According to Peter Wood, the CEO of the company and a member of the security conference committee for ISACA, the not-for-profit security association, the attainment of ISO certification is a major feather in the cap of the firm and a reflection of the dedication, as well as the enthusiasm, of his team.
"I have been working in the IT industry since the 1960s and realised early on that you only get out of the IT business what you are prepared to put in. This is why I'm an active member of ISACA and a number of other security associations", he said.
"It's worth noting that ISO 9001 certification has only been achieved by about five per cent of UK businesses and ISO 27001 by less than one per cent of firms. These prestigious awards are supported by the Government and recognised world-wide", he added.
ISO 27001 certification, he explained, requires that companies meet an information security management system (ISMS) standard, in other words that their information security controls are organised and under firm control.
The requirements of the ISO certification include measures such as routine risk and vulnerability assessments and continuous process improvements, with annual audits to check compliance.
This highly professional approach to security - including regular audits and risk assessments - is something that First Base recommends to its clients, but the fact that the company has now been certified by an external and recognised agency as 'practising what it preaches' is something that will help to add weight to the firm's recommendations.