Bacs changes will affect Payment Services

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

bacs Another date for your diary – June 2016

Changes which are being made by the internet community will affect access to Bacs via the Payment Services Website and Bacstel-IP.

At the same time, BACS are making changes to their own security which will also affect users of their services.

Whilst this may seem a long time away, it is important that action is taken now to prevent interruption to the Bacs services used.

BACS have provided links for users depending on the type of service used:

  • Direct submitter: click here if you submit directly to Bacs.
  • Indirect submitter: click here if a Bacs Approved Bureau submits to Bacs on your behalf.

The following is the guidance taken directly from the BACS website to assist employers.

Direct submitter

Action:

  • Check with your Bacs Approved Software Solutions provider that your Bacstel-IP software currently supports, or will be upgraded to support, SHA-2 SSL certificates and TLS 1.1/1.2 by 13 June 2016
  • If you access the Payment Services website, check with your IT provider that your browser and operating system support these security changes.

These changes are necessary because the internet community is adopting new security certification – called SHA-2 – which will affect the requirements for accessing secure services, like our Payment Services Website.

At the same time, we are withdrawing support for older connection protocols to provide even more protection for the communications pipeline between Bacstel-IP / the Payment Services Website, and you, as the service user. From 13 June 2016 we will only support TLS 1.1 and 1.2.

Your existing smartcard, digital certificate and signing solution will be replaced in due course by your sponsoring bank with new ones which provide a higher level of security around the process that enables you to log on, or sign and submit Bacs files.

In order to ensure you can continue to access our services, we have designed the new system so that your old smart card and signing solution will work until they are replaced. You should check with your Bacs Approved Software Solutions provider if this has any impact on your software.

For details of compatible web browsers, click here.
For more information visit the FAQs section.
Indirect submitter

  • Action:
    If you log on to the Payment Services Website direct, for example to download your own reports, ask your IT provider to ensure you have a browser and operating system which will support SHA-2 SSL certificates and TLS1.1 / 1.2 by 13 June 2016
  • We would also suggest you speak to your bureau to ensure they are aware of the 13 June 2016 deadline to update their browser to one which will support SHA-2 SSL certificates and TLS1.1 / 1.2 by 13 June 2016.

These changes are necessary because the internet community is adopting new security certification – called SHA-2 – which will affect the requirements for accessing secure services, like our Payment Services Website.

At the same time, we are withdrawing support for older connection protocols to provide even more protection for the communications pipeline between the Payment Services Website, and our service users. From 13 June 2016 we will only support TLS 1.1 and 1.2.

If you access our Payment Services Website to download your Bacs reports, you will have either a smartcard or password log in details. Smartcards and signing solution will be replaced in due course by your sponsoring bank with ones which are compatible with these new more sophisticated levels of security; this will give you even more protection when accessing the Payment Services Website. If you access the services using a password, you will be prompted to change your password at the appropriate time. New passwords must be a minimum of eight characters.

In order to ensure you can continue to access our services, we have designed the new system so that your old smartcard and signing solution will work until it is replaced.

For details of compatible web browsers, click here.
For more information visit the FAQs section.

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