Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Security features when registering on the Central Supplier database

By Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

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 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.

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Supply and deliver 90 000 corrugated carton boxes (grade cc) and 90 000 corrugated inner pads (grade cc) 2021-02-19 11:00 B/ WCED 2899/ 20
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Terms of reference of the technical data assistant for the African Union Governance Campus Project 2021-02-11 11:00 APRM/018/SIDA/DAGC/2021
Provision for Career Guidance Coordination Services 2021-01-29 13:00 EWSETA/RFQ/92/2020
Appointment of a Service Provider For Procurement Of An Audit Management Software 2021-01-29 11:00 SD15/ 2020
Appointment of a Service Provider To Supply, Deliver, Install And Maintain Generators To Various Ditsong Museums Of South Africa 2021-02-12 11:00 DMSA 014/ 2020
Appointment of a Panel of Arts, Cultural And Heritage Practitioners To Develop and Implement Arts, Cultural and Heritage Activities (Public Programmes) At Ditsong Museums Of South Africa for A Period Of 36 Months (Three Years 2021-02-12 11:00 DMSA 001/ 2020
Appointment of a Suitable, Qualified and Competent Service Provider (Buyer) to Manage The Design, Manufacturing and Production of Retail-Ready Merchandise For Dmsa Museum Shops 2021-02-12 11:00 DMSA 010/ 2020
Appointment of an Experienced Ict Accredited Service Provider To Make Provision For Servers, Migration of Data (To O365), Data Backups, Datacentre Controls, Email Hosting, Hosted Pabx and Email Archiving For Ditsong Museums of South Africa (DMSA) 2021-02-12 11:00 DMSA 009/ 2020
Disposable Face Masks 2021-02-19 11:00 0010444247
Rendering of A Cremation and Burial Service Of Pauper and Destitute Decedents For Western Cape Government: Department of Health For a Period Of Three (3) Years 2021-02-19 11:00 WCGHSC 0246/ 2020
Limited (Sanral) Invites Tenders For The Reseal And Overlay On National Route N4 Section 11 And 12 Between Rebecca Street (Km 10.0) And Pelindaba (Km 11.29). 2021-02-19 11:00 SANRAL N.004- 112- 2017/ 1R
Appointment of a panel of training providers for provision of training, skills development programmes for in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town for a period of three (3) years 2021-02-19 11:00 PO 2020/ 21: 001
Supply, install and configure a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) and a Unified Threat Management (UTM) End to End Managed Service to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) for a period of thirty-six (36) months 2021-02-12 11:00 RFB 2348/ 2020
Appointment of a Service Provider to conduct anti - corruption survey in Local Government for 97 Municipalities. 2021-02-12 11:00 RFP: 003/ 01/ 2021
Appointment of a Service Provider for a Provision of Employee Wellness Services programme to the Special Investigating Unit (“SIU”) for a period of three years (3) with an option to renew for a further period of two (02) years 2021-02-12 11:00 RFP: 002/ 01/ 2021
Panel Of Recruitment Agency 2021-02-12 12:00 SAT 186/ 21
Appointment of a Service Provider for the Provision Of Customised All-Risk Commercial Insurance Services At South African Tourism (Sat) Head Offices In 90 Protes Road, Chislehurston, Sandton for a period of thirty-six (36) months 2021-02-15 12:00 SAT188/ 20
The South African Social Security Agency hereby invites Service Providers for the change management capability 2021-02-12 11:00 SASSA: 55- 20- CEO- HO
South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) currently want to invite a firms of attorneys to submit proposals to enable them to be considered in the process of appointment of the SACAA panel of attorneys 2021-02-12 11:00 SACAA/ PA/ 0005/ 2020- 2021

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