Bond Sets the Bar for Data Protection with Company-Wide ISO Accreditation

Bond International Software, the global provider of recruitment & human capital management software & services, has been accredited with the internationally recognised Information Security standard – ISO 27001:2005.

The quality management accreditation was first given to Bond Payroll Services – the division of Bond International Software that provides expert payroll outsourcing services – in 2011 and has now been awarded to the entire Bond business. This endorsement recognises Bond’s ongoing commitment to improving its services and policy of guaranteed security for all of its products as well as taking into account data protection legislation.

The international standard is only given to companies that fulfil and maintain specific best practice requirements for their Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) and associated processes. The IT systems and processes are subject to an auditing process, after which they are awarded certification provided they have met the stipulated standards. The new accreditation will apply to Bond’s entire range of services ensuring that the products and data held within them is now certified as being fully secure, as well as any sensitive client information that Bond handles.

Les Jones, Lead Auditor and Director of IQS UK, who oversaw the auditing process, comments, “After a detailed and thorough review of Bond’s software and systems, along with its organisation-wide procedures and policies for information security, I was pleased to conclude that Bond’s information security readily met the standards and quality to achieve full certification of ISO 27001:2005. The company was able to easily demonstrate that the necessary systems and procedures were in place to minimise security risks. These included high levels of secure integration between internal departments and external bodies, securing physical business premises and access to computer systems and also suitable protection of sensitive data and documents.”

Tim Richards, Managing Director, Bond International Software (UK), comments, “Our company policy is to be market leaders and promote excellence in the field of recruitment, HR and payroll software and services. An inherent part of these activities is a compulsion to treat our customer data with the utmost sensitivity. We see this as a natural component of providing the very best in customer service – something that we are particularly proud to consistently achieve.”

Richards concludes, “Large recruiters, especially those with international or public sector activities, often stipulate that their suppliers must hold a formal information security certification, typically the ISO 27001:2005 certification.. Having now achieved exactly this certification, we are therefore sufficiently equipped to guarantee the levels of reassurance required by such organisations and we look forward to the extra opportunity such an award will afford us.”