Cyber-security and data protection is never far from the headlines.

We’re working in a world where data breaches are increasingly common, and where organisations are seeking assurances that their suppliers are making security and data protection a priority.

We are now delighted to share that Hireserve is one of those suppliers.

This week, we were awarded the ISO 27001 certification – recognised worldwide as the standard for information security management.

What does being awarded the ISO 27001 certification mean?

To gain the ISO 27001 award, we had to meet the very high standards set by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

During the course of a comprehensive audit, we proved that we could prevent and defend against potential data system vulnerabilities. We were able to demonstrate that we had a robust set of information security controls, and that we implemented regular checks for security threats and vulnerabilities.

Beverly Usher, Hireserve’s HR Manager, led the efforts to gain certification:

‘We are so happy that we have secured the recognition that comes with being an ISO 27001:2013 certified organisation.

 This certification validates the hard work we do to make sure we work within, and provide, a safe and secure environment for storing information – whether that be our clients’ or company owned.

 Organisations who already work with us, and those that may be considering it, can now see that we put in practice what we preach when it comes to information security.’

 What’s next for us?

Though we have now been awarded the ISO 27001 certification, the work doesn’t stop there.

We’ll continue to maintain our high standards by ongoing cyber-security staff training and education, introducing new policies as needed and continually enhancing our security practices.

We’ll also be required to undergo an annual audit carried out by an external third party to ensure we continue to meet the stringent requirements set out in the ISO 27001 standard.

We’re currently focused on preparing for the GDPR too, coming into force in May 2018. We are reviewing our data controller responsibilities and ensuring we support our customers as a data processor.

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Jeremy Ovenden, Hireserve’s Founder and MD added:

‘Alongside our ongoing work preparing for the GDPR, meeting the ISO 27001 standard has given us the opportunity to distinguish Hireserve as a trusted and reputable business – and ensured that our customers can have confidence in our ability to protect their data.

 Achieving ISO 27001 is a testament to our team’s hard work and our positive and pragmatic company approach to protecting personal data. I am incredibly proud that we have been awarded this certification.’

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