The Leeds-based company, which provides web-based procurement software has been awarded the ISO 27001 standard by the British Standards Institute (BSI).
The business, which is responsible for handing clients’ sensitive information, appointed business continuity specialist the Agenci – which helps to protect organisations from cyber-attacks and internal threats – to guide it through the stringent accreditation process.
Alan Cook, director at The Agenci said:
The IS027001 accreditation is invaluable to IT providers who wish to assess and prevent information security risks. It reinforces that a company’s people, processes and technology are extremely robust and reflect a commitment to delivering a risk based, quality-driven service that is second to none.
Science Warehouse, which employs nearly 50 staff, set out to secure the accreditation to give it a competitive edge and as a springboard to drive growth in sectors including retail, healthcare, higher education and manufacturing.
Product and Technology Director Jon Moody said:
The standard puts us in a league of our own in critical areas including data protection, compliance and IT governance. It makes us stand out from the crowd with our customers who entrust us with their sensitive information.
A recent report by UK Intelligence Services estimated that the UK is subject to as many as 1,000 ‘attacks’ every hour. These can be simple Phishing scams or direct hacking attempts to break into a PC or network with the ultimate aim of gaining access to personal and private details.
Cyber-crime is estimated to have cost the country £35 billion last year with the average victim losing an average of £247.