CHICAGO, Sept. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago office of FCB, an Interpublic Group creative agency, today announced that it has received International Standards Organization (ISO/IEC) 27001:2013 certification for information security from one of the world's leading ISO management systems registrars, National Quality Assurance (NQA).
This certification reaffirms FCB Chicago's commitment to continually improving and enhancing its data security practices based on a comprehensive Information Security Management System that meets internationally recognized standards of excellence.
FCB Chicago CEO and President Michael Fassnacht emphasized the certification's importance – for the agency and its clients – in today's data-driven world.
"Now, more than ever, we believe creative agencies need to show clients and consumers that we are committed to being responsible data stewards by finding ways to protect sensitive information that they entrust to us," he said. "We see our continued investment in evolving our information security practice as table stakes for our industry, allowing us to offer our clients more peace of mind as we focus on creating great, impactful work together."
The Chicago office of FCB is the first agency within the FCB Network and currently the only agency within holding company Interpublic Group to hold this certification. With the rollout of GDPR across Europe and privacy becoming a hot legislative topic in the U.S., responsible data protection will continue to be of utmost importance to marketers.
In preparation for the ISO certification, the agency underwent "a year of meetings, discussion and significant documentation," said FCB Chicago Chief Financial and Technology Officer Mark Jungwirth. FCB Chicago successfully achieved certification after passing two rounds of internal and external audits. The agency also put a task force in place that will undergo formal ISO reviews annually going forward.
Jungwirth said the process, while rigorous, was worth it.
"In certain categories, such as insurance, finance and healthcare, it goes without saying that strict and careful adherence to information protection should guide and inform all that agencies do for their clients, but we anticipate this will become a critical issue for marketers across all industries," he said. "As such, we hope to see more agencies taking steps to achieve this level of certification in the coming months."
FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding) is a global, award-winning and fully integrated marketing communications company with a heritage of creativity and success dating from 1873. With its largest and founding office in Chicago, FCB focuses on creating "Never Finished" campaign ideas that have the power to transform brands, businesses, and communities. With more than 8,000 people in 109 operations in 80 countries, the company is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG). Visit fcb.com or follow @FCBglobal on Instagram and Twitter and FCB Global on Facebook.