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Ribose becomes first collaboration platform to complete UK Cyber Essentials Plus

20 May 2015 – London / Hong Kong – Ribose has become the world’s first collaboration platform to complete the UK Cyber Essentials Plus assessment, a UK Government-backed and industry-supported scheme that helps to protect businesses against cyber threats.

Launched in June 2014, Cyber Essentials was developed by CESG (the information security arm of GCHQ) and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in conjunction with BSI (British Standards Institution), the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium and the Information Security Forum (ISF). Since October 2014, Cyber Essentials certification has been mandatory for UK central government ICT (Information and Communications Technology) suppliers that handle sensitive and personal information.

A two-level program, Cyber Essentials certification is awarded upon completion of a self-assessment questionnaire with independent verification. Cyber Essential Plus certification is optional, and provides a higher level of assurance through independent security controls testing by an external certifying body, focusing on resilience against external cyber threats.

“Ribose is proud to be the world’s first collaboration platform to achieve both Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essential Plus certification,” commented Ronald Tse, founder of Ribose. “After being awarded our Cyber Essentials certification by IASME in August 2014, we were excited to receive Cyber Essential Plus certification accredited by CREST following an independent assessment by Cyberis.”

“Cyber Essentials Plus provides independent, third-party verification of our security systems and controls, and also demonstrates our commitment to information security – especially in respect of the UK market,” Tse explained.

According to Geoff Jones, Director of Cyberis, "Cyberis is pleased to award a successful pass certificate to Ribose under the CREST Cyber Essentials Plus scheme. This shows a clear commitment to information security within Ribose, and demonstrates fundamental technical security controls are in place to help defend against Internet-borne threats."

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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), STAR Attestation and STAR Certification (CCM 3.0.1), Ribose has been consistently awarded the industry's highest cloud security ratings year after year: including 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, 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 Cyberis

Cyberis is a company of the CESG IT Health Check Service and is an information security consultancy that prides itself in offering pragmatic solutions for risk management and remediation. Cyberis works closely with clients to understand their business pressures and information assets, and to provide relevant and contextualized advice to meet their information security needs.

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Ribose approved for use by all UK Government departments through G-Cloud

Powerful internationally-certified collaboration platform available free of charge

London, 30 July 2014 – Cloud collaboration platform Ribose has been approved for use by all UK Government agencies through the G-Cloud 5 framework. Ribose’s services are now available to over 29,000 UK public sector bodies free of charge.

Consisting of a series of framework agreements with suppliers, the G-Cloud initiative aims to ease procurement of cloud computing information technology services for UK Government departments by eliminating the need for full tenders or competitive procurement processes.

“Now available to all UK Government departments through the G-Cloud framework, Ribose helps agencies collaborate efficiently and effectively online,” explained Ronald Tse, founder of Ribose. “Users can set up online communities within minutes on Ribose, allowing government personnel to work together with external parties in a secure cloud environment – accessible from anywhere in the world at any time, completely free of charge.”

As a leader in cloud security, Ribose is the world’s first collaboration platform to achieve ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, the first organization to achieve Multi-Tiered Cloud Security (MTCS) certification from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the first and only organization to have achieved Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA) STAR Certification at the highest possible Gold rating - satisfying the latest cloud security standard, CCM 3. Ribose has also achieved the CDSA CPS certification for intellectual property security and has consistently been awarded the lowest risk rating possible.

Ribose is also certified to the international standard for business continuity, ISO 22301:2012, as well as the international standard for integrated management systems, PAS 99:2012.

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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/IEC 27001, CSA STAR, CDSA CPS and IDA MTCS. Ribose is available through the UK Government's G-Cloud and is free to use: http://www.ribose.com.

For further details, find Ribose on CloudStore and see Ribose’s G-Cloud service.

About G-Cloud

Core to the “Cloud First” strategy, the UK Government G-Cloud consists of a series of framework agreements with suppliers, from which public sector bodies can start using services without going through complex tendering processes.

All government departments, devolved administrations, local authorities, wider public sector bodies and arm’s length bodies are eligible to buy services on CloudStore, an online marketplace listing G-Cloud services available to the public sector.

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