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New feature: all Ribose emails now cryptographically signed with PGP

With email phishing and spoofing increasingly common today, many people are lulled into a false sense of despair. Yet there are methods to combat them, and the most oft-used one is cryptographic signing of emails.

Since last week, Ribose cryptographically signs all emails to you via PGP to allow you can verify authenticity of our emails. A valid Ribose PGP signature proves that the email has not been modified in transit, and also proves that the sender is indeed Ribose instead of a malicious third party.

To verify email PGP signatures, the current state of things require installation of some sort of plugin, but most of these tools do integrate nicely with your platform (Linux / macOS / Windows). We also have listed out recommended tools on our PGP page below.

With many of our users coming from sensitive industries, some of them have voiced out their concern for encrypted email notifications to prevent data leakage from emails. As a next step, we will be enabling full encryption of emails in an upcoming release, with a facility to upload your public PGP key that will be used to encrypt all messages sent via email. Stay tuned!

For more details on Ribose email signing and how to verify signatures, visit our PGP page at https://www.ribose.com/pgp.

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Talk at CSA HKM Knowledge Sharing Event in PolyU

We are proud to share that our own Jeffrey Lau will be giving a talk at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University today!
At the talk, an official CSA HKM Knowledge Sharing Event, Jeffrey will be speaking about the Management of SaaS-Specific Risks.
SaaS (software-as-a-service) has almost become a necessity to businesses and daily lives of the modern day, as you know, and today more than ever we have a limitless option of providers to choose from. With how easy it is to sign up and start using such services, sometimes it is also too easy for us to diminish or be unaware of the associated risks. This is especially important for organizations - SaaS, being cloud-based, inherently possess greater risk than traditional IT. Left unchecked they pose a potential threat to an organization's survival. Luckily, there are measures that an organization can take in order to manage them. Jeffrey talks about what these SaaS-associated risks are and what best practices can an organization take to protect itself and its customers against them in today's event.

All the best for today's attendees, we hope the talk may be fruitful and informative for you! If you missed the event, worry not, this won't be the last event that our staff will participate in, so stay tuned for more!


For more information about the event, click here!

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Ribose named Best New Collaboration Service, Best New Social Business Solution and Best Social Collaboration App at 2016 International Business Awards

Company wins three Gold Stevie® Awards in world's premier business awards program

[Hong Kong] – 28 September 2016 – Ribose has won three Gold Stevie® Awards in the "Best New Product or Service of the Year – Software Collaboration/Social Networking Solution", "Best New Product or Service of the Year - Software - Social Business Solution" and "Best Social Mobile App" categories, as well as a Bronze Stevie® Award for "Best New Product or Service of the Year - Software - Security Solution" at The 13th Annual International Business Awards.

The International Business Awards, or "Stevies", are the world's premier business awards program recognizing the most respected individuals and commercial organizations around the world. The 2016 IBAs attracted more than 3,800 nominations from over 60 nations and territories – representing a wide range of public and private, profit and non-profit, small and large organizations from virtually every industry.

Ribose provides a unique and secure cloud collaboration platform that helps users work together effectively, while protecting their highly-valuable collaborative data through pioneering cloud security and privacy – delivered through an intuitive user experience expected in today's consumer software. The platform adopts the world's most stringent specified security requirements by advocating a 'highest-bar' approach to cloud security and privacy. With its accessibility, dependability and security, the Ribose platform gives users the peace of mind to focus on their tasks at hand.

  • Ribose founder Ronald Tse commented, "Ribose is delighted to improve on last year's results at the 13th Annual International Business Awards – winning three Gold Stevie Awards in the extremely competitive Best New Collaboration Service, Best New Social Business Service and Best Social Mobile App categories. We are also pleased to win a Bronze Stevie Award for Best New Security Solution in a very strong field of competitors. These awards stand as proof that our mission of democratizing secure collaboration with a 'highest bar' approach resonates with our users and judges alike, helping us make working together easy and fun – while protecting users' data with the highest, internationally certified levels of security."

  • He continued, "We are both humbled and flattered by the judging panel's recognition of our work, and I'd like to congratulate all of this year's IBA winners and nominees for sharing their experiences and success stories from around the world. It's always been a source of pride for our team at Ribose to be recognized amongst some of the leading names in international business."

Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 200 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from May through early August.

In awarding Ribose the Gold Stevie for Best Social Collaboration App, judges commended Ribose for "being social but at the same time highly protected in a cloud based platform" and for "practical and strong use of technology to enable greater globalization and digitization."


  • Judges who selected Ribose for the Gold Stevie in the Best Collaboration / Social Networking Solution category called it "a great example of customer engagement and involvement in business operations" and "definitely a company to watch out for," praising Ribose for offering a "clever new angle on secured collaboration." Scoring the submission for Best Social Business Solution, the panel highlighted Ribose's "world class cloud platform" and "exceptional security features", backed by "numerous international awards and certifications."

IBA judges also presented Ribose with a Bronze Stevie Award for Best New Product or Service of the Year - Software - Security Solution, commenting, "Ribose empowers customers to devote their full energy to developing their business, while leaving security in their capable hands. It is a true enabler to many industries."

  • "We are delighted to congratulate Ribose on winning three Gold and one Bronze Stevies at the 13th Annual International Business Awards. Building on their remarkably successful debut last year, Ribose has continued to demonstrate its passion and commitment to excellence in secure cloud computing – taking home an impressive four Stevie Awards this year," remarked Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.

Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

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Ribose Achieves Cloud Industry’s First Kitemark for Secure Digital Transactions

World's first collaboration platform certified to rigorous application security by BSI

Hong Kong – Ribose has become the world's first cloud Software-as-a-Service platform to achieve BSI's prestigious and highly selective Kitemark for Secure Digital Transactions, which certifies applications to ensure they have the appropriate security controls in place to handle highly sensitive information online through rigorous security testing.

Confidential financial and personal information is increasingly stored and shared, yet services themselves are subject to continuous threats and attacks at all times. According to PwC, 90% of large organizations have already suffered data breaches, and it is imperative for organizations to protect their own confidential information in the cloud through appropriate security.

Protection is especially necessary for collaborative data, which often contain the most valuable, yet most vulnerable assets of the organization – intellectual property, trade secrets or personal information about customers and employees, patient health information, and financial information.

BSI's Kitemark for Secure Digital Transactions is the most rigorous security testing program available to date that validates and evaluates the security of individual applications. Initially piloted by the banking industry, it is the latest member of the BSI Kitemark family, a symbol of trust and product quality that was first granted in 1903 and is highly recognized worldwide. BSI has also long been a pioneer in information security, being the originator of the international information security management system standard, ISO/IEC 27001.

An application certified to this Kitemark demonstrates rigorous validation to banking-grade security, as well as data protection measures of the organization that developed and operates the application, confirming it has been thoroughly tested and meets recognized standards for security, reliability and quality.

In order to receive the Kitemark for Secure Digital Transactions, the application or service must achieve three key criteria. First, a secure service must be developed and operated within a secure environment that emphasizes organizational security and process integrity. This criterion is best validated by requiring the organization itself to achieve and maintain certification to ISO/IEC 27001, covering all parts relating to the service and sensitive information it handles, including application development, infrastructure operations and transaction processing.

The second tenant of the Kitemark for Secure Digital Transactions is to achieve validation of application security, which requires the service to undergo rigorous internal and external penetration tests to the highest levels, ensuring there are no known significant vulnerabilities or security flaws. The application security tests are performed by a world-class, CREST-certified security team with over 30,000 hours of penetration testing experience, to the OWASP ASVS v2.0 standard – the most stringent in industry. Under Level 2 verification, Ribose is tested against 147 application security controls covering all facets of application security through black box and white box testing, from business logic to cryptography, static analysis to OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities. This assures that the Ribose platform provides security assurance for significant transactions, including those that process healthcare information, implement business-critical or sensitive functions, or process other sensitive assets.

The third criterion is continual independent monitoring and assessment to ensure the security profile of the service provides assurance to the types of data it handles, including ongoing application security tests, organizational security audits, as well as Kitemark compliance audits and risk assessments.

According to Chris Lewis, Certification Director at BSI, "With a shift towards mobile and cloud computing, information security is increasingly becoming a key differentiator. Many organizations have good information security processes established but to achieve the BSI Kitemark for Secure Digital Transactions, their systems have to be regularly and independently tested with stringent penetration tests and monitoring. For Ribose to be first to achieve the BSI Kitemark for Secure Digital Transactions in the cloud industry, it reinforces their commitment to safeguarding their users' private information in their secure cloud services."

Emmanuel Hervé, Vice President of Standards and Professional Services, BSI Asia Pacific, and Managing Director, BSI Hong Kong, remarked, "The BSI name and the BSI Kitemark are recognized as symbols of trust, and we have a strong track record in promoting excellence in cyber and information security. The Kitemark demonstrates Ribose's commitment to the ongoing security of their cloud application and service. In becoming the first cloud service to achieve the new Kitemark for Secure Digital Transactions certification is proof of Ribose's pledge to be a pioneer in cloud security."

Ronald Tse, founder of Ribose, explained, "Our Kitemark certification is a testament to Ribose's unwavering commitment to providing a secure platform that prioritizes the protection of our customers' data. Building on our ISO/IEC 27017 cloud security and ISO/IEC 27018 cloud privacy certifications, this Kitemark provides reassurance that our application itself features appropriate protection for highly sensitive information."

"Ribose's highest bar approach to cloud security gives users the peace of mind to freely collaborate on mission critical projects, knowing their confidential information is protected to international cloud security standards, and now the BSI Kitemark. All of these certifications stand as testament to the security of the Ribose platform," Tse concluded.

Although no certification can ever guarantee 100% security, the BSI Kitemark for Secure Digital Transactions ensures a website or app has the appropriate security controls in place for the information it is handling.

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Ribose achieves ISO/IEC 27017 cloud security certification

World’s first SaaS platform compliant to international cloud security standard

[Hong Kong] – 9 June 2016 – Ribose has become the world’s first Software-as-a-Service platform to achieve certification to ISO/IEC 27017, an international standard for information security controls specifically designed for cloud services. Published by the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), ISO/IEC 27017 is a Sector-Specific Standard within the ISO/IEC 27001 (Information security management systems) family.

The cloud offers immense benefits, allowing cloud service customers to utilize the exact amount of computing resources needed at any given time. However, due to the open nature of the cloud environment – which provides broad network access, rapid elasticity, self-provisioning functionality and resource pooling – cloud information security needs differ greatly from the traditional environment ISO/IEC 27001 was originally designed to protect.

Addressing the specific needs of cloud security, ISO/IEC 27017 builds upon ISO/IEC 27001 – providing additional controls and implementation guidance on architecture, technology and processes to ensure information security is well protected in the cloud. Taking into account that many cloud service providers are often customers of other cloud services, ISO/IEC 27017 also specifies implementation guidelines for both cloud service customers and cloud service providers, emphasizing each entity’s role in cloud security and protecting end users’ information.

“The ISO/IEC JTC1 SC27 committee, which creates and manages the ISO/IEC 27001 family of standards, first approved the proposal for a cloud security management standard proposed by Japan in October 2011. ISO/IEC 27017, having been through 5 years of dedicated work, was finally published in December 2015, provides a code of practice for information security management for cloud services. In achieving this certification, Ribose has demonstrated its commitment and effort towards protecting user information in the cloud," commented Tadashi Nagamiya, Secretary General of JASA, Japanese representative for ISO/IEC JTC1 SC27, and one of the original authors and proposer of ISO/IEC 27017.

As the first cloud service provider to achieve CSA CCM 3 compliance, CSA STAR Attestation and Singapore’s MTCS, Ribose was able to satisfy the recommendations set forth in ISO/IEC 27017 with its existing systems and processes.

Emmanuel Hervé, Vice President of Standards and Professional Services, BSI Asia Pacific, and Managing Director, BSI Hong Kong, remarked, “We commend Ribose’s dedication to protecting its users information to the highest standards. As the originator of the ISO/IEC information security management system standard, and the first certification body offering a robust certification program for ISO/IEC 27001 sector specific standards, BSI worked closely with Ribose and experts from ISO/IEC JTC 1 SC 27 in the development of the ISO/IEC 27017 certification scheme – ensuring our rigorous certification program accurately assesses adherence to the standard.” 

Ronald Tse, founder of Ribose, explained, “ISO/IEC 27017 certification clearly demonstrates Ribose’s unwavering commitment to cloud security. We are proud to be the world’s first cloud service provider to achieve simultaneous CSA STAR Certification, STAR Attestation and C-STAR Assessment together with ISO/IEC 27017. Although some overlap exists, ISO/IEC 27017 has proven to be complementary to our existing regional and global cloud security requirements.”

Tse continued, “Ribose has always maintained a tight reputation as a pioneer in cloud security. Our new ISO/IEC 27017 certification confirms we are deploying proper controls to secure our own platform, as well as to protect our customers’ data through the suppliers we rely upon to deliver our services.”

“By taking the highest bar approach to cloud security, Ribose gives users the peace of mind to freely create and collaborate on our platform – knowing their confidential information is protected by multiple international certifications to the highest levels of cloud security,” concluded Tse.

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About Ribose

Ribose is the award-winning secure cloud collaboration platform that makes working together easy and fun while protecting users’ data with the highest, internationally certified levels of security. Trusted by regulated industries and users with heightened security needs, it is the world’s first cloud platform to achieve MTCS (Multi-Tier Cloud Security) and the only cloud service provider to be triple assured by the Cloud Security Alliance: CSA STAR Attestation, CSA STAR Certification (Cloud Controls Matrix, CCM 3.0.1) and CSA C-STAR Assessment. Ribose has been consistently awarded the industry's highest cloud security ratings: the highest security tier, Level 3, in MTCS and the highest maturity level, Gold, in STAR Certification.

Ribose has won numerous awards including the CSA APAC Enterprise Award for Security Innovation of the Year, Gold Stevie® Awards at the International Business Awards for Most Innovative Company in Asia and Best New Collaboration Service, and has been named a Red Herring Top 100 Global company.

Ribose is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO/IEC 20000, ISO 22301, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 27017, ISO/IEC 27018, ISO 50001, PAS 99, Cyber Essentials Plus, CDSA Content Protection Security (CPS) and AICPA Service Organization Control (SOC) standards, and approved by the UK Government’s G-Cloud program for government use.

Ribose is free to use: ribose.com.

About BSI

BSI (British Standards Institution) equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. As the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), BSI is responsible for originating many of the world’s most commonly used management systems standards and publishes over 2,700 standards annually.

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