NewsJuly 18, 2016 @ 8:01 AM

IBM MaaS360 Achieves Certification for Compliance With ISO 27001 Standards

Each day, financial institutions, health care organizations, governmental entities and the like rely on a wide array of systems — software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, for example — to help run their operations.

By design, many of these tools directly and indirectly access and transmit confidential, sensitive and proprietary data. By failing to vet these solutions for their legitimacy, organizations subject their financial, employee, customer, partner and intellectual data to potentially disastrous security risks.

Developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in collaboration with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), ISO 27001 was established to delineate standards that an information security management system (ISMS) must adhere to when managing “the security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted to [customers] by third parties.”

The internationally recognized compliance certification consists of 14 control families with a total of 114 controls. In combination, these controls constitute the elements of an organization’s risk management framework. Several examples include:

  • Asset management;
  • Access control;
  • Cryptography;
  • Operational security;
  • System development; and
  • Maintenance.

MaaS360 Achieves Certification and Trust

Commonly characterized as flexible, affordable and effortlessly scalable, it’s no wonder that SaaS-based solutions such as MaaS360 have appealed to organizations looking to cut costs and reap a substantial ROI from productivity gains.

In searching for reasons not to go all in on cloud, the list is few and far between. However, the most common barrier to adoption is trust. How can customers trust third-party vendors to protect their sensitive, private information — as well as their partners’ and clients’ data — when using an external ISMS?

First and foremost, MaaS360 was designed as a true SaaS solution, acting as a service broker — not collecting, transporting, processing or storing any sensitive, proprietary information. MaaS360 has further exemplified leadership as the most trusted and secure SaaS enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution, having been through the extensive, year-long process of reviewing compliance criteria, writing documentation, gathering compliance evidence and working with auditors to achieve ISO 27001 certification. Obtaining this certification demonstrates MaaS360’s global expansion and dedication to upholding worldwide client information security and privacy.

It is not uncommon for vendors to associate their offerings with certifications such as ISO 27001. Customers must be wary that these references are often respective to the physical data center that the vendor solution is hosted on versus the actual offering.

Follow the Leader for Enterprise Mobility Cloud Security

As part of the third wave of IBM SaaS products to complete the ISO 27001 certification process, MaaS360’s certification is an example of IBM’s ongoing commitment to build reliable, world-class SaaS products. The certification is yet another achievement to add to an extensive list of those already obtained by MaaS360 to address the data, network, application, data center, communication and process security of its SaaS EMM platform. It’s also:

A member of the Cloud Security Alliance’s Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR) since 2012, MaaS360 has been instrumental in shaping industrywide cloud security standards and best practices.

In combination, these credentials give thousands of multinational customers, including multiple federal U.S. agencies, the security, trust and confidence to operate in accordance with their desired use cases for mobile while remaining in compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS, FINRA, HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley.

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John Harrington Jr.

Portfolio Marketing for IBM MaaS360

John has spent the past 6 years working for an industry-leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based unified endpoint management (UEM) provider, specializing in product marketing. In this capacity, John works closely with product development and offering management counterparts to develop creative assets and messaging that differentiate IBM MaaS360 with Watson as the industry’s first and only cognitive UEM solution. John represents IBM through his participation in live educational webcasts, industry events, conferences and trade shows, and is a blog contributor on SecurityIntelligence.com. In his spare time, John enjoys exploring the city of Philadelphia with his fiancée and their two beagles. He is an avid cyclist, cook and home brewer who loves watching his favorite sports teams dominate (all except for that last part; he is a Washington Redskins fan).