ISOeSubmSM / UNIRA PGP

ISOeSubmSM and UNIRA PGP are electronic options for reporting ISO statistical data submissions to ISO and receiving Submission Analysis Reports (SARs) from ISO. There is no charge for using electronic options.

To ensure the privacy of the information being transferred, ISOeSubm uses Axway SecureTransport while UNIRA PGP uses McAfee® E-Business Server (EBS), which provides encryption to protect confidential information — while stored and in transit.

ISOeSubm and UNIRA PGP support all types of ISO data submissions prepared according to the reporting instructions of the following ISO statistical plans:

  • Commercial Statistical Plans (CSP, CSP+, CSPi, CSAP)
  • Personal Lines Statistical Plan/Personal Lines Statistical Agent Plan (Other than Automobile) (PLSP(OTA), PLSAP(OTA))
  • Personal Automobile Statistical Plan/Personal Lines Statistical Agent Plan (Auto) (PASP, PLSAP (Auto))
  • In addition, electronic options are available for Texas Commercial Lines Statistical Plan (TCLSP)
  • Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) — no SAR return supported for UNIRA PGP.

To use electronic options, you can choose from the following:

  • Send your submissions through ISOeSubm or UNIRA PGP and continue to receive your SARs on paper.
  • Send your submission on CD-ROM, through the mail and receive your SARs electronically. You can use ISOeSubm or UNIRA PGP to expedite transmission of both submission(s) and SARs. Although we offer CD-ROM as an option, ISO's preference is electronic submission using ISOeSubmSM or UNIRA PGPSM.

If you choose to receive SARs electronically, you will no longer receive paper copies of your SARs. Instead, the ISOeSubm or UNIRA PGP systems will automatically transfer your SARs from the ISO mainframe system to your account mailbox in the OUT subfolder.  Each SAR will remain in your mailbox for two months before being automatically deleted.

Please note: You cannot request that SARs for certain statistical plans to be returned through ISOeSubm or UNIRA PGP and others returned through the mail. For TCLSP submissions, you can choose to receive your SARs electronically or on paper, regardless of how you choose to receive SARs for ISO statistical plan submissions.

File Transfer Process
For each ISOeSubm or UNIRA PGP subscriber, ISO establishes an account mailbox on our server. Only you will be able to access this mailbox using your ISO-assigned User ID and password. Upon receipt of your submission(s), the system will place an acknowledgment receipt in your account mailbox.

For the differences between ISOeSubm and UNIRA PGP Systems, read ISOSubm vs UNIRA PGP.

ISOeSubmSM

Connection Options
There are two options for connecting to ISO's ISOeSubm server:

  1. Standard browser, such as Microsoft® Explorer (There is no charge for this option.)
  2. Windows®-based Axway software package — This option provides features for creating profiles and setting preferences to expedite your connection and offers the flexibility of sending multiple files at a time and scheduling transfers during nonpeak hours. (You can purchase this software through ISO for a one-time charge of $400 per copy.)

Technical Requirements for ISOeSubm
ISOeSubmSM requires the use of a personal computer with an Internet connection. To ensure optimal performance, we suggest a high-speed connection.

If using the browser option, your browser must support 128-bit encryption. You can check this by selecting Help and About from your browser menu bar. Check the Cipher Strength specification shown. If the specification reads 128-bit, your browser will support ISOeSubm. If the Cipher Strength is less than 128-bit, you are likely using an older version of the browser and will need to upgrade to be able to use ISOeSubm.

To use the Axway Windows client software, the following minimum hardware and software requirements apply:

Hardware

  • 233 MHz (or faster) Pentium-compatible processor
  • 64 MB RAM (or higher)
  • 20 MB of free hard disk space

Operating System

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Windows 2000 Professional/Server
  • Windows 2003 SE
  • Windows Me
  • Windows NT

Both options require some hard drive space on your PC to store your submissions, if only temporarily. The amount of space required depends on the size of your files and how you choose to integrate ISOeSubm into your workflow.

To submit files to ISO using ISOeSubm, you must individually compress all files, regardless of size, using a PKZIP MVS 5.0 or newer compatible compression utility. This requirement allows ISO to offer ISOeSubm as a data-reporting option to nearly all statistical reporting companies regardless of size and ensures the speedy transfer of data.

Related Circulars

NEW  INTERNET  OPTION FOR STATISTICAL DATA REPORTING

INTRODUCED -- ISOeSubm

SD-AL-2003-013

09/26/2003

 ELECTRONIC  RETURN  OF  SUBMISSION  ANALYSIS  REPORTS  AVAILABLE VIA ISOeSubm

SD-AL-2005-004

02/02/2005

ISO EXTENDS ISOeSubm SERVICE TO TEXAS COMMERCIAL LINES STATISTICAL PLAN (TCLSP) DATA

SD-AL-2005-016

12/07/2005

     

Ordering Information

If you are interested in subscribing to ISOeSubm, please complete the order form and mail or fax it to the ISO Customer Support Center. You will receive an e-mail confirming your request(s) and providing all the information you need to get started.

ISOeSubm Order Form

ISOeSubm Order Form for SFAA

Persons to Contact If you have any questions regarding ISOeSubm or would like to see a sample electronic SAR, please contact Cathy Bogerman at 201-469-2282, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

UNIRA PGP

Since PGP can be executed on different platforms, your company should already know the encryption and decryption processes before signing up for the UNIRA PGP System.

Technical Requirements and PGP Customer Requirements
Your company should have an encryption process in place and know how to transfer files using any FTP client.

To set up the process for sending data to and receiving data from ISO through the UNIRA PGP System, the following steps are necessary:

  1. Fax the UNIRA PGP Enrollment Form to the ISO Customer Support Center at (201) 748-1472.
  1. ISO will set your company up with a UNIRA PGP account, which will allow you to send your files to and receive from ISO.
    Your company's user ID is: UNIRAPxxxx.
    To get your password, you must call the ISO Customer Support Center at 1-800-888-4476.  
  1. ISO will e-mail you with ISO's encryption key to be used for sending your data to the UNIRA PGP System.
  1. The testing URL is:  FTP.ACCP-ISO.COM
    The production URL is: FTP.ISO.COM
  2. The file naming convention you will use for input is: "your_file_name.PGP"
    • The original input file for encryption must be in .txt format, not .zip.
    • The data file must be an encrypted compressed file.
    • When encrypting an ASCII text submission file, the TEXTMODE option must be set to YES (for example: add a "-t" or "—textmode").
    • The file name must be either in all upper case or all lower case letters, but not mixed cases.
    • The file name cannot have any spaces between the characters. Be careful with special characters.
    • Before encryption, the file name cannot contain 'pgp' anywhere.
    • The encrypted file must have a .pgp extension or our script will not pick up the file for decryption.
    • To be processed, you need to place the input file(s) in the "IN" subdirectory.
    • TL record must be the first record in the data file.
    • SC records must be included in the data file (for non TCLSP submissions).
  3. The name of the receipt file you will receive in the "IN" directory of your mailbox is:
    receipt-Date-Time.ReceiptID.txt
  1. If you want to receive an electronic return for SARs from UNIRA PGP System, you will need to provide your Public Encryption Key by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  1. You will receive your SARs in the "OUT" directory of your mailbox.

    SARs will be named:
    ISO47.SAR.REPORTS.JOBID.pgp

    JOBID is a unique name that is generated by our internal System.

    The name of the receipt file you will receive for output is:
    encrypt_receipt-Date-Time.ReceiptID.txt 


Customer
File Transfer Requirements:

  • PGP compression should be turned "on."
  • Public Key Length of 1024 bits.
  • Acceptable Ciphers:  minimum of 128-bit cipher keys.
  • AES
  • DES
  • 3 DES
  • CAST
  • IDEA

PGP may be used with Native FTP, not secure FTP, on Port 21 or with SFTP using SSH (secure shell) on Port 22.

If you want to use SFTP, you need to provide us with your external IP address so that we can open our external firewall for SFTP communication.

Persons to Contact
For questions concerning UNIRA PGP account setup and SAR returns, please contact Winnell Turpin at 201-469-2271, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Related Circular

ISO INTRODUCES NEW OPTION FOR STATISTICAL DATA REPORTING - UNIRA PGP

SD-AL-2009-020

10/28/2009

Order Information
If you are interested in subscribing to UNIRA PGP, please complete the order form and mail or fax it to the ISO Customer Support Center. You will receive an e-mail confirming your request(s) and providing all the information you need to get started.