CIRQ, an audit and certification body that is a subsidiary of the Insights Association, has awarded certification to The Olinger Group for compliance to the ISO 27001 Standard – Information technology – Security techniques – Information security management systems – Requirements. The certification has been verified by CIRQ partner PECB, globally recognized and accredited by IAS (International Accreditation Service). Accredited certification to ISO 27001 involves undertaking regular reviews and internal audits to ensure the continual improvement of the ISMS. The Olinger Group’s certification will be verified annually by CIRQ’s independent audit establishing continued compliance and protection of data.

ISO 27001 provides a framework for companies to manage their data security. It establishes requirements for information controls to manage people, processes and technology. The standard covers both the technological aspects of security as well as corporate security, physical security, etc., and relies on regular risk assessments enabling a company to consistently identify and treat security threats. ISO 27001 is accepted worldwide as an assurance that proper and continual measures have been taken to protect valuable company data.

The scope of The Olinger Group’s certification covers the management of Information Security for the processes necessary to deliver market research and consulting services to clients.

“We are very proud of achieving ISO 27001 certification. In the age of massive data breaches, organizations and their employees need peace of mind that they will not be the next big news headline,” commented CEO Jude Olinger. “The Olinger Group's commitment to information security, evidenced by our ISO 27001 certification, gives our clients that peace of mind. Their data is secured through the highest standards."

“It’s the new 'must have,'” added Chanttel Allen, Managing Director. “At the end of the day, our business is data. Protecting it must be a priority. This certification sends a strong message about our level of commitment to data security.”

About ISO 27001
ISO 27001 provides requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an information security management system. The information security management system preserves the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information by applying a risk management process and gives confidence to interested parties that risks are adequately managed. It is important that the information security management system is integrated with the organization’s processes and overall management structure and that information security is considered in the design of processes, information systems, and controls. It is expected that an information security management system implementation will be scaled in accordance with the needs of the organization. This International Standard can be used by internal and external parties to assess the organization’s ability to meet information security requirements. ISO 27001 can be mapped to other information security schemes such as Hitrust, NIST and Soc2. Compliance with the standard also enables a company to meet global security laws, such as the NIS Directive and the GDPR.

About CIRQ
A subsidiary of the Insights Association, CIRQ was established to provide assessment and certification services to market research firms seeking certification to ISO 20252, ISO 26362 and ISO 27001. CIRQ, a non-profit entity, is committed to providing timely, thorough, and impartial assessments of its customers' quality management systems or information security management systems in order to make a determination regarding certification to corresponding standards. All CIRQ auditors for ISO 20252 and 26362 have extensive experience in the market research industry. All ISO 27001 auditors are certified lead auditors and have comprehensive information security credentials. CIRQ has been established in compliance with all ISO requirements for certification bodies that provide auditing and certification services. In order to conform to its mandate of objective and impartial audits to these ISO standards, CIRQ attests to ISO/IEC 17065 Standard for Conformity assessment Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services conducted by external authorities on ISO-certification bodies.
ISO 27001 audit and certifications are conducted in collaboration with the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), an IAS-accredited certification entity and in accordance with the PECB auditing and certification procedures.

About The Olinger Group
For the past 24 years, The Olinger Group has been a national leader in market research for the world’s top companies and brands. With both quantitative and qualitative capabilities, The Olinger Group specializes in custom, primary research designed specifically towards each client’s unique set of needs. From one-off, ad hoc projects to multi-year tracking studies, The Olinger Group uncovers deep, actionable insights for clients across numerous industries, including consumer packaged goods, entertainment, finance, healthcare, retail, education and many more.

Employees are very active within the market research industry, which allows the company to employ the latest in scientific research techniques and methodologies, and remain at the forefront of industry innovation.

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