KeepITsafe receives ISO 27001 certification

13 Apr 2010

Online backup provider KeepITsafe has been awarded an ISO 27001 certification.

The certification, which was awarded following a tough auditing process conducted by Certification Europe, means KeepITsafe has been independently certified and awarded the internationally recognised highest security standard.

The company is the second Irish data centre and hosting provider to achieve the standard. Last year Data Electronics was certified to ISO/IEC 27001 for its two data centres following an audit by the BSI Group, the UK’s national standards body.

ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards. Specifically, the ISO 27001 standard is a globally recognised information security management system (ISMS) standard. ISO 27001 specifies the requirements and processes to enable a business to establish, implement, review, monitor, manage and maintain effective information security.

Commenting on KeepITsafe securing the ISO 27001 certification, the technical director of KeepITsafe Jonathan Crowe said: “KeepITsafe’s business is to provide a secure online backup service to customers that is fully managed and fully monitored. This certification reiterates the lengths KeepITsafe will go to in making sure that all compliances and security measures are met. We are very proud to have achieved this certification and become the most secure and certified Irish-owned online backup company.

“As businesses grow, so, too, does data. We recognised the importance of gaining this certification to ensure that security, confidentiality and reliability for our clients is maintained and continually improved,” he added.

Data loss loomed large in 2009

Crowe pointed to 2009 as having been a rocky year for data loss stories and security violations, noting that companies in the data backup space need to do everything in their power to make sure that customers’ data is secure to the highest measures.

“Businesses must take greater responsibility for the information they hold. There have been far too many incidents of lost or compromised client information,” added Michael Brophy, CEO of Certification Europe.

“It is critical that more organisations follow the lead of companies like KeepITsafe and prove to the public that they are a secure organisation to do business with. Clients and employees have a right to expect that their sensitive and private information will be protected, unfortunately, too many organisations fall far short of the standards set out in ISO 27001.”

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