An independent online gambling testing and compliance advisory company, eCOGRA, has become the first testing agency to be authorised to offer operators and suppliers accredited International Standards Organisation ISO 27001 certifications for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS).
eCOGRA-First Authorised Test House
Online gambling regulators are increasingly encouraging licensees and service providers to obtain ISO 27001 certification and eCOGRA has become the first test house to actually be authorised. On this occasion, eCOGRACEO Andrew Beveridge has recently explained it is clear that a growing number of online gambling regulators are already moving towards a requirement for licence holders and their service providers to achieve this accreditation.
Mr Beveridge explained:"Jurisdictions such as Denmark, Great Britain, Portugal, Romania and Spain already waive certain security auditing requirements in the event that the licence holder is ISO 27001 certified, enabling the independent testing and certification process to be expedited with potentially significant cost and effort savings."
In case some individuals are not familiar with ISO 27001, it is an internationally recognised information security management standard that ensures organisations can apply a framework to business processes to help identify, manage and reduce risks to information security, and considers not only IT but all business operations.
CompanyEngaged with Major Suppliers
eCOGRA director, Tex Rees, said that the company has already engaged with numerous major service providers and operators for the new service, in which there has been a significant interest. "We undertook this initiative in direct response to the growing demand for ISO 27001 certifications by regulators, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders in the online gambling industry," she said.
“eCOGRA obtained ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 accreditation from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).”
"In order to provide ISO 27001 certifications, eCOGRA obtained ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 accreditation from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), a prerequisite for accredited certification bodies in order to prove that they are competent to carry out third-party certifications and audits of ISMS."
London-based internationally approved testing house,eCOGRA, was founded fourteen years ago. One of its main criteria is to establish and improve operational standards and player safety requirements in the online gambling space. So far, eCOGRA has gained a lot of experience in implementing international best practice standards and requirements,by constantly ensuring these are maintained through regular review and monitoring.
eCOGRA is staffed by professional auditors with Big 4 auditing firm experience, information system experts, game testers and responsible gambling specialists, and acts as a regulatory audit partner to many of the largest multi-jurisdictional operators in the online gambling industry. Some of its partners include Bet365 Casino, BetClic Casino, 32Red Casino, 888 Casino, Bwin.Party Partners, Betvictor Casino, bet-at-home Casino and Fortune Lounge Group Casinos.