Security of Equipment and Infrastructure (ISO Certifications)

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  • March 16, 2016

Below is a continuing series on security topics related to education technology and ClassLink. The original post is here.


Infrastructure Security… Then and Now

Back in the day (maybe not so far back for some schools!) network servers and other important computer equipment were kept in storage and janitor closets at the end of a hallway. These high tech broom closets served a helpful role while ed-tech was young and new. Now that we are more mature and wiser, our security expectations of equipment and infrastructure have a more refined palate.

Today there are generally accepted standards for security and these standards help build credibility and confidence around the world. The International Organization for Standardization, or ISO, is an organization dedicated to developing, publishing and advocating international standards on a wide range of areas. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, they are the gold standard when it comes to many areas of technology and business having published over 19,000 standards.

In 2005, a joint subcommittee of ISO and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) began formulating what would become a family of standards related to Information Security referring to them as the ISO 27000-series standards. Their first standard, ISO 27001, is still going strong today and is among the most widely referenced standards for information security in a datacenter. Operators of major datacenters typically engage experts to audit their facilities and business processes to determine if they meet the requirements to be ISO 27001 Certified.

 

ClassLink and ISO27001

ClassLink uses two datacenter providers to host and deliver our cloud software. These two providers are Amazon and Rackspace. Below are their respective statements on security and ISO 27001 certifications.
 

Amazon , Amazon ISO 27001 Cert

Rackspace, Rackspace ISO 27001 Cert

 

As always, if you have questions just call us and we’ll be glad to cover these or any other topic in greater detail.

-Berj
Founder and CEO