CIRQ (the Certification Institute for Research Quality), an International Standards Organization (ISO) audit and certification body that is a subsidiary of the Insights Association, has awarded certification to Portland, Oregon-based Hansa|GCR, LLC for compliance to ISO 27001, one of the most widely recognized and internationally accepted information security standards.

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. Hansa|GCR’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 Hansa|GCR’s certification covers the management of Information Security for the processes necessary to deliver market research and consulting services to clients.

Hansa|GCR’s president, Wayne Marks, commented: “We embarked on this certification process to ensure we had in place the requisite safeguards to protect our data and our client’s information. While we have always made information security a priority, in applying the ISO 27001 standards we have found tangible benefits in formalizing our data protection processes and the less tangible value of a company culture infused with an even greater level of caution and awareness.”

To achieve ISO certification, Hansa|GCR engaged in an in-depth risk assessment, a comprehensive review of all information security policies and procedures, and internal audits. As a further step in the validation, the company’s information security management system was assessed via review of its documentation, practices, and controls.

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 (the Certification Institute for Research Quality) was established to provide assessment and certification services to market research firms seeking certification to ISO 20252, ISO 26362 and ISO 27001. A non-profit entity, CIRQ is committed to providing timely, thorough and impartial assessments of its customers' quality management or information security management systems in regard to certification to corresponding standards. CIRQ was established in compliance with all ISO requirements for certification bodies that provide auditing and certification services. To conform to its mandate of objective and impartial audits to these ISO standards, CIRQ is independently operated and managed under the oversight of an independent Board of Directors and submits to annual moderation by external authorities on ISO certification bodies.

About Hansa|GCR
Hansa|GCR is a full-service market research and consulting firm, specializing in brand and the customer experience. Looking through the lens of the customer experience and applying psychological principles of human motivation, the company offers services in areas relating to Customer Relationship Equity, Market Assessment, Branding, and Product/Service Innovation. Hansa undertakes primary research and provides both qualitative and quantitative research to support the business challenges of clients in nearly 80 countries.