Information & Data Security Key to Minimising Risk: Amsro



With privacy protection, data management and consumer trust top of mind for regulators, clients and the public- never has the role of AMSRO been more important and industry standards more valuable. Corporate integrity is in the spotlight and a key protection is accreditation. 


Earlier this year AMSRO, in conjunction with Best Practice Certification, launched a new risk assessment program, the Information and Data Security Compliance System (IDSC), designed to support our members’ needs further to safeguard the collection, management and storage of data and personal information.


AMSRO is delighted to announce that Quality Online Research (QOR) has completed the pilot program to become the first member company independently certified to the new system.


Brian Fine, Chair, Quality Online Research said: “The new Information and Data Security Compliance System [IDSC], which is the tailored Market Research program aligned to ISO 27001, is a huge step forward for the industry in making information security relevant and accessible to research and panel agencies.” 


The IDSC system supports member companies with phase one of the ISO 27001 audit process. For organisations considering accredited certification to ISO 27001, the IDSC provides a robust introduction with a framework representing approx. 80% of the full ISO 27001 audit requirement.


Member benefits of certifying to AMSRO’s Information and Data Security Compliance System include:


  • The system offers member organisations an industry security risk management system as it identifies information and data security risks and develops a system to help manage those risks

  • Contextualises and modifies the ISO 27001 standard for the industry – the AMSRO compliance system offers a relevant and practical application for members

  • A great introduction to information and data management systems and processes with cost savings up to 30% for members compared to full ISO27001 accredited certification.

  • Enables companies to undertake a process aligned with ISO27001 and prepare its management system without having to go through a full JAS-ANZ accredited audit

  • Savings for members who decide to transition from the AMSRO IDSCS to ISO27001 certification

  • Complements the current AMSRO suite of quality assurance services such as the new ISO 20252:2019 and the legislated Industry Privacy Code

  • Protects organisations against future regulatory obligation (i.e. particularly companies working with government agencies).


AMSRO is working with Best Practice Certification as the exclusive supplier of the AMSRO Information and Data Security Compliance System. All member companies electing to undertake the system will be independently audited on an annual basis.


As the peak industry body for research, data and insights companies in Australia, the Association of Market and Social Research Organisations [AMSRO] is responsible as the corporate industry advisor of quality assurance across standards and privacy.

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