Green Commute Initiative is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the ISO 27001; a key accreditation in relation to protecting against information security threats, including hackers and cyber-attacks.
The ISO 27001 standard provides the framework for an effective Information Security Management System. It sets out the policies and procedures needed to protect organisations and includes all the risk controls necessary for robust IT security management.
We are living in an ever-evolving security landscape with customers more stringent than ever before in their procurement process. Recent security breaches by well-known consumer brands and the significant fines issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office, has made organizations much more aware of potential security risks.
A business with ISO 27001 certification will be able to demonstrate that their business has systems in place to protect corporate information and data, whether this is online or offline. It will show that the business can keep confidential information secure with robust security policies and access management, allowing for the secure exchange of information.
Katherine Stather, GCI’s Operations Director said “Having ISO-27001 is hugely important for GCI as it shows our strong commitment to protecting customer data. Having ISO-27001, will give confidence to our ever-widening customer-base and show that they can trust us with their personal information”.
After completing GDPR compliance requirements last year, GCI decided to pursue ISO 27001 certification. During 2019, GCI found prospective customers asking detailed and specific questions about its security management processes. This year, some customers have specified certification to ISO 27001 in their contracts. It’s become a very important issue for many organisations.
“Without doubt, having ISO 27001 will help GCI secure more cycle to work orders as it removes one of the barriers to sale. During four short years, GCI has grown to become one of the most respected cycle to work providers, and by the end of 2020, we anticipate that GCI will be the UK’s second biggest provider. Now, we can claim to be the first cycle to work provider to have ISO-27001 accreditation — yet another USP to set us apart from the rest”, said Rob Howes, Managing Director.
Green Commute Initiative’s ISO 27001 accreditation was granted by QMS, one of the UK’s leading ISO certification bodies. Interested third parties can check the accreditation here: https://www.qmsuk.com/verification. GCI’s certificate number is 353682020.
The ISO 27001 standard was originally published jointly by the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission in 2005 and then revised in 2013. Its best-practice approach helps organisations manage their information security by addressing people and processes as well as technology.
ISO 27001 is an international standard on how to manage information security. The standard was originally published jointly by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in 2005 and then revised in 2013. It details requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an information security management system — the aim of which is to help organizations make the information assets they hold more secure. A European update of the standard was published in 2017. Organizations that meet the standard’s requirements can choose to be certified by an accredited certification body following successful completion of an audit.
Green Commute Initiative is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise with a vision to get commuters out of cars and on to any kind of bike, with the dual purpose of improving both the individual’s health and wellbeing, as well as reducing the environmental impact of pollution and congestion from cars. GCI is FCA authorised and regulated and was the first cycle-to-work scheme in the UK to offer bikes over £1,000, helping to change Department for Transport legislation.