Software company, Achievers, becomes first in North America to attain CSA STAR Certification

April 7, 2014

Third-party assessment demonstrates Achievers ongoing commitment to the
security of its 200 global customers

TORONTO, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – BSI Group Canada Inc., today announced that Achievers, a leading provider of cloud-based employee software and services, is
the first North American company to complete the certification process
to Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) STAR Certification, a rigorous third
party assessment of the security for a cloud service provider.

“The initiative and leadership that Achievers has demonstrated by being
the first in North America to attain CSA STAR Certification, shows that
they are not only committed to a high level of security for their
customers, but to being industry leaders in secure service delivery,”
said Todd VanderVen, President, BSI Americas. “We strive to support and
drive business excellence and Achievers is a fine demonstration of that

CSA STAR Certification is the first comprehensive third party assessment
for cloud service providers (CSPs) in the world. It builds on the
ISO/IEC 27001 information security management system standard, which
Achievers has also attained, by adding additional controls developed by
the CSA known as the Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM). This program gives
companies more visibility into the security of specific areas of their
business and provides more transparency to cloud service buyers.

“We are committed to maintaining the highest levels of security and are
investing the dollars required to protect our customers and their data.
It provides our customers the peace of mind to have the highest trust
in our software and services. It’s critical to their business,” said
Patrick D. Quirk, CEO and President, Achievers Corp. Quirk continued on
to say, “we achieved ISO 27001 certification and are the only cloud
provider in our category to accomplish this. Now with STAR
certification we have visibility into the security of every area of our
business. These certifications are a game changer.”

Vishal Sharma, Information Security Officer with Achievers was brought
on in 2012 to spearhead the adoption of ISO 27001 and now CSA STAR
Certification. Both have been done in partnership with BSI Canada.

“The security of a system is only as strong as its weakest link,” said
Sharma. “That is why a process like CSA STAR Certification is so
critical to continually improving the quality of our software. We now
have the visibility to assess risk in specific areas and on continuous
basis, which allows us to prioritize where we need to invest when
adapting to changing security needs. As the first company in North
America to successfully complete such a detailed review of our security
we can confidently say that we are truly superior to our competitors.”

BSI Group launched STAR Certification in partnership with the Cloud
Security Alliance in September 2013 in Scotland.

About Achievers

Achievers delivers the only true cloud-based Employee Success Platform(TM)
that enables remarkable business success. Designed specifically to meet
the complex needs of today’s changing, modern workplace, it is the most
engaging software specifically designed to engage, align and recognize
employees. It is software employees love to use every day in over 110
countries. Learn how your company can change the way the world works at

About BSI

BSI continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by
helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably
through the adoption of international management systems standards,
many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence,
BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including aerospace,
construction, energy, engineering, finance, healthcare, IT and retail.
With over 70,000 clients in 150 countries, BSI is an organization whose
standards inspire excellence across the globe.

To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com

SOURCE BSI (British Standards Institution)

Source: PR Newswire

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