This month, eShare has been awarded our IS027001 certificate, and are among only one other UK board portal company that has this across their whole business. eShare’s data centres have always had this certification but now the office and rest of the company has achieved this too. The team have worked incredibly hard towards this milestone, and as a result of its excellent systems and processes and use of its own BoardPacks software, eShare was heralded as,
“a benchmark for other companies to aspire to”.
– QMS International, experienced ISO certification accreditors.
What is ISO27001?
ISO 27001 was developed to “provide a model for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving an information security management system”. It is a specification for an information security system and a framework of policies and procedures that includes all legal, physical and technical controls involved in an organisation’s information risk management processes.
Why is security important?
The data shared around the boardroom and amongst members is usually the company’s most sensitive. It would be hugely detrimental if it were to fall into the wrong hands. So keeping your boardroom data secure is key to running a successful business. With the heightened use of storing data in cyberspace there have been headlines almost every month of companies being hacked, the other week it was The Lottery and last month it was Tesco Bank.
Having any kind of information leaked is damaging to every business, and as past research shows it takes 6 months to a year for a company to rebuild its reputation.
Apart from damaging a company’s reputation, it may also damage its bottom line, Computer Weekly study early this year showed that cyber security breaches cost UK firms £34.1bn in the past year. With a whopping two thirds of large companies being hit by a cyber-attack in the past year, being secure in the cyber world isn’t as common as you think. As the world we know evolves, we need to make sure that companies are keeping up to date with new policies and new technology.
eShare’s security values
Many people presume that their board portal company has a security level like ISO 27001 however there are only a fraction that have ISO27001 on their data centre and now only two that have it across their whole company.
The team at eShare have worked incredibly hard to reach this level of security across the whole business, Andrew Watts, Head of Infrastructure at eShare, has been part of the team leading this at the company.
“Once all the policies and procedures were in place and the company as a whole had agreed to work towards setting the security standard we were audited by QMS UK, who were very happy with the way BoardPacks was able to track and set risks, meetings, controls and suggested we have set a new benchmark when it comes to ISO 27001 compliance and controls.
The work carried out by the team at eShare to achieve the ISO 27001 standard was helped greatly by the use of our own software. BoardPacks helped the team achieve the certification by offering a wide range of functions and making sure evidence and accountability were available at every step. From risk planning, risk analysis and to putting security procedures into play, BoardPacks offered the right platform to get the job done.
The whole of the eShare team were thrilled to pass with such high praise and I believe we can now use the knowledge gained from this process to help make the product more secure and add even more functionality.”
We are an innovative board portal company putting our clients at the heart of everything we do, we want to help them understand the risks that they face, but also help them overcome these risks. This is why ISO27001 was so important to us as a company.
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