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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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Ribose achieves certification to ISO/IEC 27018 for cloud privacy protection

Award winning collaboration platform compliant to international cloud privacy standard

[Hong Kong] – 18 December 2015 – Ribose has achieved certification to ISO/IEC 27018, an international standard recently published by the International Standards Organization (ISO) that provides a code of practice for the protection of personally identifiable information (PII) in public clouds for PII processors.

Created as an extension of the ISO/IEC 27001 standard for information security management systems, ISO/IEC 27018 describes commonly accepted control objectives, controls and guidelines to ensure that PII data is adequately protected when processed by a cloud PII processor, providing a common compliance framework for CSPs operating in multinational markets. Based on the eleven privacy principles contained in ISO/IEC 29100, ISO/IEC 27018 specifies how to apply them within the ISMS framework for privacy protection in the cloud.

This certification means that data managed by Ribose will never be sold to a third-party for advertising, nor subcontracted to parties they may breach the integrity of users’ data. This also means that users retain full control of their data stored on Ribose, and that the company is transparent about where users’ data resides and how it is processed.

“The ISO/IEC JTC 1 SC 27 committee creates and manages the ISO/IEC 27001 family of standards, which includes ISO/IEC 27018 – Code of practice for protection of personally identifiable information (PII) in public clouds acting as PII processors. In 2014, ISO/IEC published the 1st Edition of ISO/IEC 27018 which provides control guidelines in support of an information security management system as stipulated in ISO/IEC 27001. Ribose has extended considerable effort towards advancing protection of privacy in the cloud, as recognized through its successful completion of a formal review process in 2015, and is to be commended for all their efforts,” said Dale Johnstone, Vice-Convener of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC 27 / WG 1.

“BSI is the originator of the ISO/IEC 27000 family of international information security standards, of which ISO/IEC 27018 is a part. As a contributor to the ISO/IEC 27018 standard, we worked closely with Ribose and experts from ISO/IEC JTC 1 SC 27 – the subcommittee that developed the standard – to ensure our rigorous certification program accurately assessed their adherence to the standard. We commend Ribose’s commitment to protecting its users’ privacy, and appreciate the valuable feedback they provided during the pilot program,” said Emmanuel Hervé, Vice President of Standards Professional Services, BSI Asia Pacific and Managing Director, BSI Hong Kong.

“Ribose is proud to be the first CSP that provides ISO/IEC 27018-level privacy protection to all users – including paid and free users,” explained Ronald Tse, founder of Ribose. “Our certification demonstrates that ISO/IEC 27018 is complementary with existing global and regional cloud security standards, including CSA’s CCM and C-STAR, Singapore’s MTCS and Chinese national standards.”

“As a pioneer in cloud security and privacy, we apply a ‘highest bar’ approach to implement the most stringent, internationally-certified security standards across every jurisdiction where we operate: Hong Kong, US, UK/EU, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and China. We believe that privacy is a right, not a luxury – and protecting our users’ data and privacy is paramount,” continued Tse.

Tse concluded, “In today’s connected world, privacy is more important than ever for collaborative work – which often includes confidential commercial data. With increasing amounts of sensitive information being stored in the cloud, the consequences of a data breach could be disastrous for organizations, users, and their data subjects. Privacy and security are the ultimate differentiators, and Ribose is certified to the highest standards in the world.”

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About Ribose

Ribose is the cloud collaboration platform that makes working together easy and fun while protecting users’ data with the highest, internationally certified levels of security. Triple-assured by the Cloud Security Alliance, Ribose is the world’s first cloud service provider certified to CSA STAR Attestation, CSA STAR Certification (Cloud Controls Matrix, CCM 3.0.1) and MTCS (Multi-Tier Cloud Security), 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: the highest security tier, Level 3, in MTCS and the highest maturity level, Gold, in STAR Certification.

This year, Ribose won two Gold Stevie® Awards at the 2015 International Business Awards, where it was named Most Innovative Company in Asia and Best New Collaboration Service. It was also selected as a Red Herring Top 100 Global company, joining a prestigious list of up-and-coming technology companies; and awarded the CSA APAC Enterprise Award for Security Innovation of the Year.

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

Independently assessed and accredited globally by ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) and by over 26 other accreditation bodies around the world including UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service), BSI is globally recognized as a champion of best practice.

For more information, please visit: bsigroup.com.

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Ribose becomes first organization outside UK to achieve new ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification

World’s first technology company to achieve certification by BSI

[Hong Kong] – 25 September 2015 – Cloud collaboration platform provider Ribose has become the first organization outside of the UK to achieve accredited certification to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, the newly revised international standards for Quality Management Systems and Environmental Management Systems. Ribose is also the first technology company worldwide to receive ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certification.

ISO 9001 is the world’s most widely recognized standard for quality management systems, and its latest revision was published on 23 September 2015. The standard helps organizations consistently meet the needs of customers and other key stakeholders in both the delivery and continuous improvement of products and services.

ISO 14001 is the world’s first international standard for environmental management systems, with its latest revision published on 15 September 2015. This standard helps organizations comply with environmental regulations, minimizing their environmental footprint and improving their environmental performance.

The new standards both feature a high level structure (HLS) – including terms, definitions, headings and text common to all management system standards in accordance to ISO Annex SL – allowing easier integration when implementing multiple management systems. Both of the new standards improve over previous revisions by requiring organizations to prioritize business needs, improving efficiency by implementing organizational-wide risk based thinking, better risk management, and enhanced leadership responsibility.

Ribose’s independent assessment and certification was performed by BSI (British Standards Institution), the originator of the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards, and the first globally accredited certification body for ISO 9001:2015 as well as currently the only globally accredited certification body for ISO 14001:2015, both accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). Ribose’s revised certifications were issued the day ISO 9001:2015 was published, and the day after BSI received the world’s first ISO 14001:2015 accreditation from ANAB.

Ribose’s founder Ronald Tse explained, “Ribose is honored to be the first organization outside the UK – and the first technology company in the world – to achieve compliance to the new ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards. Internationally certified, world-class corporate governance is one of our hallmarks, and we remain committed to upholding the highest standards of governance and transparency.”

“Ribose has been using the new ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 draft standards to improve internal performance since they were first published in 2014. After assessing the revisions and their implications, we’ve been able to ensure our implementation takes full advantage of the new structure to streamline operations and enhance environmental performance,” Tse continued.

Tse concluded, “Achieving certification to these latest ISO standards demonstrates Ribose’s ongoing dedication to achieving the highest levels of corporate governance and environmental responsibility.”

Emmanuel Hervé, VP, Standards & Professional Solutions and Managing Director Hong Kong of BSI, said, “Ribose has achieved a major milestone in becoming the first organization outside of the UK to achieve simultaneous certification to the newly published ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards – confirming their commitment to continuous improvement of governance, practices and performance. It is encouraging to see a smaller organization like Ribose operating to the same stringent standards as the best-managed companies in the world.”

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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.

This year, Ribose 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; and was also named Best Cloud Collaboration Platform at the 2015 Technology Innovator Awards hosted by Corporate Vision Magazine. Ribose was also included in Red Herring’s Top 100 Asia in 2015, a prestigious list of up-and-coming technology companies.

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 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.

Independently assessed and accredited globally by ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) and by over 26 other accreditation bodies around the world including UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service), BSI is globally recognized as a champion of best practice.

For more information, please visit: bsigroup.com.

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Ribose achieves Asia's first ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 certifications!

We're the first (outside of UK) to achieve the new ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 certifications!  Goes to show how committed we are to excellent governance.  Woo hoo!


  1. Both certifications are awarded by BSI and accredited by ANAB, the only Accreditation Body that has approved CBs as of now.

  2. Our 14001 certification is the 2nd accreditated certification in BSI, and of worldwide! (which is the only accredited CB currently)

  3. Our 9001 certification is among the first 4 accreditated certifications from BSI (3 are from UK)!

 

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