complicated password. The password must inter alia contain capital letters, numbers as well as special characters. There are a number of other security features but the CSD website list the following seven features that secure 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 an e-mail notification confirming 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 protect the supplier against malicious practices.
  3. The use of a CAPTHA functionality limits 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 will only have secondary privileges, meaning they will not be able to create other users. This 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 thas communication is encrypted and various other additional technical aspects have been implemented to limit other security breaches such as hacking and spam.
  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 you can see the security is comprehensive and complext. Ensure that you are well prepared with all the necessary required info when you start the registering process.

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Service of Gallery Analyser for Breede Valley Municipality’s Laboratory. 2018-08-28 11:00 286703
Supply: Medals 2018-08-27 12:00 GG11900277
Supply Sport equipment 2018-08-27 12:00 GG11900276
Procurement of grade 11 MST camp: Academic and role modeling 2018-09-03 12:00 CS/SCM/COO/MST/R18-19/26
Appointment of an accredited external water testing laboratory for AgriZone for a period of three years. 2018-09-14 11:00 DTP/RFP/11/AGZ/06/2018
Exterior painting at Wellington, Civic Centre 2018-08-30 10:00 BK016 (DIC0025814)
Procurement of grade 8 and 9 MST camp: Academic and role modeling 2018-09-03 12:00 CS/SCM/COO/MST/R18-19/27
The Department of Public Enterprises invites service providers to submit a proposal to assist the Department to manage and render an in-house canteen service. 2018-09-03 11:00 DPE 6/2018-2019
New vinyl floor covering at Soup Kitchen 2018-08-30 10:00 BK015 (DIC0025816)
Civil Engineering Services for the implementation of Rea Vaya Phase 1C Greenstone Bus Terminal for design review and contract administration. 2018-09-14 12:00 JDA/GT001
Supply: 6 each x vibration detection sensor iq2400s5-m12c 2018-08-27 12:00 GD11900208
Precinct Study, Noorder Perel, Paarl 2018-08-23 10:00 DIP0001964
Supply Equipment for metro farmworkers. 2018-08-22 12:00 GG11900273
Supply: Medical supplies 2018-08-22 15:00 GF11900116
Revamping of derelict a cricket wicket at New Orleans Sportsfields 2018-08-30 10:00 DSP0019548
Rewind and Repair both 45kw and 37kw flange mounted motor 2018-08-24 12:00 RFQ NO: 8/3/2- 57/2018
Completion of bus route at Tweefontein - G in Thembisile Hani Local Municipality. 2018-09-14 12:00 3387/17
Supply & replace of 2 x 36000btu split A/C at Mayors Office in Civic Centre, Paarl 2018-08-30 10:00 DIE0014378
Annual service and repairs of standby generators in the Water department at various venues 2018-08-30 10:00 DIC0025810
Holsloot Diversion works: Construction of concrete weir and associated structures. 2018-09-14 12:00 127/2018

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