Protecting customer data and confidentiality is critical

Protecting customer data and confidentiality is critical

Protecting customer data and confidentiality is critical says Reliance High-Tech

Accreditation ISO 27001 demonstrates robust information security management

With the risk of potentially catastrophic data breaches now at the top of the corporate agenda Reliance High Tech has again demonstrated its commitment to the highest standards of information security with its latest accreditation to ISO 27001 for the full Reliance Protect operation.

The accreditation is one of several demanding quality and information security management benchmarks which the company operates to, demonstrating its commitment to protecting client data and confidentiality.

“Organisations are increasingly aware of the serious consequences that can result from data breaches,” says Andy Schofield, Reliance High-Tech’s Director of Technology. “Apart from the direct impact of criminal activity, with stolen data being exploited, failure to protect data adequately can have catastrophic impact on public confidence. It only takes one breach to cause untold damage.”

The ISO 27001 standard demonstrates that confidential information is kept secure, that it is managed efficiently and that vulnerabilities are highlighted and addressed.

Among other requirements is a duty for all employees to report any potential lapses that they are aware of, from simple bad practice such as leaving passwords visible, to more fundamental systems weaknesses that they spot.

“Training and engagement by members of staff at every level is essential to creating a culture where information is seen as important and something that must be protected,” says Andy Schofield.

Reliance High Tech not only passed this latest independent assessment first time, remarkably it scored a clean sweep on all metrics, with no areas of concern identified by the assessors.

“As security providers we know that we have a great responsibility in handling the sensitive customer information that we have access to. We are aware of the threats to data security and ISO 27001 proves that we have the systems in place to guard against them,” says Terry Sallas Managing Director of Reliance High Tech

“The real significance of this achievement is that it embeds the notion of continuous evaluation and improvement in our culture,” Terry Sallas adds. “The effort to achieve the ISO 27001 is high, but going beyond that, we are actively challenging our own data security practices on a daily basis which is why this latest re-assessment was so successful.”

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