The objective of this document is to define the procedures required for accessing CDC’s business applications from client premises through their assigned terminal machine(s). The respective clients are requested to strictly follow them in order to get smooth and secure services.
Network Connectivity Channels
Client may connect through the following network connectivity channels:
- Internet (with Static Public IP Address assigned by Internet Service Provider)
- Multinet L2-VPN
Hardware / Software Specifications for CDC Business Applications
In order to achieve maximum security/ performance, the end user must ensure that a dedicated PC with the following recommended configuration must be exclusively used only for CDC applications. No Unnecessary software should be installed.
Minimum Hardware Requirements
|Processor||At least Intel Core i3 Series|
|RAM||Minimum 4 GB or 8 GB|
|Hard Disk||40 GB minimum|
|Peripheral Device||NIC, Keyboard, Mouse, LCD & DVD ROM|
|UPS||Minimum 30 minutes backup power supply is recommended|
|2-Factor Authentication Token||CDC will provide a 2-Factor authentication token to its client(s) to establish secure network connectivity via VPN|
|Operating System||Licensed Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 or as described by CDC|
|Acrobat Reader||Up to date version of Acrobat Reader is recommended|
|Security Software||Licensed version of renowned Endpoint Security Solution that includes Antivirus / Anti-malware and Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS).|
Firefox, Chrome, Internet explorer version Ver 9.0 or above.
|VPN Client||Cisco Anyconnect or as provided by CDC|
Note: The Client must provide appropriate Admin level rights/access to the PC for the installation of the CDS client.
General Instructions and Guidelines
All clients shall practice and follow below instructions and guidelines:
- Ensure that CDS/FMS terminal has reputed End-point Security solution (i.e. antivirus/anti-spyware/anti-malware) installed and operational at all times, keep them up-to-date and run a full system scan at least weekly.
- Keep the terminal’s operating system and security patches up-to-date.
- Do not install any unnecessary software on the terminal as they could possibly be infected with spyware/adware/key logger and can comprise your information security.
- Watch for signs of malicious software – frequent pop-up ads, unexpected icons on your desktop, random error messages or sluggish computer performance are all signs of infection.
- Always use difficult to guess passwords (containing a combination of upper and lower cases and numbers) to access CDS/FMS.
- Use firewalls (if applicable) to isolate your production network from other networks or the internet.
- Turn-on Windows built-in firewall for added protection.
- Operating System of CDS/FMS terminal should be protected with a User ID and Password to avoid un-authorized access.
- Operating System installed on all CDS/FMS terminals must be Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or later or as prescribed above.
(Note: Windows XP is not supported anymore)
- As a precautionary measure, the users should shut down their PCs at day-end or disconnect their VPN when not in use.
- In case of primary connectivity failure, the client should have an alternate internet based DR connectivity.
- Always follow CDC’s instruction(s) for the safety and security of your terminal(s).
Disclaimer: In order to get the best results Central Depository Company (CDC) strongly recommends adhering to its specifications, instructions and guidelines and may not be able to fully support in case of variations/violations.
Protection of CDS Terminal: Licensed version of renowned Antivirus / Antimalware and Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) software is strongly recommended. End user must ensure to keep the antivirus up to date.