Certified for security

Although no single Good Housekeeping Seal of approval exists for judging managed-security service providers, agencies should determine what percentage of an MSSP’s employees carry these important security certifications.


  • ISO/IEC 27001 — an international standard for implementing, operating and monitoring security management systems. The rules provide a baseline for showing that an organization has adequate security in place to protect information.



  • SAS 70 Type II accreditation — conforms to American Institute of Certified Public Accountants rules for an independent auditor’s evaluation of information technology infrastructures and processes.



  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional accreditations — designates that IT workers have a minimum of five years of relevant professional experience and have successfully passed International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium exams.



  • Global Information Assurance Certification — acknowledges IT professionals for expertise in computer, information and software security.



  • Certifications from specific hardware and software vendors, such as Microsoft and Cisco Systems, important in the agency’s technology infrastructure.

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