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First Malaysian public cloud provider to receive ISO 27001: VADS

AvantiKumar | May 22, 2013
Telekom Malaysia's business process outsourcing provider VADS receives certification from SIRIM, which it said will help it to comply with the Personal Data Protection Act among other requirements.


Photo - (From left) Khalidah Mustafa, Managing Director, SIRIM QAS International presents the ISO 27001 certificate to Ahmad Azhar Yahya, Chief Executive Officer, VADS.


According to VADS, the outsourcing services arm of Telekom Malaysia, it is the first public cloud service provider in Malaysia to receive ISO 27001 certification.

The certification from SIRIM's certification subsidiary SIRIM QAS International helps to ensure a safe and secure public cloud service platform, said VADS chief executive officer Ahmad Azhar Yahya while receiving the certificate from SIRIM QAS's managing director Khalidah Mustafa.

"We chose to adopt the ISO 27001 for VADS Cloud Services as we found it suitable to protect critical and sensitive information and it provides a holistic, risk-based approach to secure information and compliance," said Ahmad Azhar. "The ISO 27001 certification will also allow for an independent review of our information security practices while allowing us to comply with legislation on personal information, intellectual property and others such as the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) 2010 & the Multimedia Commissions Act 1998."

"We are delighted to have achieved the ISO 27001 certification for our Public Cloud Services as it is a testament that our product fulfils the international standard of information security systems. VADS acknowledges the importance of data security and how important it is to our customers," he said. "Our data centres are already ISO 27001 certified and coupled with the ISO 27001 certification for our Public Cloud Services, we are proud to say that customers can be assured of the security of their data as we offer them some of the best information security measures."

SIRIM QAS International's Khalidah Mustafa said: "We are proud to present our first ISO 27001 certification for Public Cloud to VADS. To be awarded with this esteemed certification is no easy task and VADS had managed to meet the rigorous requirements of this international benchmark for Information Security Management Systems. We, at SIRIM QAS International, are proud that a Malaysian company has achieved this prestigious certification and it will definitely create a market differentiation for its product and services."

The ISO 27001 certificate, which lasts for three years, is a voluntary Information Security Management System (ISMS) standard, which formally specifies a management system that is intended to bring security under explicit control. The standard was published in October 2005 by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and is part of the growing ISO 27000 family.


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