Lowell-based Central Research Inc. (CRI), a provider of management and financial services for the commercial, federal and state government sectors, was recently awarded an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification for its information security management system.
Issued by Intertek, the ISO 27001:2013 certification includes information security services supporting consumers of a company’s IT products and services. ISO develops and publishes requirements that show a company is establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an information security management system. According to a news release, the certification indicates a company is managing information security in line with international best practices.
“Achieving the ISO 27001 accreditation is a testament to our investment in people, processes and technology,” CRI President and CEO Bobby McKinnon said. “As a longtime service provider to federal clients, we are focused on providing top-tier information security. This certification shows our commitment to managing the security of data and other assets entrusted by our employees and our clients.”
It’s the second ISO certification the company announced this year. In May, CRI received the ISO 9001:2015 certification for its quality management system. That certification is based on several quality management principles, including customer focus, leadership involvement, process approach and ongoing process improvement. Intertek also issued the certification.
Tara Muck, director of marketing and communications for CRI, said it’s the first year the company completed the certification process for the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 27001:2013. Intertek conducted audits and assessments before issuing the certifications, which are good for three years. CRI can seek certification again in 2024.
CRI has about 330 employees, including about 125 in Northwest Arkansas.