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Pironet NDH recertified according to ISO/IEC 27001

Cloud Computing provider satisfies most stringent requirements for information security

(PresseBox) (Cologne, ) Pironet NDH, provider of the German Business Cloud, satisfies the stringent criteria of ISO/IEC 27001, the international standard for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS). With its Business Cloud, Pironet NDH provides virtual IT resources and standard business applications as turnkey Cloud services with flexible costs (Software as a Service) from its highly-secure German data centres. The accredited certification authority of PERSICON cert AG has now confirmed the recertification. In recent months auditors from PERSICON cert examined Pironet NDH's Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) in detail. This included all regulations and measures which the Cloud provider implements to ensure information security and data protection.

Constantly growing security requirements

"The security risks have risen disproportionately in recent years," states Thomas Galley, Chief Information Security Officer at Pironet NDH. "As a provider of Cloud Computing solutions for our medium-sized business customers we therefore cannot rest on our laurels, but must constantly reconsider the requirements for our information security." The auditors therefore also checked how Pironet NDH responds to new security scenarios and will confront future threats proactively.

In addition to the annual external audit, Pironet NDH also uses internal audits to make sure, for example, that the employees act according to the security regulations in their daily work. "The best ISMS is worth nothing if the regulations are not put into practice in the company on a daily basis," adds Mr Galley. These include, for instance, provisions regarding access and admission control, risk management and handling mobile hardware.

IT protection is a hurdle for many medium-sized companies

"The effort we put into ISO certification is considerable, but it's worthwhile," says Felix Höger, Chief Executive Officer of Pironet NDH. "Our customers, and we ourselves, thus have the certainty that all the security measures connected with all aspects of our German Business Cloud comply with the highest standards in the IT industry."

Whereas up to a few years ago companies frequently had security concerns when outsourcing their IT, today they would prefer a secure, certified Cloud 'Made in Germany' to an IT environment they manage themselves. Because information security is a big hurdle for non-specialist medium-sized companies to cope with. "Our customers also look very carefully at how our ISMS is structured and in some cases also especially commission auditors to check it," explains Mr Galley.

ISO/IEC 27001 - a standard for information security

The international standard ISO/IEC 27001 specifies the requirements for implementing and maintaining an Information Security Management System, irrespective of the industry and company size. In view of the IT-based risks which exist today, this standard is an important resource for complying with and constantly enhancing information security. The customers of PERSICON cert, which has now once again confirmed Pironet NDH's compliance with the requirements of ISO/IEC 27001, include numerous DAX30 companies and a few regional and federal ministries.

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CANCOM Pironet AG & Co. KG

Pironet NDH is one of the leading German providers of cloud computing. The company, which is listed on the stock exchange and has its headquarters in Cologne, was founded in 1995, and since 2014 the affiliated group CANCOM SE, Munich, has held a majority share in it. Its focus ranges from providing corporate software over the internet right through to complete desktop solutions and business-critical applications from SAP and Microsoft.

The German Business Cloud® from Pironet NDH enables companies to utilise all options for introducing and using state-of-the-art cloud computing solutions. Pironet NDH provides IT resources and standard business applications as turnkey cloud services with flexible costs (Software as a Service) from its highly-secure German data centres. In addition, Pironet NDH supports its customers in planning, integrating and operating local private cloud and IT solutions at their own corporate locations.

The Business Cloud® is based on a set of building blocks from tried and tested cloud technologies, service components and network and infrastructure services. On this basis Pironet NDH implements holistic and tailored customer solutions.

The service offering, the IT infrastructure and also the internal organisation are all certified according to strict, internationally recognised guidelines, including, among others, DIN ISO/IEC 27001.

For customers this certification ensures the operative excellence of Pironet NDH in all processes, as well as compliance with stringent standards with respect to both technical and security aspects.

Customers include numerous medium-sized companies as well as international corporations. More information is available at: