ISO 27001 accreditation in Fasthosts data centres

In a recent blog post, we spoke about some of the security and safety measures we have in place to protect our data centres. As well as climate control units, diesel-powered backup generators and physical security measures, our data centres are monitored 24/7 by a team of expert engineers.

As proof of our high standards and hard work, our data centres have now been accredited with a certificate against the ISO 27001 standard. This internationally recognised certificate is awarded by a team of independent auditors to data centres that comply with a strict set of security standards.

Members of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) award these certificates to companies whose operations, configurations and processes meet the globalised best practices.

For Fasthosts, gaining ISO 27001 accreditation was about confirming that our practices and systems are as secure as we think they are, and the certificate just proves this against an international standard. We’ve always been security focused, and we’ve always had strong processes, and the ISO 27001 certification confirms this.

Any business can apply for an ISO 27001 certificate, from small and medium to large enterprises, but not every business does. It is a lengthy and in-depth auditing process that involves significant manpower. Once accredited, there is an annual re-audit and every three years another full audit, so nothing can slip through the framework.

The question is, why would customers come looking for it? Many public sector agencies require ISO 27001 certified hosting, however, smaller businesses may also like to know that our systems are robust, and that we have invested heavily in our data centres.

With our CloudNX platform, customers have the choice of hosting their data in the UK, Spain, Germany, or North America. All of our international data centres are ISO 27001 certified. That’s why it was important for us to measure ourselves against the global ISO standard.

Appropriately, even the name ‘ISO’ is internationally standardised. Because the translated abbreviation for ‘international organisation for standardisation’ would be different in every language (IOS in English, OIN in French), the founders agreed on an internationally standardised name. ‘ISO’ is not actually an abbreviation, but a derivative of the Greek word ‘isos’, which means ‘equal’. Very thorough.

If you would like to work in our ISO 27001 accredited UK data centre, we are currently recruiting for a data centre operative in our Gloucester HQ.

For more information on our data centres, visit the Fasthosts website.

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