SmartDebit gear up for their Annual ISO 27001 Audit

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SmartDebit, the UK’s leading Direct Debit bureau, gained ISO 27001 certification a little over a year ago. To ensure continued compliance with the standard, SmartDebit must undergo annual surveillance audits.

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ISO 27001:2005 is an international standard created in 2005 to encourage and support organisations responsible for information security to bring their procedures in line with a full information security management system (ISMS).

ISO 27001 certification is not a required stipulation within the Direct Debit industry, however, SmartDebit is committed to safeguarding their clients’ data as well as their own information assets. The certification is in addition to satisfying the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded by Bacs (the governing body behind direct debit and direct credit).

SmartDebit’s Director of IT, Steven Drewett, commented on the forthcoming audit, “Preparation for ISO 27001 began a long time before gaining our initial certification last January. From the outset we have instilled a security conscious ethos into our staff through regular training sessions and updates, as well as individual audits. This is key to ensuring every SmartDebit employee, including senior management, recognises that ISO 27001 is an on-going process and that risk assessment is a critical part of our daily operation”.

About SmartDebit

SmartDebit is the UK’s leading Direct Debit Bureau, specialising in payment processing services since 1998. A Bacs approved Bureau, scoring ‘Excellent’ in all five categories of the Bacs audit, and ISO 27001 compliant. Providing a complete range of services: Outsourcing; SmartDebit-Admin cloud based portal; SmartDebit-Online payer sign up; SmartDebit-API integrated solution and SmartDebit-Contingency.

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