Hillard Heintze Achieves Highly Coveted BSI Certification for its Information Security Management System (ISMS)
A Rare Achievement in Its Industry, Hillard Heintze’s ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Certification Provides Clients with a High Level of Assurance in the Firm’s Ability to Protect Information
CHICAGO, IL, May 18, 2017 – Hillard Heintze announced today that it has achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2013 information security certification as established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and awarded by the BSI Group, the independent and accredited national standards body of the United Kingdom. As an internationally recognized mark that represents quality, reliability and continual improvement, the BSI Assurance Mark – and certification itself – confirms that Hillard Heintze operates an information security management system that fully meets the standard’s strict requirements.
“Given the magnitude of global threats from cyber criminals today, we deeply believe that every professional service organization must take diligent and meticulous precautions to keep its informational assets – and those of is clients – as secure as possible – particularly in our core industries: security risk management, threat and violence risk management, private client and family offices services, investigations and law enforcement consulting,” CEO Arnette Heintze said. “This is about a commitment to making and achieving excellence in how we protect information by embedding international best practices in information security deeply within virtually every facet of our operating environment.”
Earlier in the year, Hillard Heintze conducted a search for a proven, nationally recognized partner with extensive experience in obtaining and maintaining compliance and certification with standards and regulations – a search that resulted in the firm’s selection of Radian Compliance. “Radian proved to be an excellent choice. Their consultants knew exactly what they were doing – and what we needed to fix, improve or initiate in order to achieve a higher level of information security.”
Lisa Dubrock, Managing Partner of Radian remarked on the satisfaction her team feels when their clients are successful. “In fact, according to the most recent ISO survey,” she noted, “as of the end of 2015 only 1,247 companies in the United States had achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2013. Hillard Heintze is, to our knowledge, one of the first, if not the first, security risk management firm to obtain this certification.”
Rather than simply a point-in-time snapshot of the firm’s information security practices, certification is focused on the proper design of core processes, technologies and capabilities and documented, auditable evidence that are systematically maintained and improved continuously over time.
Ken Bouche, Hillard Heintze’s Chief Operating Officer agrees. “If you have never been through this particular certification process, I can tell you it takes months and is extremely rigorous. We are very pleased to be certified and are in the process of sharing this positive development with our clients.”
About Hillard Heintze
As one of the leading security risk management and investigations firms in the United States, Hillard Heintze protects people, performance, interests and reputations. The firm’s core practices – Security Risk Management, Threat & Violence Risk Management, Investigations and Law Enforcement Consulting – provide insight, deliver assurance and instill confidence worldwide. Headquartered in Chicago, Hillard Heintze also has operations in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Florida, New York, Michigan, and California as well as operating capabilities across North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
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