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eCOGRA The First to Offer Top I.S.O. Information Security Management System Certification

eCOGRA The First to Offer Top I.S.O. Information Security Management System Certification

Online gambling regulators are increasingly encouraging licensees and service providers to obtain ISO 27001 certification

London 26 January 2017 - eCOGRA, an independent online gambling testing and compliance advisory company, has become the first test house to be authorised to offer operators and service providers accredited International Standards Organisation ISO 27001 certifications for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS).

CEO Andrew Beveridge said this week it is clear that a growing number of online gambling regulators are already moving towards a requirement for licence holders and their service providers to achieve this accreditation.

"Jurisdictions such as Denmark, Great Britain, Portugal, Romania and Spain already waive certain security auditing requirements in the event that the licence holder is ISO 27001 certified, enabling the independent testing and certification process to be expedited with potentially significant cost and effort savings," he said.

ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised information security management standard which ensures organisations can apply a framework to business processes to help identify, manage and reduce risks to information security, and considers not only IT but all business operations.

eCOGRA director Tex Rees said that the company has already engaged with a number of major suppliers and operators for the new service, in which there has been significant interest.

"We undertook this initiative in direct response to the growing demand for ISO 27001 certifications by regulators, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders in the online gambling industry," she said.

"In order to provide ISO 27001 certifications, eCOGRA obtained ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 accreditation from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), a prerequisite for accredited certification bodies in order to prove that they are competent to carry out third-party certifications and audits of ISMS."

Rees revealed that the UKAS accreditation is complemented by eCOGRA's in-house resources and its multi-disciplined assessment, testing, compliance and technical teams, which have Big 4 international audit firm and online gambling industry experience dating back to 2003.

Members of the teams have professional qualifications that include CISA, CISSP, CEH and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor and Implementer.

About eCOGRA:

Founded thirteen years ago to establish and improve operational standards and player safety requirements in the remote gambling space, eCOGRA has amassed a wealth of experience in implementing international best practice standards and requirements and ensuring these are maintained through regular review and monitoring.

eCOGRA is staffed by professional auditors with Big 4 auditing firm experience, information system experts, game testers and responsible gambling specialists, and acts as a regulatory audit partner to many of the largest multi-jurisdictional operators in the online gambling industry, including bet365, 888, bwin.party, BetVictor, Unibet, Betclic, Interwetten, 32Red, Betway, Casino Rewards Group, Penningautomatförening (Paf), Fortune Lounge and bet-at-home.

The company is an accredited testing agency with several jurisdictions, and has been awarded the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) approvals ISO/IEC 17025:2005 - General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, for the United Kingdom and Denmark, and ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.



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