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ISO Standards for Data Security

ISO Standards for Data Security

Data security is a critical issue for businesses of all sizes. With the increasing prevalence of cyber-attacks and data breaches, companies are under immense pressure to ensure the safety and privacy of their data.

The ISO 27001 standard is an internationally recognized, information security management system (ISMS) standard that provides a framework for managing and protecting sensitive information. Operating under ISO standards means that a company has established a set of best practices for information security. Companies can demonstrate that they protect data confidentiality, by restricting the right to access data and information, and data integrity, by restricting the right to change the data and information. Having the ISO 27001 certificate shows that the company has been independently audited to ensure compliance with those standards. It covers everything from risk assessment to incident management and requires regular auditing.

It is not enough for just your datacentre to be ISO certified; the business using the datacentre also needs to be ISO certified because they are handling your data too – think support desks and so on. Businesses that use datacentres need to have their own ISO certification, which shows that they have implemented the same standards and best practices for information security within their own operations. Without this certification and the strict working practices required to maintain it, there is no way to guarantee that the data is being protected to the same level as the datacentre.

It is essential for businesses to conduct their own due diligence before entrusting their data to a software vendor. When selecting a new software provider, it is crucial to conduct a thorough assessment of the safety and privacy of the data you are responsible for as data controller or primary data processor. This includes asking the software vendor about their security policies and requesting supporting documentation. It is surprising how many large software vendors do not want to answer questions before being selected, assuming that their name or the certification of the datacentre, is enough to make the sale.

At SSLPost, we are specialists in encryption technology, and our focus is to enable secure electronic delivery of business documentation in a cost-effective, user-friendly, and environmentally responsible manner. We understand the importance of data security and the need for businesses to operate under ISO standards. That’s why we are proud to hold ISO 27001 certification, ensuring that our clients can trust us with their sensitive information.

In conclusion, whilst datacentre ISO practices are a crucial first step, they are not enough on their own. It is necessary for businesses to possess their own ISO certification, be aware of how this impacts their daily workflow, adhere to the standards and operate within the policies, procedures and processes.

By far the greatest threat to the security of data, is human error. Whilst you cannot ever guarantee that this will never occur in your business, you can ensure that risk mitigation procedures are in play to reduce that possibility to a minimal level.

It is essential to conduct due diligence before selecting a software provider and to ask questions about their security policies and practices. At SSLPost, we take data security seriously and are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of protection for their sensitive information.

Contact us to find out how we can help support your “appropriate technical measures” by strengthening your mitigation solutions.

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