Audatex first to achieve global standards for business continuity and information security
18th June 2008
Audatex UK, leading provider of claims management solutions, is the first company in the world to simultaneously attain ISO 27001, the international standard for information security, and BS 25999, the new British Standard for business continuity, with BSI Management Systems.
The announcement is the culmination of a rigorous assessment programme during which potential risks were analysed, existing processes reviewed and policies refined. The implementation of an integrated business-wide management system serves both BS 25999 and ISO 27001 standards.
The dual certification underpins Audatex’ ongoing business improvement strategy and validates the investment that the company has made in its business continuity and information security infrastructure and working practices. It also complements the company’s implementation of a Sarbanes-Oxley control framework and the adoption of ITIL/ITSM within its customer service and IT functions.
Ross McEleny, IT Services Director, Audatex UK explains: “There were strong business drivers for certifying to both standards. By adopting best practice in both business continuity and information security and having our management systems certified by a leading independent authority, we are able to demonstrate to all our stakeholders our proactive approach to keeping data secure and ensuring continuity of service delivery.”
To assist with the assessment process Audatex worked with Ultima Risk Management (URM), a company that specialises in providing training and consultancy services in information security and business continuity. The company played a key part in the certification process by conducting risk assessments, testing business continuity plans and conducting internal audits.
Julian Thrussell, BSI's Product Manager for Risk Standards comments: “Audatex' early decision to combine the implementation of both standards significantly reduced the time overheads involved. The ability of BSI to supply trained assessors to combine parts of the assessment was also beneficial.
Thrussell continues: “Audatex’ senior management engagement and support added a real impetus and drive, which was visible to the assessor from the start. Every now and again a company stands out in its approach and success, Audatex can be justifiably proud.”
“As a global provider of claims solutions we operate at the highest level in terms of information security and business continuity,” says Paul Tucker, Managing Director, Audatex UK. “Being the first company in the world to simultaneously attain both the ISO 27001 and BS 25999 management system standards is an important achievement; underpinning our continuous improvement strategy and demonstrating our ability to lead the way by adopting internationally recognized business standards.”
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