Cloud booming but some variability in quality
The cloud and managed services space have mushroomed in recent years. Some of the main reasons the cloud has boomed include:
- Businesses have rushed to exploit its advantages
- VARs and resellers have jumped on the cloud bandwagon
- Knowledge proliferation around implementing cloud solutions
- Lower barriers to entry as tech costs have fallen
- Subcontracting of infrastructure to third-party data centres
However, despite the apparent 'health' of the market, there is some variability in the quality of services from different providers. When selecting a cloud service partner, security is perhaps the most important area to consider.
Why does ISO 27001 matter?
ISO/IEC 27001 is a specification for an information security management system (ISMS). The standard is published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
The latest version of the standard is ISO/IEC 27001:2013. One of the main changes was to expand the previous 2005 version to specifically reflect the use of third-party suppliers by service providers delivering solutions.
Consequently, when it comes to choosing providers of cloud and managed services, ISO/IEC 27001 is a critical differentiator in the marketplace. For service providers or any organisation to meet the standard, it needs to successfully complete a formal compliance audit and it is then certified compliant by an independent and accredited certification body.
Get more confidence and better value from HTL Support
HTL Support has been fully audited and certified by The British Assessment Bureau as meeting the standards of ISO/IEC 27001:2013. Our business has always observed an internal quality control process, which has included working with ISO/IEC 27001 accredited companies.
The audit ‘rubber stamps’ our control mechanism and formally align our processes with the internationally recognised ISO 27001 standard for information security management. Businesses which choose to partner with HTL Support to obtain cloud and managed services can be sure information security best practice is central to everything we do.
Enjoy the confidence that your information is handled securely. Contact us today to find out how we can help your business to get better value from the cloud.
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