Reliance High-Tech accredited to ISO 27001 for entire Reliance Protect operation

With the risk of potentially catastrophic data breaches now at the very top of the corporate agenda, Reliance High-Tech has 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 to which the company adheres and operates, in turn highlighting its commitment to protecting client data and confidentiality.

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

Confidential information totally secure

Andy Schofield

Andy Schofield

The ISO 27001 standard demonstrates that confidential information is kept secure, that it’s managed efficiently and that vulnerabilities are highlighted and addressed on a continual basis.

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

“Training and engagement by members of staff at every level is essential when it comes to creating a culture wherein information is seen as being of vital importance and something that must be protected,” added Schofield.

Clean sweep on all metrics

Terry Sallas

Terry Sallas

Reliance High-Tech not only passed this latest independent assessment first time, but remarkably the business 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 to which we have access,” explained Terry Sallas, managing director at Reliance High-Tech. “We’re aware of the threats to data security and ISO 27001 accreditation proves that we have the systems in place to guard against them.”

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

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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