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Intelligent Addressing Achieves International Standard for Data Security

Posted: 21 October 2010

Intelligent Addressing (IA) has been awarded certification for ISO/IEC 27001:2005, the ISO Information Security Standard

As a data custodian and provider of national indexes for property and streets, this is applicable to the whole scope of IA's work, defined as "the provision to the public and private sectors of information management and consultancy services, relating to address location identification and street information". Together with IA's recent certification to ISO9001:2008, certification for ISO 27001:2005is the culmination of IA's efforts to constantly improve the quality of the services it offers.

ISO/IEC 27001 refers to a system for the formal control of information security by management. Being a formal specification means that it has specific requirements and as a result, organisations that have adopted it can be audited and certified compliant with the standard.

Adoption of formal quality and information security systems is a part of IA's process-oriented approach, designed to efficiently deliver the best quality data possible, whilst maintaining its security and integrity.

The standard requires management to systematically examine its information security risks, taking into account threats, vulnerabilities and impacts. A compliant organisation must design a comprehensive suite of information security controls such as risk avoidance or risk transfer to address risks that are deemed unacceptable. It must also institute an all-embracing management process to ensure that information security controls continue to meet security requirements moving forwards.

"We receive information on a daily basis from all local and highways authorities in England and Wales and we believe that it is important for us to take the custodianship of this data very seriously," said Michael Nicholson, Managing Director of Intelligent Addressing. "Because the NSG and the NLPG are mission critical for thousands of organisations across Britain it is incumbent upon us to take a rigorous approach to security and the ISO/IEC 27001 provides us with the framework to do just that. We are delighted to have been rewarded for our efforts with this certfication," continued Nicholson.

PR Contact: William Allbrook, Tel: +44(0)1666 826641, Email: [email protected]

Intelligent Addressing contact: Gayle Gander, Head of Marketing, +44(0)207 747 3500, E-mail: [email protected], www.intelligent-addressing.co.uk

Notes to editors:

The NLPG is a joint venture between all local authorities in England and Wales, the Local Government Information House, part of the Local Government Group and Intelligent Addressing Limited.

Intelligent Addressing is an information management specialist and data provider, focusing on land and property data, particularly addresses. As well as being the joint venture partner with local government in the development of the NLPG, IA also manages the national datasets for local government; the NLPG and the National Street Gazetteer (NSG). Data is an essential yet high-cost resource to maintain. IA helps organisations find, utilise and manage the information that they need and provides services to any organisation that depends on the accuracy, manageability and versatility of its information.

Local Government Information House is part of the Local Government Group. LGIH concentrates on core projects that have maximum benefit for the whole of local government. To this end, LGIH focuses on geographical information-related projects, as the standardisation of this type of data affects more than 80 per cent of what local government does. LGIH acts as an intermediary between the public and the private sector enabling it to negotiate with private companies on behalf of local authorities in order to provide key parts of a technical infrastructure for improved service delivery.

Local Government Association is the single voice for local government.

As a voluntary membership body, funded almost entirely by the subscriptions of our 422 member authorities in England and Wales, we lobby and campaign for changes in policy and legislation on behalf of our member councils and the people and communities they serve. We work with and on behalf of our members to deliver our shared vision of an independent and confident local government sector, where local priorities drive public service improvement in every city, town and village and every councillor acts as a champion for their ward and for the people they represent.


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