Two Dutch startups have obtained a new type of information security certification. Restaurant bill splitting app Tabster and educational software company SOWISO have passed the Security Verified review. This is the first information security standard that is suitable for smaller organisations and helps these startups to gain trust from consumers and large customers.
Many startups handle information in innovative ways. SOWISO has a smart platform for learning mathematics and must keep track of student progress. Tabster allows people to order drinks and split bills online, and thus keeps track of payments. Both companies receive questions from business partners about how they handle and secure sensitive information. For startups, providing evidence that information security is handled well can be challenging. Most startups only have a small team, and producing all documentation that traditional certification requires is a significant overhead. There was thus a need for a more practical standard, and Security Verified was designed to meet this need.
André Beukes is an EU Management Consultant to international companies doing business in Europe. He provides clients with practical business support that makes a real difference doing business in the EU. “Put simply, I am here to help you meet your challenges. I believe in the importance of doing things correctly, meaning risks are reduced and problems are avoided.”