Committed to data protection and privacy: iCIMS achieves ISO/IEC 27701 certification

 
January 14, 2021

Data is king in today’s world. The rise in the collection, use, and storage of personal information, alongside an increasingly distributed workforce makes data protection and privacy especially critical within the HR and recruiting space.

iCIMS is dedicated to data protection privacy

iCIMS is dedicated to helping businesses maintain data protection and privacy throughout the hiring process. We recently achieved the ISO 27701 Privacy Information Management System (PIMS) certification. The ISO 27701 framework specifies requirements and provides guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continually improving a comprehensive privacy programme. In addition, this new global data protection and privacy framework supports compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and other privacy legislation – demonstrating iCIMS’ commitment to upholding high standards of  data protection and privacy with rigorous processes and systems in place.

ISO 27701 is also an extension of iCIMS ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management System (ISMS) certification. Attaining and maintaining both certifications creates a strong integration point for aligning security and privacy controls.

Data protection and privacy in the new future of work

2020 changed the way businesses operate across the board but perhaps most notably created a true advent for remote work.

In fact, our latest Insights report highlights that in Q3 2020 more than a quarter of all applications submitted through iCIMS’ platform were from out-of-state candidates, the highest of any quarter in the last two years. As openings and applicants are leading indicators, it comes as no surprise that the latest U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics report showcased an increase in the share of Americans telecommuting.

As we continued to see this behaviour in Q4 2020, and at the start of the new year, it is becoming clear that for many geographic location is no longer a contributing factor in the hiring process.

With remote hiring and workforces on the rise, business is being done from hundreds, even thousands, of locations making data protection, privacy, and information security increasingly complex and critical. Cisco’s Future of Secure Remote Work report found that 96% of organisations of all sizes across the world made changes to their cybersecurity policies to better support the move to remote working – including changes surrounding VPN capacity, web controls, and multifactor authentication.

In addition to pandemic-spurred changes, increased regulation is also being put in place. For instance, California recently passed the the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) 2020. This amendment to the CCPA mandates additional security controls and data collection requirements, and directs that a new government agency be created to enforce the law.

As global data protection and privacy regulations and consumer demands accelerate, businesses and their HR and talent acquisition teams will continue to be on the hook to understand and adapt – not only to ensure compliance but to maintain trust with personnel and candidates.

For more information on iCIMS data security and privacy policies, please visit www.icims.com/gc.

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