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Ribose becomes first cloud service provider outside Mainland China to complete CSA C-STAR Assessment on cloud security

24 June 2015 – Hong Kong / Guangzhou – Ribose has become the first cloud service provider (CSP) outside Mainland China to complete the Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA) C-STAR Assessment, a newly established cloud security certification scheme with a focus on Greater China.

With this latest achievement, Ribose has become one of the first organizations – and the first Software-as-a-Service CSP – certified to C-STAR Assessment, and the world’s only CSP compliant to all three of CSA’s globally recognized cloud assurance programs in the Security, Trust and Assurance Registry (STAR) family: STAR Attestation, STAR Certification, and C-STAR Assessment.

C-STAR Assessment was jointly developed by the CSA and CEPREI Certification Body as a China-focused cloud security certification that harmonizes CSA’s Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) with Chinese national standards. As a rigorous third-party assessment of a CSP’s security management, C-STAR Assessment aligns to Chinese information security requirements compliant to the following standards:

Raising the bar on established international standards, C-STAR Assessment consists of additional control requirements to those of STAR Certification and STAR Attestation, requiring 29 supplementary security and privacy controls on top of CCM 3.0.1. In particular, it requires organizations to respect and protect users’ privacy in accordance with internationally accepted privacy principles, as well as Chinese and international privacy laws and regulations, with explicit requirements on the personal-identifiable information (PII) lifecycle and risk assessments on PII.

Ribose was invited by the CSA and CEPREI to participate in the C-STAR Assessment pilot scheme based on its past participation in CSA STAR – as well as its previous collaboration with CEPREI in becoming the first CSP to complete the Hong Kong / Guangdong Cloud Security Assessment Scheme (HK/GD CSAC) pilot. Stemming from its involvement in the pilot scheme, Ribose assisted in translating C-STAR documentation and controls into English and providing feedback to the C-STAR scheme.

According to Jim Reavis, Co-founder and CEO of CSA, “We congratulate Ribose on becoming the first Cloud Service Provider outside Mainland China to complete the CSA C-STAR Assessment. As a pioneer in cloud security, Ribose has unquestionably demonstrated that Chinese and international cloud security standards are fully compatible. As the world's first CSP simultaneously certified to all three of our globally recognized assurance programs: STAR Attestation, STAR Certification, and C-STAR Assessment, Ribose has reinforced their commitment to protecting users by demonstrating their practices are triple-assured through independent validation. They definitely stand among industry role models for cloud security practices.”

“We believe C-STAR represents strong security assurance for cloud users,” said Aloysius Cheang, Managing Director APAC and the head of Standards Secretariat for the Cloud Security Alliance. “The certification process allows CSPs to simultaneously align to both international and Chinese standards, while achieving operational excellence through alignment of best practices and improved transparency. Using the CSA C-STAR Assessment, CSPs will be able to give customers greater peace of mind and a better understanding of their security management procedures.”

Mr. Zhao Guoxiang, Managing Director of CEPREI, China’s national certification body, explained, “C-STAR allows Chinese CSPs to demonstrate their commitment to cloud security, while also allowing foreign CSPs to demonstrate compliance with Chinese standards and regulations – giving them a competitive edge over other CSPs seeking to expand their operations in China. As China’s first internationally aligned cloud security assessment, C-STAR is being adopted by leading corporations including Ribose, Huawei and Bluedon – and has generated international interest from the cloud computing industry, demonstrating that Chinese and international cloud security standards are compatible and complementary.

“We would like to thank CEPREI and CSA for inviting Ribose to join the C-STAR pilot program,” said Ronald Tse, founder of Ribose. “In recent years, Asia has been a forerunner in the development of cloud security standards – with new standards being developed in Singapore, Hong Kong, Guangdong and now C-STAR, which is a nationwide Chinese standard. Based in Asia, Ribose was the first CSP to achieve Singapore’s Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS, SS 584:2013) certification, where we achieved the highest security level, Level 3. We were also the first CSP to complete the HK CSAC scheme, as well as the first CSP outside mainland China to complete the C-STAR Assessment.”

Tse continued, “Ribose respects the development of regional cloud assessment schemes as each country has different cloud security requirements. Our platform is certified to multiple national, regional and international standards because we are committed to our users – wherever they are based. The need to collaborate is natural and universal.”

“Therefore, Ribose has adopted and advocates a ‘highest-bar’ approach to cloud security. By ensuring our cloud security meets the most stringent specified requirements, we are able to provide a higher level of security for all users,” concluded Tse. “Completing the C-STAR Assessment provides our international users with the benefit of tighter security oversight for greater peace of mind in working with colleagues around the globe.”

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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 The Cloud Security Alliance

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. CSA harnesses the subject matter expertise of industry practitioners, associations, governments, and its corporate and individual members to offer cloud security-specific research, education, certification, events and products. CSA’s activities, knowledge and extensive network benefit the entire community impacted by the cloud — from providers and customers, to governments, entrepreneurs and the assurance industry — and provide a forum through which diverse parties can work together to create and maintain a trusted cloud ecosystem. CSA has developed the definitive best practices for the industry, including the “Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing”, the “Cloud Controls Matrix”, “Top Threats to Cloud Computing” and 50 other cloud security research artifacts.

For further information, visit us at www.cloudsecurityalliance.org.

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 in 1979. Originating from the Inspection Division of the China Electronic Product Reliability and Environmental Research Institute (the Fifth Electronics Research Institute of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology), the nation’s first scientific research organization engaging in product quality and reliability research, CEPREI operates in multiple jurisdictions around the world.

Accredited by CNAS (China National Accreditation Service), ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) and APMG International, its clients are well assured that their certifications are recognized worldwide.

For more information please visit: ceprei.org

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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 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 first to achieve CSA STAR Certification with new CCM 3.0.1 cloud security standard

Hong Kong, 17 November 2014 – Ribose has become the world’s first cloud service provider (CSP) to achieve STAR Certification from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) compliant to the latest Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) 3.0.1 cloud security standard. Ribose is also the first CSP to have achieved two consecutive STAR Gold Certifications, indicating the maturity level of its security controls.

STAR Certification, the internationally-recognized cloud security certification program jointly developed by CSA and BSI, specifies comprehensive and stringent cloud security requirements on CSPs. Ribose’s latest certification was awarded by BSI, and Ribose is currently the only CSP worldwide with STAR Certification compliant to the CCM 3 family of cloud security standards.

“Users depend on the Ribose platform to work and innovate with others. By achieving compliance to the most comprehensive cloud security standard to date, users can rest assured relying on Ribose for their success,” noted Ronald Tse, founder of Ribose. “Receiving two consecutive Gold ratings testifies to our commitment in protecting users’ information and privacy to the greatest extent.”

David Horlock, Asia Pacific Managing Director of BSI, remarked, “In today’s connected world, cloud security and privacy are more important than ever. In becoming the world’s first organization certified to the latest cloud security standard CCM 3.0.1, Ribose has again demonstrated its commitment to protecting its users’ data by adopting world-class best practice in cloud security.”

“Cloud security is an ongoing matter, and CSA continuously updates the CCM and the STAR Certification program to address the latest concerns. As a pioneer in cloud security, Ribose is leading the industry by certifying to the CCM 3.0.1 cloud security standard, reinforcing its commitment to providing a safe, secure collaboration platform,” explained Jim Reavis, CEO of CSA.

Aloysius Cheang, Standards Secretariat and Managing Director APAC of CSA, said, “CCM 3.0.1 represents over a year of our work in addressing the latest cloud security concerns and industry best practices. In certifying to the latest cloud security standard, Ribose gives its users confidence that their information is well-protected.”

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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 and MTCS. It is also certified to ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 20000-1 and CDSA CPS 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) helps businesses turn best practices into habits of excellence. As the world’s first national standards body and a founding member of ISO, BSI’s standards inspire excellence across the globe: bsigroup.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.

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