We are pleased to announce that HSO Innovation has gained the ISO 27001 certification and that our clients can be assured that we are operating in accordance with the latest standards for data and information security. ISO 27001 is the internationally recognized Information Security Management standard that proves an organization’s commitment to the security of its customer and employee information.

Due to, for example, the implementation of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applicable across Europe, laws and regulations regarding personal data protection have been taken up a level. For companies handling confidential data, it has become more and more important to be able to prove compliance with these laws and regulations. HSO Innovation has frequent access to confidential customer data, so it is important for customers to know that HSO Innovation is handling such information with due care.

Data and information security is a top priority for companies and for that reason, we decided to improve our internal organization, process and employee policies. Topics related to data processing, data access and possible scenarios were analyzed and ‘what if’ questions were considered at a granular level. For instance, what are the consequences if a laptop containing confidential customer data is stolen, who at HSO Innovation can have authority to log in on behalf of customers or how secure is our data in cloud applications?

Consisting of 114 separate controls, the ISO 27001 standard places an emphasis on identifying and managing risks as an ongoing process. The certification was achieved following an assessment of our policies, interviewing key staff including the Managing Director, and randomly sampling evidence from our Information Security Management System. The combination of these activities provided a clear demonstration of the ISO auditor that our working practices match policy and processes. The project was sponsored from the highest levels of management, and engaged staff across the business.

With ISO 27001 in place, HSO Innovation strengthens its credibility in the market as well as adding further value to its existing customer relationships.