2003/8 of 23 June 2003

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.

 Screen to access the services for which you have been granted authorisation. In this case, the following lists appear: Personal Services, RED System Services and SILCON Certificate Management

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.

A new version of REDCOM (Version 3.1)

A new version of the program RedCom is available for download from the download area of the RED System. It must be downloaded and installed by all users.

This new version permits files to be sent over the RED System using either a SILCON or an FNMT Class 1S CA Digital Certificate. It also includes all the security measures needed to validate SILCON certificates in the same way as the secure web software provided with the FNMT Class 1S CA Digital Certificate.

You are reminded that the deadline for transmissions using an FNMT Class 1S CA Digital Certificate is 31 August 2003. It is therefore obligatory to obtain a SILCON Certificate and version 3.1 of REDCOM before that date.

 

New access to the RED System Online on the Social Security web site.

As of 25 June 2003, in order to improve accessibility to the RED  On-Line System, users will be provided an icon on the home page of the Social Security website that gives them direct access to the services in the virtual office. To do this you just need to click on the direct link.

The image shows the position of the RED System access icon on the side of the Website home page, in the useful links section

The following window will open asking permission to show the next screen and you should click on "Ok" in this window.

  Pop-up screen containing Security Information. This window asks you to confirm that you wish to proceed as the page that you are accessing contains unsecured content. To continue, click “Yes”.

Next, you will asked to approve the installation of software that will handle your SILCON Certificate. You must click "Yes".

  Pop-up screen containing Security Information. This window asks you to approve the installation of a security component required to run these services. To continue, click “Yes”

After this, a screen will appear where you must select the Digital Certificate and enter the password for it. In this window, you must enter both the FNMT-RCM  Class 1S CA Digital Certificate (valid until 31 August 2003) and the SILCON Certificate.

 RED System registration page. Form with 2 fields, the first for the .epf file that corresponds to the user's digital certificate and the second for your password.

After selecting the Digital Certificate and entering the password, you will go to the screen giving access to the services:

Screen to access the services for which you have been granted authorisation. In this case, the following lists appear: Personal Services, RED System Services and SILCON Certificate Management

Features whose implementation is pending.

The changes to Affiliation that were described in RED News Bulletin 2003/07 of 30 May (new field 'Woman returning to work' and new transaction 'Change of occupational category') will go into force on 25 June.

As was announced in the bulletin, for the time being a new version of WinSuite that includes these changes will not be published, so you must be aware of the possible problems described in that bulletin.

Entering periods of inactivity.

In the last few days, various questions have been asked by users about the way to report periods of inactivity that last more than one month for permanent part time contracts. So, we will remind you of the correct way to do it: 

When a period of inactivity starts, you must make a change of contract movement, in which all the information on the worker's employment status at that moment will be entered (type of contract, part-time coefficient, unemployment characteristics/status, degree of disability, etc. -), the Type of inactivity field must be filled in with a value of '1' and the date of the first day of inactivity.

When the period of inactivity ends, another change of contract movement must be made, with all the information on the worker's employment status (type of contract, part-time coefficient, unemployment characteristics/status, degree of disability, etc.), and the Type of inactivity field should be left blank or filled in with a value of '0', and the date of the first day of activity entered.

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