Tata Interactive Systems (TIS), the global e-learning pioneer, has announced that it has joined an elite group of organizations worldwide which have been assessed and certified as achieving the British Standards Institute (BSI)’s information security management standard, BS7799. TIS has recently received BS7799: 2:2002 certification for the design and development of custom-built and product-based e-learning solutions.
“Since information is a fundamental organizational asset, every organization needs to enjoy – and be confident that it enjoys - a high degree of information security”, said TIS’s CEO, Sanjaya Sharma.
“The key to this confidence is the attainment of the BSI’s information security management BS7799 certification”, added Manoj Kutty, TIS’s Dallas TX-based Worldwide President of Sales and Marketing. “BS7799 applies to all sectors of industry and commerce and addresses the security of information stored or transmitted across multiple formats – print, electronic, post, email, audio-visual and verbal”.
The certification was awarded through Det Norske Veritas (DNV), an independent, knowledge-based organisation, based in Oslo, Norway, and operating in several industries internationally. DNV has assessed and certified the information security at a number of prestigious organizations including GE Capital International Services and Infosys Technologies.
“The real beneficiaries of this are Tata Interactive Systems’ many clients”, Sanjaya Sharma said. “They can now be completely confident that any information that give us – to be included in the e-learning materials we develop for them, for example – is 100 per cent secure”.
Achieving a BS7799 certification is a substantial task involving rigorous procedures. It requires not only the assessment of compliance levels for different information systems but also involves developing an information security management system (ISMS) that satisfies the requirements of BS7799.
This involves three steps:
1. The creation of a management framework of information.
2. The identification and assessment of security risks.
3. The selection and implementation of controls.
Obtaining a BS7799 certificate guarantees that the organization has addressed, implemented and controlled its security information across different levels. The certification:
• Establishes that the relevant legislation and regulations are being met.
• Ensures that a commitment to information security exists at all levels throughout the organization.
• Demonstrates credibility and trust.
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About Tata Interactive Systems
Tata Interactive Systems (TIS) is a global pioneer in e-learning. A part of the $14 billion Tata Group—one of the largest and most trusted business conglomerates in India—TIS has 15 years of experience in training consulting, designing, and developing innovative and cutting-edge workforce performance enhancement solutions. Its service bouquet includes Consulting; Simulations and Simulation-based Learning Objects (SimBLs™); Story-based Learning Objects (StoBLs™); Game-based Learning Objects (GamBLs™); IT Application Training; Regulatory and Compliance Training; Adaptive Assessments; Sales and Customer Service Training; New Hire Training; Electronic Performance Support Systems (EPSS); and Business Processes and Skills Training.
TIS employs a global team of 850 multi-disciplinary specialists—a unique mix of Project Managers, Software Engineers, Instructional Designers, Content Developers, Visual Designers, and Animators. It has a strong presence in the US, with operations spread across seven cities—Atlanta, Boston, Carlsbad, Chicago, Dallas, New Jersey, and San Jose—serviced by its development teams stationed locally. In keeping with the co-shoring model, the teams are managed by on-site Project Managers who co-ordinate with the clients and drive the project operations.
Powered by creative talent, sound processes, and technological excellence, TIS has developed 950+ e-learning solutions for more than 300 clients—including more than 50 Fortune 500 companies—across the US, UK, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Its client roster includes leading corporations, renowned educational institutions and government bodies such as Allstate, American Airlines, Abbey National, American Honda Finance Corporation, British Airways, Citigroup, Cigna, ExxonMobil, Florida Virtual School, GE, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett Packard, Motorola, McKinsey & Co., McGraw-Hill, UNICEF, Unilever, University of Maryland, and University of Phoenix.
Apart from holding ISO 9001 and BS7799 certification, TIS is the only e-learning organization in the world to be assessed at Level 5 in both the SEI CMM and P-CMM frameworks. Classified as a Visionary in the Gartner Group’s coveted ‘magic quadrant,’ TIS’s quest for innovation and excellence is reflected in 20 prestigious industry awards, including Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Award 2004; APEX 2004 Award of Excellence; Best Product at the British Educational Training and Technology (BETT) Show 2004; Training Magazine’s APX Award 2003; and Best E-learning Provider, Best B2B Web Site, and Best Educational Total Comprehensive Solution at the SIIA Codie Awards 2002.