Bacs Technology

Bacs Payments Technology

  • Smart Cards enable Bacstel-IP users to authenticate their connection to Bacs before sending their payments data. A Smart Card is issued to a named individual who is responsible for its use and security.
  • A Hardware Security Module (HSM) stores the same security data as a Smart Card but is accessible only to the software and does not require a person to manually authenticate it. When processing frequent or large volumes of Bacs files, the automation of authorisation saves a considerable amount of time.
  • For Bacstel-IP and Secure-IP submissions, you can connect to Bacs via dial-up internet, broadband internet or broadband Bacs extranet (a dedicated line and router for which Bacs will provide a service level agreement).
  • With Bacstel-IP and Secure-IP, data sent to Bacs is submitted in a format called Standard-18, and this is wrapped up in XML. Reports from Bacs are provided in two formats; XML, for analysing and processing, and HTML, for viewing on screen and printing.

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Crediting and debiting building society accounts

  • There are now very few Building Societies which allow Building Society accounts with just Roll numbers (older accounts) to receive Bacs Direct Credits.
  • The usual procedure for these accounts is to send the Bacs Direct Credits to a "Head Office Collection Account" maintained by the Building Society with one of the Bacs Member Banks and include the roll number in a reference field for Direct Credits.
  • The Crediting and Debiting Building Society Accounts guide and similar user guides are available to businesses who have access to the Subscriber Library section on the Bacs website.

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  • Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) is a US federal law aimed at ensuring that businesses are totally transparent in their financial reporting - effectively making it more difficult to commit fraud at corporate level.
  • There is no such thing as a SOX-compliant piece of software - the business itself must be compliant. 
  • However, Albany's software aims to meet the SOX regulations for reporting, audit trails and fraud.
  • This regulation effectively adds an extra layer of security to guard against unusual transactions.

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Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)

  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) enables the secure exchange of information amongst individuals and computer systems.
  • PKI is the security infrastructure or process utilised to securely transmit data.  It is the system used for the creation, storage and distribution of digital certificates.
  • A digital certificate is an electronic document that is transmitted together with the data and verifies the identity of the sender and recipient via an associated digital signature.
  • The digital signature is the key to lock and unlock the digital certificate and to access the confidential data being sent or received. It contains a set of mathematically-related, unique cryptographic keys for the encryption and decryption of data and authenticates the source and validity of the message.
  • Digital signatures are now acceptable in a court of law.

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