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Ribose world's first collaboration platform to achieve ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification

Ribose world’s first collaboration platform to achieve ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification

One of the first organizations worldwide to achieve compliance to latest information security standard

Hong Kong, 25 March 2014 – Ribose has achieved certification for the latest information security standard ISO/IEC 27001:2013, covering all aspects of the company, including its social collaboration platform.

In addition to being the world’s first collaboration platform to achieve this certification, Ribose is also one of the first organizations worldwide, and the first organization in Hong Kong to do so. Ribose’s certification was awarded by BSI (British Standards Institution), the originator of the ISO/IEC 27001 standard. This international standard has wide-ranging requirements for implementing, operating, maintaining and improving information security management. Certification is awarded only after an independent accredited auditor has thoroughly checked all applications, systems, processes and services. Ribose’s scope of certification was as comprehensive as possible, covering all processes and services.

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is the revised information security standard that supersedes ISO/IEC 27001:2005. This update includes significant improvements to security, covers risks such as identity theft, mobile devices and other online vulnerabilities, and provides a more streamlined approach leading to better risk management. Ribose’s previous ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification was also awarded by BSI.

“Ribose is committed to staying at the forefront of information security and protecting data, explains Ronald Tse, founder of Ribose.  Our state-of-the-art security system has already achieved highest merits in both CSA STAR certification and CDSA CPS certification. This latest certification shows that our system is dynamic and scalable, allowing us to protect information fully for our users. Our mission is to allow people to collaborate freely, and this certification gives people confidence that their information is always safe and fully protected.”

Emmanuel Herve, Managing Director of BSI Hong Kong, said: “Ribose has again demonstrated its commitment to information security by being one of the first organizations worldwide to achieve certification for the latest version of the information security standard. Organizations want to be reassured that any data stored externally is secure and service providers need to show they have appropriate security systems in place to manage information they handle. By attaining this certification, Ribose can do just that.”

About BSI

The British Standards Institution is the business standards company that helps businesses turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. As the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the ISO, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe:



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Ribose achieves CDSA CPS Certification with lowest possible risk rating

Ribose achieves CDSA CPS Certification with lowest possible risk rating

Committed to protecting user information and intellectual property

HONG KONG, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ribose has achieved certification for Content Protection and Security (CPS) from the Content Delivery and Security Association (CDSA). All audited areas were rated as Green, indicating full compliance and a low level of risk. Ribose is the only collaboration platform worldwide certified to CPS.

Ribose believes the open Internet is based on innovation and the protection of intellectual property, which it is fully committed to. With CPS certification, intellectual property owners can be confident in collaborating freely on Ribose, knowing their content is safe and secure.

CPS is an international standard developed by the world's largest content owners, including software, games, media and entertainment companies. It has stringent and comprehensive standards and procedures for the protection of intellectual property, including audited risk assessment, and for the management of all systems handling intellectual property. Certification is awarded only after exhaustive checks by CDSA auditors.

CPS requirements comprise multiple capability framework areas including digital security, physical security and management. Ribose was found to be fully compliant in each area, representing a very low security risk environment.

Peter Wallace, Worldwide Director of Anti-Piracy and Compliance Programs, CDSA, stated: "CPS certification is a comprehensive, industry-accepted standard covering content security. Ribose is operating to the highest standards and we commend its commitment to intellectual property security."

"It is rare for a company to achieve full compliance in a first audit, and we are delighted that Ribose performed so well across all areas," explained James Wise, Director of Anti-Piracy and Compliance Programs in Asia, CDSA. "The security management systems at Ribose are well-designed and quite mature, demonstrating that Ribose is very serious about protecting user information."


About CDSA

The Content Delivery and Security Association (CDSA) is a non-profit organization advocating the innovative and responsible delivery and storage of entertainment, software and information. Among its members are some of the world's largest intellectual property owners including Adobe, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Sony, NBCUniversal and the Walt Disney Company. Established in the 1970s, CDSA was previously known as the International Recording Media Association.




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Ribose first to achieve CSA STAR Certification under new CCM 3.0 cloud security standard

Ribose first to achieve CSA STAR Certification under new CCM 3.0 cloud security standard

Hong Kong, 10 March, 2014 – Ribose, a start-up that redefines the way people collaborate, is the first to achieve STAR Certification from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) fully compliant to the new cloud security standard: Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) 3.0.

This certification means that Ribose is committed to protecting user information to the greatest extent possible. Users can be confident their privacy and data will always be respected and protected, and that they can collaborate freely on Ribose to innovate and succeed with their teams.

Ribose is currently the only organization to achieve STAR Certification compliance under the new CCM 3.0 standard. It is one of only two organizations worldwide to achieve Gold Certification, the highest level, based on its security measures and controls as assessed by the British Standards Institution (BSI). Ribose is also the first software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud service provider to achieve STAR Certification under CCM 3.0 with SaaS services fully covered in the certification scope.

STAR Certification is the first internationally recognized cloud security certification program. Developed jointly by the CSA and BSI, it places stringent and extensive requirements and controls on information security management systems, including comprehensive coverage of cloud security. Certification is awarded only after a CSA-recognized independent auditor conducts a thorough audit and verifies that the organization’s applications, systems, processes and services fully comply with STAR’s requirements, including ISO/IEC 27001 and CCM 3.0.

According to David Horlock, Asia Pacific Managing Director, BSI, “CSA STAR Certification is a rigorous assessment by a CSA-recognized independent body and provides customers with a benchmark to make informed decisions on cloud services. Achieving the Gold award shows Ribose’s leadership and commitment to delivering professional and secure cloud services through world-class best practices”.

“CSA STAR Certification is a comprehensive, industry-accepted program covering numerous security control areas and capabilities”, said Jim Reavis, CEO of CSA. “As the first to adopt and verify compliance with the new CCM 3.0 cloud security standard, Ribose has demonstrated its commitment to cloud security, giving users confidence to collaborate freely on the Ribose platform”.


About Ribose

Founded in 2008, Ribose redefines collaboration results by providing individuals and organizations with an effective and efficient collaboration platform. Whether you’re planning social events or running business projects, Ribose makes it easy and fun. Currently in public beta, Ribose is free to use:


About BSI

The British Standards Institution is the business standards company that helps businesses turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. As the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the ISO, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe:

About CSA

The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization led by a broad industry coalition. Dedicated to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, CSA also provides education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing:­­

Note: No certification can guarantee information being completely secure.


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The Collaboration Economy - Hot Topic and Trend for 2014

Ribose is excited to see how collaboration is becoming more of a way to help people and businesses live a more sustainable life.  One of the hot topics and trends we are reading about is called The Collaboration Economy.  In a recent article in the publication Sustainable Brands we see how collaboration is key in reducing waste around the world.  Here are a few soundbites from the article that give you an idea about how this concept works.  

The Collaborative Economy is associated with sharing resources to reduce waste, but its primary focus is on the economics of collaboration and the efficiencies of networks. The Collaborative Economy seeks to harness crowds, collectives, communities and co-ops to co-create, co-ideate, co-design, co-fund, co-own, co-build, co-distribute, co-market, co-sell, co-profit and co-prosper.  

While collaboration in business may seem counterintuitive to competition, many highly competitive industries such as auto and hospitality are adopting collaborative practices that are disrupting and innovating. Some call this “co-opetition,” while others call it “open API business” (a nod to the app-ification of our world).

As marketers, there are three questions that we should be asking ourselves relative to the Collaborative Economy: 

1.  How does it impact my customers, products, services, distribution and pricing model?

2.   Within my organization, how do I develop a greater awareness for collaboration and sharing?

3.   If Brand = Crowd & Co, then how do I maintain control over my brand?


Next year, we will see the Collaborative Economy concept, or ideal, shift from being mostly a niche, male-dominated topic associated with Silicon Valley programmers to a mainstream topic that marketers and brands will be discussing — and looking for ways to address. Social listening indicates that men comprise double the percentage of women discussing the Collaborative Economy right now, but this is starting to change.

And just as we see women become more involved, we will also see new jobs arise, such as the “Chief Collaboration Officer” as companies introduce “Collaboration Departments” to work in tandem with marketing departments. Imagine your brand’s social media has a “collaborate” button next to “shares” and “likes.” If this were the case, social collaboration could trump social engagement.

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...Wishing you all the best in 2014

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