Gardien Virtuel Inc.

Gardien Virtuel Inc.

April 15, 2009 09:03 ET

Gardien Virtuel, First Canadian Company Certified ISO 27001

LAVAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - Gardien Virtuel Inc., leading IT security consultancy firm, announced today that it has received the ISO/CEI 27001 certification, becoming the first such company in Canada to receive the distinction. The certification audit was performed by the Canadian branch of Swiss organization SGS S.A. (Societe Generale de Surveillance).

"Gardien Virtuel had to review its business practices to ensure compliance with the SGS's strict expectations. This distinction is the fruit of several months of hard work but the result is well worth it. Receiving the highest IT security level of certification in the world is something that I am very proud of," said Patrick Boucher, Gardien Virtuel's President and Founder. "Now that we broke the ice for Canada in our industry, we are happy to pave the way for other companies and help them reach new heights in performance and quality. After all, offering better products and services to our customers was the main reason for going through with this process. Add to that the fact that we are confident to see our government as well as large corporations require ISO 27001 for all subcontractors in the near future just as it happened for ISO 9001, and the decision is easy to make," concluded Boucher.

Any company that wishes to go through the ISO 27001 process must above all do an auto-evaluation of all its business practices to see if they are compliant with the certification's requirements and if not, it must correct the situation. Once this initial step completed, the company must get in touch with an authorized ISO-accredited organization such as SGS S.A. and submit itself to a rigorous corporate security audit. Published in 2005, the ISO 27001 certification concerns strictly IT security and describes the corporate compliance requirements that the applicant must adhere to when implementing an Information Security Management System (ISMS).


The International Organization for Standardization, widely known as ISO, is an international standard-setting body that promulgates worldwide proprietary industrial and commercial standards by coordinating and unifying such standards. These standards are used in the development and manufacturing of better and safer products and services which, in the end, benefit all consumers. The ISO/CEI 27001 was first used in the UK under certification number BS7799 in the nineties. Shortly thereafter, there was a need to increase the scope and strength of the certification. That is when the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) and the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) got together to create the certification as we know it today.


Founded in 2003, Gardien Virtuel is a leading company in the information security industry. Its team, composed of several experts in the field, conducts a wide range of information security consultancy services such as internal/external security testing, security audits, risk analyses, creation of corporate IT policy among others. On the leading edge of its industry, Gardien Virtuel has demonstrated its expertise by being the first information security company in Canada to be awarded the prestigious ISO 27001 certification, the highest accreditation level in its field in the world.

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