eCOGRA awards highest ISO/IEC 27001
Certification to Kindred Group and PAF.
For many years, eCOGRA has set the
standard for iGaming certification. Any website bearing the eCOGRA
seal of accreditation was considered to have met and maintained
the highest standards in safe and fair online gambling practices.
Now, eCOGRA’s certification standards offer a new level
banner-bearing integrity for operators that’s promoting the highest
level of accreditation ever imagined.
The industry’s oldest and most respected
iGaming software testing lab is now offering a new certification seal
known as ISO/IEC 27001. It is an information security
management standard that’s already gained international recognition
for meeting the strict guidelines of the International
Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and International
Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
eCOGRA is encouraging operators to review their
systems and apply for this new certification standard, as they point
to evidence suggesting it may soon be a requirement of Europe’s most
respected remote gambling jurisdictions. Already, the auditor notes,
several jurisdictions, including Czech Republic, Denmark, Great
Britain, Portugal, Romaniam, Spain and Sweden, are waiving certain
security auditing requirements for any licensed operator that bears
the latest seal.
What does ISO/IEC 27001 Certification mean?
ECOGRA describes the new “27001”
cert as having the following benefits:
A demonstration of trust and credibility to
players and other stakeholders, that sensitive information is
appropriately secured and managed in accordance with an
internationally recognised standard;
Cost savings and reputational protection
through reduction in security incidents;
Improvement of an organisation’s ability to
recover from disasters and continue business as usual;
The implementation of a management system that
assists in identifying information security risks consistently and
proactively, and mechanisms to manage or reduce these risks;
An appropriate internal control environment
for sustaining and supporting organisational growth;
Creating a business differentiator
(competitive advantage) over similar organisations in the industry;
Provision of significant third-party
attestation that an organisation has successfully structured its
processes into a management system that ensures confidentiality,
integrity, and availability of information assets pursuant to the
requirements of regulators, applicable laws and business needs; and
Augmentation of management confidence in the
information security arrangements.
Kindred Group and PAF Awarded New eCOGRA Seal
On July 17, 2019, eCOGRA issued a press
release announcing that Penningautomatförening (aka PAF) and Kindred Group (formerly Unibet),
have been awarded the latest and greatest stamp of accreditation,
known officially as ISO/IEC 27001:2013 standards for
Information Security Management Systems.
The announcement states:
“This certification now places Paf and Kindred Group amongst a limited number of online gambling organisations that have achieved this prestigious certification, demonstrating their commitment to protecting the security of their customers’ and other stakeholders’ data.”
PAF is a Finnish operator of land-based and
online casinos dating back to 1966. It is based on the Åland
Islands, owned by the government of Åland, and operating for the
betterment of the local population. As such, PAF’s operations have
always been geared heavily towards social responsibility, twice
winning an award from eGaming Review for being the most socially
responsible gaming company.
Kindred Group is the owner and operator of
nearly a dozen online casino, poker, bingo and sports betting
denizens, including those of its former namesake, Unibet.
Sustainability has long been among their top priorities, making the
reception of ISO/IEC 27001 Certification all the more important.
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