Huddle adds ISO 27001 to its accreditation cabinet

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Specialist enterprise cloud collaboration firm Huddle has achieved ISO 27001 certification, demonstrating its conformation with the highest global information security management standards. The certification was awarded by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

Huddle CEO Alastair Mitchell said he is “delighted” his company has achieved the ISO 270001 certification, which follows Huddle’s recent announcement that it is developing a FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002) certified instance of its platform for U.S. government agencies and organisations

“ISO is a great global certification ... that only the very biggest and best companies are able to get, so we are very proud to have achieved it,” Mitchell told Cloud Pro.

“Our ambition is to be the leading enterprise collaboration platform in the cloud and these accreditations are very important to demonstrate to our larger customers that we are ready and able to support them in rolling out tens of thousands of users across their organisation,” he added.

Richard Edwards, principal analyst at Ovum, told Cloud Pro that customers often assume that because technology companies like Huddle are good with operational technology and have “lots of bright boffins”, security should not be much of an issue.

“However, what the ISO certification tells us is that information security management is a management responsibility, not just the techie and it shows that the management of the company concerned is taking responsibility, rather than just saying ‘that is IT’s job’,” Edwards said.

Suzanne Fribbins, product manager for certifying body BSI’s Risk Portfolio, said: “Most high-profile data breaches are not caused by hackers, but by bad business processes and policies.”

“Companies need a formal framework to tackle the cultural and behavioural risks as demonstrated by Huddle,” she added.

Jane McCallion is ITPro's Deputy Editor, primarily covering security, storage and networking for ITPro, CloudPro and ChannelPro.

Jane joined ITPro and CloudPro in July 2012, having previously written freelance for a number of business and finance magazines. She has also covered current affairs, including the student, public sector workers and TUC protests and strikes in central London while studying a Masters in Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Prior to becoming a journalist, Jane studied Applied Languages at the University of Portsmouth.