PASADENA, Calif. -- E-Z Data, Inc., a leading provider of front-office systems for insurance companies, general agents, banks, investment dealers, agents, and financial advisors, announced today that it has received ISO 27001 certification. ISO, the International Standards Organization, creates standards that specify worldwide requirements for products, services, processes, materials and systems. ISO 27001 is the new international standard created specifically for Information Security Management Systems.
"In our industry, independent agents and financial advisors must be assured of the security of their client data," said Scott Weber, Assistant Vice President of Operations Technology for PartnersFinancial/NFP in Austin, TX. "E-Z Data's ISO 27001 certification gives us even greater confidence in the fact that our member firms' data is as secure as it can possibly be."
"CPS is pleased to be partnering with an organization that takes information security and risk management as seriously as E-Z Data does," said Peter Holden, Chief Executive Officer of CPS Insurance Services, a large brokerage general agency in Irvine, CA. "It is assuring to know that the facility where we host our corporate agent and client data meets the rigorous information security standards and policies required for ISO 27001 certification."
ISO 27001 certification gives enterprises seeking hosted systems a method by which they can effectively compare each provider's ability to ensure data security. E-Z Data's clients, the majority of whom are financial services distributors, require ongoing assurance that their hosted data is not at risk in order to help comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (also known as the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act). The Sarbanes-Oxley Act requires companies to develop an information security management system that is integrated, comprehensive, and incorporates widely recognized best practices. ISO 27001 is a step toward effecting and demonstrating compliance with this legislation.
"E-Z Data has always taken great pride in our system security, but the third-party validation of this fact by a trusted organization is vital as our customers, from large financial services enterprises to individual financial advisors, seek to identify vendors that can deliver a truly secure system," said Dale Okuno, President and CEO, E-Z Data. "Our ISO 27001 certification further ensures our prospects and our current clients that their data is indeed secure on E-Z Data systems."
The first E-Z Data ISO 27001 certification audit included the company's Hosting Services Group, Database Group, Network Operations Center, MIS, Data Migration Group, Technical Support, Human Resources, and Administration and Legal department, and resulted in E-Z Data's official certification on November 6, 2007.
About E-Z Data, Inc.
E-Z Data, Inc. provides proven Web- and Windows([R])-based front office systems supporting sales, marketing, and customer service for leading financial services organizations and top financial advisors worldwide. E-Z Data solutions are used by many leading financial services companies, including HSBC, MetLife, National Financial Partners, Prudential, and Securian. The company's domain expertise, coupled with mature, industry-specific business solutions, results in consistently successful customer implementations. For more information, visit www.ezdata.com.
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