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Ribose named Best Cloud Collaboration Platform in 2015 Technology Innovator Awards

Hong Kong – 8 September 2015 – Ribose was named Best Cloud Collaboration Platform in the 2015 Technology Innovator Awards hosted by the Corporate Vision Magazine.

Ribose joined other winners including AIG, Level 3 Communications and Standard Life in accepting the award for its cloud collaboration platform, which democratizes collaboration technology - previously only affordable to large enterprises and government organizations - by putting world-class security and technology into the hands of all users.

Announced on 3 September, the 2015 Technology Innovator Awards highlight the individuals departments and firms who, through their commitment, experience and willingness to explore and take advantages of the opportunities presented, are developing and sharing the technology that will continue to enhance and fundamentally alter the business world for the better for many years to come. Award winners are decided by a combination of votes gathered from Corporate Vision Magazine’s network of respected industry partners and rigorous in-house research, performed by a dedicated network of industry insiders and corporate specialists.

Capturing the attention of the technology and business worlds, Ribose has been featured in Fortune and TechTarget. Accessible anywhere, offering enterprise-level service dependability, and complying with international governance standards – the Ribose platform gives users peace of mind to focus on their tasks at hand. Ribose provides high levels of security for all users by meeting the most stringent specified requirements worldwide, advocating a ‘highest-bar’ approach to cloud security.

In addition to winning the Technology Innovator Award, Ribose also won two Gold Stevie® Awards at the 2015 International Business Awards, where it was named Most Innovative Company in Asia and also Best New Collaboration Service.

Ribose founder Ronald Tse remarked, “Ribose is very happy to receive this positive acknowledgment of our product and our mission. This award truly stands as testament to our team’s dedication and hard work. I also must thank everyone who nominated and voted for Ribose – we are honored for this recognition of our world-class collaboration platform that makes working together easy and fun.”

“Users often rely on our platform to create high-value, mission-critical results involving important intellectual property or highly confidential information. With this in mind, we need to be aware of our users’ real-world needs – which they might not express or even realize. Ribose’s world-class security stems from this philosophy, and it’s a commitment that our users genuinely appreciate,” explained Tse.

According to Technology Innovator Awards Co-ordinator Laura Hunter, “It goes without saying that technology is continually improving and transforming both the business world and our everyday lives. Ribose has proven that its innovative collaboration platform fills a unique need in the industry – and its continued development paves the way for the future of highly secure, easy-to-use collaboration software.”

To learn more about the 2015 Technology Innovator Awards, view the list of winners and discover the stories behind their success, please visit corp-vis.com.

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About Ribose

Ribose is a cloud collaboration platform that makes working together easy and fun while keeping your data safe. As the world’s first cloud service provider certified to MTCS (Multi-Tier Cloud Security), CSA STAR Attestation, CSA STAR Certification (Cloud Controls Matrix, CCM 3.0.1) and the first Software-as-a-Service platform to complete the CSA C-STAR Assessment, Ribose has been consistently awarded the industry's highest cloud security ratings year after year: the highest security tier, Level 3, in MTCS and the highest maturity level, Gold, in STAR Certification.

Ribose is also certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO/IEC 20000, ISO 22301, ISO/IEC 27001, 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 Corporate Vision Magazine

Created by a highly experienced and passionate team of business experts, advisors and insiders, Corporate Vision provides discerning readers worldwide with a wealth of news, features and comment on the corporate issues of the day.

Corporate Vision boasts a truly global reach, with a subscriber list that reaches 170,000 top-tier professionals from Europe to the US, Africa to Asia and includes some of the most prominent CEOs and leading figures from the worlds of technology, training and education, marketing, innovation and design, products and services, support services and strategy.

Learn more at corp-vis.com.

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Ribose achieves world’s first CSA STAR Attestation from Ernst & Young: First CSP to achieve STAR Attestation and STAR Certification simultaneously

Hong Kong / Seattle / London, 14 January 2015 – Ribose has become the world’s first cloud service provider (CSP) to achieve Cloud Security Alliance's (CSA) STAR Attestation, and is currently the only CSP to have achieved both STAR Certification and STAR Attestation.

STAR Attestation provides a framework for Certified Public Accountants to express an opinion of key factors relating to CSPs’ service descriptions, as well as suitability and effectiveness of systems controls. Ribose’s achievement was accomplished through completing a Service Organization Controls (SOC) 2 attestation performed by global professional services organization Ernst & Young (EY), using criteria from the 2014 edition of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA) Trust Service Principles and Criteria (TSP 100) together with CSA’s Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) 3.0.1.

According to Jim Reavis, CEO of CSA, “Our mission is to promote trust and transparency in the cloud, and STAR Attestation plays a key role in achieving this goal. As the first CSP to achieve STAR Attestation, Ribose has strengthened its position as a pioneer in cloud security – and also proven the tremendous value of demonstrating cloud security compliance through AICPA attestations with CCM. This is a major milestone for both Ribose and CSA.”

“This engagement is the first STAR Attestation globally, representing a significant achievement for Ribose, CSA and EY. In fact, our professionals had to develop new methodology to integrate the new CCM and TSP 100 standards in a streamlined attestation process,” explained Vincent Chan, Advisory Services Leader for EY Hong Kong and Macau. “EY was a natural choice for Ribose’s attestation as our partners were involved with the development of the STAR attestation scheme.”

Ribose founder Ronald Tse remarked, “Achieving STAR Attestation in conjunction with our existing STAR Certification is powerful, independent proof that Ribose provides the highest standards of security and availability – which means our users can rely on our platform to collaborate on valuable intellectual property and confidential data with peace of mind.”

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About Ribose

Ribose is a cloud collaboration platform that makes working together easy and fun. A forerunner in cloud security, Ribose is the world’s first cloud service provider certified to MTCS, STAR Attestation and STAR Certification (CCM 3.0.1). It is also certified to ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 20000, CDSA CPS and SOC standards, and approved by the UK Government’s G-Cloud program for government use.

Ribose is free to use: ribose.com.

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: cloudsecurityalliance.org­­.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. For more information, visit ey.com.

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Ribose becomes first cloud service provider to complete Hong Kong/Guangdong cloud security assessment and certification pilot scheme

Hong Kong/Guangzhou, 14 January 2015Ribose has completed the first Hong Kong/Guangdong cloud security assessment and certification pilot scheme.

Supported by the Hong Kong/Guangdong Expert Committee on Cloud Computing Services and Standards, the scheme is sponsored by the Economic and Information Commission of Guangdong Province (GDEI) and operated by Guangzhou-based CEPREI Certification Body. The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) coordinates Hong Kong cloud service providers’ (CSPs’) participation in the scheme.

The scheme evaluates CSPs’ compliance with CEPREI’s newly developed cloud security management standard, based on international and China-specific information security and data protection standards, including: GB/T 22080-2008 (ISO/IEC 27001:2005), GB/T 22239-2008, GB/Z 28828-2012 and CSA’s Cloud Control Matrix 3.0.

Ribose represented Hong Kong as one of the participants in the pilot scheme, helping to improve standards and operational details, by drawing on its experience in cloud security compliance and best practices.

“We are pleased that Ribose, a pioneer in cloud security, participated in the pilot scheme. Given its small company size, Ribose’s achievement demonstrates its excellence in innovation,” remarked Victor Lam, the Acting Government Chief Information Officer of Hong Kong. “Ribose has shown Hong Kong’s strength as Asia’s leading digital city and our natural advantage in connecting China to the world.”

Liu Xiaoyin, Technical Director of CEPREI, commented, “As China’s first cloud security certification body, we believe regional cloud security standards must harmonize with international specifications. The fact that Ribose, a non-mainland-China-based company, has successfully completed the assessment demonstrates that Chinese and international standards are compatible and complementary.”

“Ribose was honored to participate in this cross-border cloud security assessment pilot,” said Ronald Tse, founder of Ribose. “As the first CSP to pass the assessment, Ribose demonstrated that our systems meet the highest international and Chinese information security standards. With our security focus, our customers in China can freely collaborate and innovate with confidence and peace of mind.”

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About Ribose

Ribose is a cloud collaboration platform that makes working together easy and fun. A forerunner in cloud security, Ribose is the world’s first cloud service provider certified to CSA STAR using CCM 3.0.1 and MTCS. It is also certified to ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 20000-1, CDSA CPS and SOC standards, and approved by the UK Government’s G-Cloud program for government use.

Ribose is free to use: ribose.com.

About OGCIO

The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government provides leadership for the development of information and communications technology (ICT) within and outside the Government, and is responsible for ICT policies, strategies, programs and measures under the Digital 21 Strategy: ogcio.gov.hk

About CEPREI Certification Body

CEPREI Certification Body is the leading third-party certification body in China, having first introduced the concept of certification to China. Originating from the China Electronic Product Reliability and Environmental Research Institute (the Fifth Electronic Institute), the nation’s first scientific research organization engaging in product quality and reliability research, CEPREI operates internationally: ceprei.org

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Ribose receives Hong Kong’s first SOC 2 / 3 reports from Ernst & Young -- Compliant to newly released AICPA TSP 100 common criteria and CSA’s CCM

Hong Kong, 15 December 2014 – Ribose received its first Service Organization Controls (SOC) 2 and SOC 3 reports – as well as the SysTrust seal – from international auditing firm Ernst & Young (EY).

SOC 2 and 3 are widely recognized attestations, providing independent validation that companies’ internal controls comply with applicable American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) Trust Services Principles and Criteria (TSP 100).

SOC 2 Type II is an internal control report regarding risks associated with organizations’ services, including detailed testing of controls. SOC 3 is intended for public consumption and includes fewer details than SOC 2.

TSP 100, newly released in 2014, supersedes TSP section 100A from 2009 and features a consolidated set of “common criteria” replacing previously separated principles: security, availability, processing integrity, and confidentiality. This standard applies to attestations after 15 December 2014.

Ribose and EY adopted the revised standard as early as permitted by the AICPA. Ribose’s SOC 2 Type II and SOC 3 reports are based on TSP 100 security and availability principles, together with controls from CSA’s newly launched Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) 3.0.1.

In completing the attestation, Ribose received the first SOC 2 Type II report in Hong Kong; and became the first organization to receive SOC 2 / SOC 3 reports complying to both AICPA TSP 100 and CSA’s CCM. Ribose’s SOC reports are among the earliest reports utilizing AICPA’s new common criteria.

“This engagement represents a significant milestone for EY and Ribose. We successfully integrated into our existing attestation methodology these new standards and streamlined processes to achieve multiple certifications,” said Vincent Chan, Advisory Services Leader for EY Hong Kong and Macau. “Ribose chose EY as their attestation partner as we are familiar with their operating environment, and our EY professionals have extensive experience and knowledge of cloud operations and security.”

Ribose founder Ronald Tse explained, “Ribose is dedicated to helping people collaborate better; and the quality, security and reliability of our platform are paramount to achieving this goal. Our SOC 2 / 3 examinations demonstrate that we have appropriate controls in place to mitigate security and availability risks – meaning organizations faced with compliance requirements around sensitive data can fully leverage the Ribose platform.”

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About Ribose

Ribose is a cloud collaboration platform that makes working together easy and fun. A forerunner in cloud security, Ribose is the world’s first cloud service provider certified to CSA STAR (CCM 3.0.1) and MTCS. It is also certified to ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 20000, CDSA CPS and SOC standards, and approved by the UK Government’s G-Cloud program for government use.

Ribose is free to use: ribose.com.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. For more information, visit ey.com.

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Ribose joins CSA to promote international standards for cloud security

Hong Kong, 23 June 2014 – Ribose, a start-up redefining the way people collaborate, has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) to help promote security in cloud computing. CSA developed the first industry-accepted standard for cloud security, the Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM), and its other members include tech luminaries such as Amazon, HP and Microsoft.

Ribose is the first organization in the world to adopt the CCM 3.0 security standard, achieving STAR Gold Certification, and is committed to developing and promoting industry best practice in cloud and security standards.

Ribose Founder Ronald Tse, who sits on ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC27, the committee responsible for the international information security standard ISO/IEC 27001, and is also a member of the CSA International Standardization Council, explains, “Ribose respects the privacy of our user data, and we are committed to promoting safe cloud computing over an open Internet. Working together with the CSA, we can drive cloud service providers to strengthen their cloud security and promote greater responsibility and accountability in the cloud service industry.”

Aloysius Cheang, Standards Secretariat and Managing Director APAC of CSA, said, “The CSA leads a lot of cloud research and continuously extends the possibilities of cloud computing through enhanced security. We are very glad that Ribose, a pioneer in cloud computing security in Asia, is joining the CSA. We also welcome Ronald, who brings his extensive technical experience to CSA’s International Standardization Council, which has been pivotal in the activities leading to the development of cloud security related international standards since 2011.”

Jim Reavis, Co-founder of the CSA, added, “As a pioneer in cloud security controls, Ribose is the very first provider worldwide to achieve STAR Certification with the latest CSA cloud standard, CCM3. We are delighted to welcome Ribose to the CSA, and we are certain that Ribose will contribute positively in protecting users’ data in the cloud.”

In conclusion, Tse remarked, “With Ribose’s commitment to the highest levels of information security, our users can collaborate with confidence. By actively participating in the world’s leading security and standards bodies like the CSA, Ribose is helping to guide the industry towards increasingly secure and accountable cloud computing.”

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About Ribose

Ribose makes collaborating easy and fun. Whether planning business projects or social events, the Ribose platform helps users collaborate through world-class security certified to the highest standards, including ISO 27001, CSA STAR and CDSA CPS. Also available as part of the UK Government's G-Cloud program, Ribose is free to use: http://www.ribose.com.

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, the CSA also provides education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing: http://www.cloudsecurityalliance.org­­

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