Gloucestershire-based TechOp achieves industry's highest benchmark for data security
PUBLISHED: 18:18 23 October 2017
"Although ISO 27001 is not essential, we actively sought the certification to not just ensure that we are holding ourselves to the highest standard, but also to show our clients that we can be trusted with their private information."
With GDPR approaching fast, data security is an ever-important issue in business and a hot topic right in now in the Gloucestershire Business Community. TechOp Solutions, based in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, are delighted to announce that they have gained full ISO 27001 accreditation, an internationally acknowledged certification, considered the industry’s highest benchmark for information security.
They were awarded the certification after a thorough external audit deemed TechOp’s internal security management system (ISMS) to be up to their high standards. The auditors tested not just the physical security the data, such as where files are stored and behind what firewalls they reside, but also the wider security culture amongst the staff, such as keycode access security doors and passwords.
Sam Wilson, Director of TechOp Solutions commented “Although ISO 27001 is not essential, we actively sought the certification to not just ensure that we are holding ourselves to the highest standard, but also to show our clients that we can be trusted with their private information. Cyber security is important to our business in so many ways, be it ensuring any information from our software contracts with the Department of Justice remain confidential, or actively providing cyber security consultancy to local SMEs, it is important that we lead by example. You wouldn’t trust an IT company with poor security, just as you wouldn’t trust a dentist with bad teeth, so being officially accredited to such a gold standard is obviously a huge honour, and one that we’re very proud of.”
Although ISO 27001 isn’t officially linked to the impending law, the principles of good cyber security required for this certification will go a long way to satisfying the requirements of the new regulations.
Simon Leonard, Commercial Director at TechOp said “We often tell our clients that due to the increased sophistication and ease of use of modern malware, cyber security incidents are increasingly becoming a matter of not if, but when, and one thing that impressed us about ISO 27001 is that it also focused on our plans for how we would handle a data breach. Having ISO 27001 doesn’t make us bullet proof, there’s no such thing as a company that has no risks, but what the auditor was looking for is evidence that we frequently look for risks, and plan for how they would affect our business.”
TechOp recently held a seminar called ‘The rise, and rise of, Ransomware and the Dark Web’ at Gloucestershire College where Alex Chalk, Cheltenham MP attended, Alex commented “It was a real pleasure to be invited and be given the opportunity to talk about the Junction 10 Growth plans. An alarming subject, that all businesses should give thoughtful consideration too.”
Ian Vaughan, Director at Peter Ball & Co Estate Agents remarked “Tech Op delivered a fantastic, clear and concise seminar on Ransomware and the Darknet. It was hugely informative, whilst being simple and easy to understand and it exposed just how easy it can be to be attacked. It is not a question of IF it is going to happen but rather WHEN. If you are technically minded or not I would 100% recommend going to this.”
“I found it really informative and very eye-opening- particularly the details about the dark web. It is always useful to be informed about the cyber threats an Organisation faces and how to be best equipped to respond. The content of the workshop is highly relevant to a great many employers.” Leonie Burton, Client Development Manager, University of Gloucestershire.
“An excellent and very entertaining event. It was a timely warning about the increasing risks and methods of ransomware attacks with useful advice on how to protect against them.” Chris Turner, Commercial Director at Electroflight Ltd.
TechOp have been invited to talk at a GDPR Seminar being held in November at Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel along with Gloucestershire Constabulary. The Event is being organised by Skylight9 and Colour Connection, who are helping to raise awareness of Cyber Security within the Gloucestershire Business Community.
There has been a lot of scaremongering about GDPR, and the potential fines it could bring, but at its core the information commissioner office will be looking to see that you have a sensible plan with dealing with a breach, and will accept that a breach isn’t always avoidable.