Alpha Supporting Services S.A., achieves the first certification for Data Protection processes to demonstrate compliance with GDPR

Sep. 27 2018

Athens, 14th Sept 2018, Bureau Veritas Hellas A.E. announces the first certificate to be issued for the groundbreaking Bureau Veritas Data Protection Certification Scheme certificate for global operations of Alpha Supporting Services, Company of Alpha Bank Group based out of Athens, Greece to demonstrate its corporate digital responsibility and build upon its existing ISO 27001 Information Security, ISO 20000 IT Service Management and ISO 9001 Quality Management systems certifications.

Demonstrate compliance

Alpha Supporting Services is both a data controller and a data processor under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679), with responsibility for the sensitive personal data of tens of thousands of EU citizens. Bureau Veritas’ Data Protection Certification scheme enables companies to demonstrate they have implemented the processes and procedures required to comply with GDPR.

Safeguard reputation

Alpha Supporting Services’ multiple certifications assure the integrity, confidentiality and availability of the data which is fundamental to its business and work together with the overarching data protection governance in order to enable it to show its corporate Customers, Personnel and Stakeholders that it takes protecting their data seriously.

Respond immediately and correctly to data breaches

In the event of a data breach, Alpha Supporting Services’ embedded data protection governance and information security management best practices will enable Personnel to respond swiftly to limit damage and ensure that the supervisory authorities and affected individuals (data subjects) are notified in accordance with the law. A confident, transparent response mitigates against lost trust and lost revenues which mishandled breaches have entailed for others.

Demonstrating preparedness for breaches and the governance of implementing of corrective actions and the potential mitigation of regulatory fines are additional benefits of data protection certification.

Address digital risk and opportunities

Whilst the downside risk of a data breach to a company’s reputation is known, the upside is competitive advantage giving Alpha Supporting Services the confidence to continue to push the frontiers of digital innovation to maintain leadership in the provision and management of integrated Banking IT Services, by designing the new products and services that its Customers demand with embedded data protection (data protection by design).

There are additional details and messages in the documents and content at these links:

BV Data Protection Services summary

White Paper - Are you GDPR Ready?

iCheck for Cyber & Data – Self Assessment App

DPC Technical Standard

Introduction to GDPR for Business Leaders (Live Virtual Classroom Training)

About Alpha Supporting Services S.A.

Alpha Supporting Services was founded in 2007 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Alpha Bank Group. The Company’s activities include the development, provision and management of integrated IT services, the provision of a wide range of consulting, management, financial and accounting, re-engineering as well as financial and strategy design services. Alpha Supporting Services is the main IT service provider for all Alpha Bank Group Companies in Greece and abroad as well as Alpha Bank Greece.

About Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has around 74,000 employees located in 1,400 offices and laboratories around the globe. Bureau Veritas helps its clients improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20 index.

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