Compliance certifications

ISO 27001

ISO 27001 is a widely-adopted global security standard outlining the requirements for information-security management systems. It provides a systematic approach to managing company and customer information based on periodic risk assessments.

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IaaS certificate – IaaS ISO 27001

PaaS certificate – PaaS ISO 27001

SaaS certificate – SaaS ISO 27001

Watson Cloud Technology & Support certificate

ISO 27001

ISO 27017

ISO 27017 gives guidelines for information-security controls applicable to the provisioning and use of cloud services, as well as implementation guidance for both cloud service providers and cloud service customers. 

ISO 27018
ISO 27018 establishes commonly accepted control objectives, controls and guidelines for implementing measures to protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in accordance with the privacy principles in ISO 29100 for the public cloud computing environment.

ISO 22301
ISO 22301 provides requirements for the planning, establishment, implementation, operation, monitoring, review and maintenance of business continuity management systems (BCMS) within an organization. The BCMS help an organization prepare for, protect against and recover from disruptive incidents when they arise.

ISO 31000
ISO 31000 provides principles, framework and a process for managing risk. The ISO 31000 guide’s purpose is to help an organization’s subject matter experts to compare their risk management practices with the internationally recognized benchmark and align their practices according to the international standard.

SOC 1, SOC 2 and SOC 3
An SOC 1 report focuses on controls at the service organization that would be useful to user entities and their auditors for planning a financial statement audit of the user entity and evaluating internal control over financial reporting at the user entity. SOC 2 and SOC 3 reports are designed to allow service organizations to communicate information about their system description in accordance with specific criteria related to availability, security and confidentiality.

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PCI
To ensure consistent standards for merchants, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council established Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standards. These standards incorporate best practices to protect cardholder data, and they often require validation from a third-party Qualified Service Assessor (QSA).

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PCI

HITRUST
The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) is an organization governed by representatives from the healthcare industry. HITRUST created and maintains the Common Security Framework, a certifiable framework to help healthcare organizations and their providers demonstrate their security and compliance in a consistent and streamlined manner.

GSMA
The Global System for Mobile Communication Association's (GSMA) Security Accreditation Scheme for Subscription Management (SAS-SM) ensures industry confidence in the security of remote provisioning for embedded SIMs.

IRAP (Australia)
The Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) is an initiative created by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) to provide high-quality information and communications technology services to government in support of Australia’s security. IRAP provides the framework to endorse individuals from the private and public sectors to provide cyber security assessment services to Australian governments.

IBM ISO Management System Certification
IBM has obtained corporate-wide certifications for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 1800. Read the IBM Management System certifications.

Global regulations

EU Model Clauses
EU Model Clauses are available to controllers and processors of EU citizens' Personally Identifiable Information (PII).  These clauses obligate non-EU companies to follow the laws and practices mandated by the EU in all global locations.  The clauses provide enforcement rights and comfort to companies that hold EU PII that providers located outside of the EU will process data only in accordance with their instructions and in conformance with EU laws.

EU Model Clauses

FERPA
Security is central to compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which requires the protection of student information from unauthorized disclosures. Educational institutions that use cloud computing need contractual reassurances that a technology vendor will appropriately manage sensitive student data.

HIPAA
The US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act covers the storing and processing of protected health information (PHI and e-PHI). Companies and individuals falling under HIPAA must implement a set of technical, administrative and physical controls which are designed to secure this protected health information.

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HIPAA

My Number Act (Japan)
The Social Security and Tax Number System (My Number) went into effect in Japan in January 2016. Under this act, a unique number is assigned to every resident in Japan, whether Japanese or foreign, to be used mainly for taxation and social security purposes. The Personal Information Protection Commission (PPC) has created guidelines to make sure companies properly handle and protect My Number information.

My Number Act (Japan)

Alignments and frameworks

CJIS
The Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Division is a division of the US Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation. CJIS Division created and published a security policy, which contains minimum information security requirements, guidelines and agreements reflecting the will of law enforcement and criminal justice agencies for protecting the sources, transmission, storage and generation of Criminal Justice Information (CJI).

CSA
The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing. One of the mechanisms the Cloud Security Alliance uses in pursuit of its mission is the Security, Trust and Assurance Registry (STAR) — a free, publicly accessible registry that documents the security controls provided by various cloud computing offerings.

EU-US Privacy Shield
The EU-US and Swiss-US Privacy Shield Frameworks were designed by the US Department of Commerce and the European Commission and Swiss Administration to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with data-protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union and Switzerland to the United States in support of transatlantic commerce.

FFIEC
To address emerging threats, the FFIEC (Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council) requires financial organizations to continuously perform risk assessments, adjust control mechanisms as appropriate in response and implement a layered approach to security. In compliance with FFIEC, IBM Cloud infrastructure identifies key controls required to meet the FFIEC guidance, identify emerging threats, address their impact and apply layered security to prevent client fraud. 

FISC
The Center for Financial Industry Information Systems (FISC) was created by the Japanese Ministry of Finance with the purpose of conducting research on topics related to financial information systems in Japan. FISC created guidelines to promote the security of information systems within the banking and financial industry. These FISC guidelines, though not mandated by law, are recognized and used by most Japanese financial institutions in the design and maintenance of their information systems.

FISMA
The Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) ensures the security of data in the federal government. FISMA requires program officials and agency heads to conduct annual reviews of information security programs to keep risks at or below specified acceptable levels in a cost-effective, timely and efficient manner.

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Security

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Privacy

IBM is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of personal information about its employees, customers, Business Partners (including contacts within customers and Business Partners) and other identifiable individuals. Uniform practices for collecting, using, disclosing, storing, accessing, transferring or otherwise processing such information assists IBM to process personal information fairly and appropriately, disclosing it and/or transferring it only under appropriate circumstances.