We recently announced that our German data center and office in Frankfurt received ISO 27001 certification.
This is just the latest of many ISO 27001 accredited CenturyLink facilities around the world – including in London and Singapore – and it’s certification is central for businesses relying on it to secure, store and manage their data. Here’s why:
IT underpins and supports almost every aspect of a business these days. The volume and value of data used in everyday business increasingly informs how organizations operate and how successful they are. ISO 27001, quite simply, helps protect this information.
The 27000 family of standards, created and overseen by the International Organization for Standardization, offers a set of specifications, codes of conduct and best-practice guidelines to ensure strong IT service management.
ISO 27001 is a technology-neutral, vendor-neutral information management standard that offers the prescription for the features of an effective Information Security Management System.
This extensive catalogue of requirements focuses on all areas of business. The main drivers for security are undoubtedly globalization, government directives, terrorist activities and threats from hackers, where ISO 27001 is increasingly being seen as a prerequisite for doing business in a secure way.
This process-oriented standard goes beyond the preservation of electronically processed data; it also applies to all safety-related aspects of personnel and business processes, including physical security, such as access and business continuity management. As a result, the certification is not restricted to the data center: It also covers offices.
ISO 27001 certification has become the benchmark in security and shows that, when it comes to data protection, Savvis and other certified providers meet the legal requirements of nations across the world.
ISO 27001 is recognized globally, throughout the EU via the European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
There are a growing range of regulatory and statutory requirements that relate to information protection, bought on in part, due to the proliferation of threats to information.
Put simply, ISO 27001 is not a marketing ploy.
As businesses turn to cloud to realize cost and efficiency savings, while supporting innovation, ISO provides assurance for the infrastructure that supports these emerging technologies.
Donald Badoux is managing director, Germany, for CenturyLink.