Securitas is pleased to announce it has been awarded the ISO 27001: 2013 Information Security management standard, demonstrating the security firm’s commitment to providing the highest quality of service to its customers
ISO 27001 is an internationally-recognised certification developed as a best practice standard which enables organisations to formalise and verify that risks are properly identified and managed. It also demonstrates to customers and stakeholders that their information is taken seriously and can be pivotal to winning tenders where information security is vital.
David Barlow, Business Standards and Risk Manager at Securitas, said: “In 2014 we completed an internal review of the whole of our UK security operations and realised we needed to concentrate on improving our data protection policies if we were to seriously advance in the security solutions aspect of the industry.”
Securitas sought the services of UKAS, quality and compliance audit body, ALCUMUS, and soon realised that accreditation to ISO 27001:2013 Information Security would be required in order to satisfy the needs of both the security services and security solutions sectors.
In June 2014 a member of the business standards team was appointed as project manager to concentrate on key areas which included the communications centre, human resources, environmental health and safety, standards department, screening, finance, alarm response centre and help desk.
Following a period of internal and external audits and the creation of the Information Security Management System, all information – either printed or written on paper, stored electronically, transmitted by post or using electronic means, shown on films or spoken in conversation – is now handled and stored in a secure manner. All assets, either physical or electronic, are also risk assessed and suitable control measures taken to ensure the security of these assets
Subsequently, the ISO 27001:2013 accreditation has now been awarded in respect of Securitas’ establishments in Birmingham, Wellingborough, Milton Keynes and Uxbridge.
“This accreditation demonstrates to our customers that we take all aspects of IT and data security very seriously,” added David. “I believe that, not only will it be of great benefit in winning new clients but will also help to retain our existing ones. I’m confident Securitas will be reaping the rewards of all the hard work in the months to come. “