New digital certificate issued by the TGSS for the RED System: the Silcon Certificate
In order to improve the quality of the service offered to users of the RED System , the Social Security service has decided to create a Certification Body that, effective 25 June 2003, issues its own Digital Certificate, known as the SILCON Certificate, with the same security characteristics as the FNMT-RCM Class 1S CA Digital Certificate issued by the National Mint.
On the same date, the TGSS will cease facilitating the procedure to obtain the FNMT-RCM Class 1S CA Certificate.
This new SILCON Certificate will allow users of the RED System to access the same services currently offered by the FNMT-RCM 1S CA Class Certificate. In other words, users of the RED System using the SILCON Certificate will be able to access Personal Services and RED Services.
Furthermore, using the SILCON Certificate, users of the RED System will enjoy the following advantages:
The TGSS will be the only issuer of the Certificates needed to use the RED System on the Internet, so it will be the only entity that attends to and manages any incidents involving the RED System , and it will not be necessary to go to the FNMT-RCM to solve possible problems with a Digital Certificate.
One application less is needed for the RED System to operate: It is no longer necessary to install the application Entrust Direct Client (Secure Web Software) from the FNMT-RCM. The RedCom communications program will carry out the functions of this software.
Faster delivery: The SILCON Certificate permits communications with the TGSS to be established more rapidly.
When using On-line Affiliation, this is only necessary to have Internet Explorer V5.0 or higher.
Simpler and faster processes for obtaining a SILCON Certificate.
To be able to implement this new Digital Certificate in stages, there will be a period when both Digital Certificates will be valid for carrying out all actions over the RED System. This period will end on 31 August 2003, from which date it will only be possible to access the RED System using a SILCON Certificate.
For the months during which both are valid, users of the RED System in possession of a FNMT-RCM Class 1S CA Digital Certificate may obtain the SILCON Certificate online without having to visit the Provincial Headquarters and Offices of the TGSS. To this end, a new option has been included in the start screen to obtain the certificate.
A procedure for obtaining SILCON Certificates has also been created which explains in detail how to get one. It can be found in the documentation area of the RED System.
If you do not have an FNMT-RCM Class 1S CA Digital Certificate, you can obtain one via the procedure for obtaining a SILCON Certificate in the Virtual Office.
NOTE: Obtaining a SILCON Certificate in no way implies that the FNMT-RCM Class 1S CA Digital Certificate will be revoked or cancelled.
On the other hand, so that users of the RED System can send files using both Digital Certificates while both are valid, a new version of the communications programme RedCom 3.1 has been created, which must be installed by all users on a mandatory basis.