CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Skynamo, app provider for field sales management and productivity, today announced that it has received the ISO 27001:2013 certification, the internationally recognised standard for global best practice in information security management.
Skynamo chose to complete the arduous certification process to verify that it meets global standards in information security and provides the best possible protection of their customers' business data.
"The heavy fine imposed on British Airways this week for last year's data breach shows just how seriously we should all be taking data security as service providers," says Skynamo CEO Sam Clarke. "A data breach can increase the risk of litigation for customers, damage their business reputation, and impact their revenue should their data ever fall into the wrong hands, which is why we sought this certification to ensure we are doing all we can to look after our customers' business data."
An ISO 27001 certification confirms that the highest internationally recognised security standards, agreed upon and set by members from 164 countries and 783 technical committees and subcommittees, are met. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an independent, international organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland, that develops the global standards for security and safety, among others.
As of 31 December 2017, according to The ISO Survey, only 7,478 companies in the IT sector worldwide were ISO 27001 certified and only 69 companies across all sectors in South Africa were ISO 27001 certified.
"The relatively low number of ISO 27001 certified companies worldwide is alarming. At a time when data is falling into the wrong hands more frequently and the consequences are more severe than ever before, we want to encourage all app providers to go through this certification process to ensure their users' data is protected," says Clarke.
Skynamo's audit was conducted by independent certification service provider, Sancert. This audit looks at, among other things, the general storage of data across the entire company, how data is handled by the company's employees and the physical security of the premises where the company conducts their daily business. Every possible digital, physical and social breach opportunity was considered and assessed in the audit.
"The 2019 SaaS Survey revealed that the average employee at a company uses 8 apps. As an IT Manager or business owner, I would want to make sure that none of those apps posed a security risk for my business. IT departments and business owners alike should encourage ISO 27001 certification by asking their app providers if they are certified and urging them to get certified if they are not," concludes Clarke.
Skynamo is the field sales app used by manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors with field sales teams who sell to an existing customer base. Field sales teams at companies such as Bidvest, Elizabeth Arden, Bantex, Chipkins, Bos, Cosmetix, Denny Mushrooms, Dewfresh, Disa Hardware and Sir Juice use Skynamo to improve service levels to customers and cash flow for their business through features that enable remote submission of orders, automation of administrative tasks, and capturing of customer interactions on mobile devices. Sales managers also able to better manage their field sales teams through real-time automated reporting, maintain an overview of all customer visits and orders, as well as draw valuable customer and sales productivity insights through Skynamo's management dashboards and survey features.
Founded in 2012 in Stellenbosch, South Africa and with additional offices in Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa and Epsom, United Kingdom, Skynamo has over 560 companies large and small across a wide range of industries including Food & Beverage, Building Materials & Hardware, Chemicals & Paints, and Automotive goods.
Each month, Skynamo manages over 370 000 customer visits, 1 400 000 customer relationships and 1 100 000 products for its customers.
Skynamo is a certified partner and app for Acumatica, Sage and Xero.
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