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iSHARE Foundation Strengthens Trust and Achieves the ISO/IEC 27001 Certification

This certification provides a robust framework for implementing and managing Information Security Management System (ISMS). Aligned with ISO 27001, iSHARE Foundation is fortifying its ISMS to ensure the effective management of information security, covering people, processes and technology.

Rotterdam, NL. February 21, 2024 – iSHARE Foundation proudly announces the attainment of the ISO/IEC 27001 Certification, a significant milestone in strengthening its governance and maintenance of iSHARE’s Trust Framework for all participants.

The ISO/IEC Certification comes at a crucial time as digital business data sharing intensifies both nationally and internationally. iSHARE, as one of the partners in the Data in Logistics initiative, supported by NGF/EU funding, asserts its critical role within among other data spaces the Basic Data Infrastructure by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. By adhering to international security standards, iSHARE ensures its position within this cohesive framework, enabling seamless and secure data transactions. This joint effort aligns with iSHARE’s dedication to advancing the digital transformation resulting from global data sharing.

Additionally, this certification provides a robust framework for implementing and managing the Information Security Management System (ISMS). Aligned with ISO 27001, iSHARE Foundation is fortifying its ISMS to ensure the effective management of information security, covering people, processes and technology.

Rajiv Rajani, CTO of iSHARE Foundation, emphasises the significance of the certification, saying, “Empowering trust, ensuring neutrality, and embracing transparency, our commitment at iSHARE Foundation is now fortified by the prestigious ISO 27001 Certification. With unwavering dedication, participants and data spaces can rest assured in the knowledge that our operations are safeguarded by stringent and secure internal information security practices.”

Key Elements of ISO 27001 Certification for the iSHARE Trust Framework

The ISO 27001 Certification is comprehensive, involving a systematic approach to establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain and continually improve an ISMS. iSHARE Foundation has introduced and updated 34 specific policies, covering areas from access control to incident management, mitigating potential risks associated with its maintenance and governance of Trust Framework for data spaces.

Benefits for Data Spaces

Certification to ISO 27001 signifies iSHARE Foundation’s commitment to international information security best practices, providing data spaces built on iSHARE with the confidence that the Trust Framework is governed in accordance with industry standards. This certification not only enhances the governance and maintenance of the Trust Framework through the ISO-certified foundation, benefiting data spaces as their governing bodies are onboarded by an ISO-certified foundation, requiring ISO certification in their operations. 

Vinith Bhandari, Operations Manager, emphasises the significance, stating, “As an end goal of the Hardening plan, it was essential to implement a robust system that takes care of information security for the Foundation both internally and externally. The implementation of an agile Information Management System and the ISO 27001 certification validate the iSHARE Foundation’s credibility and assure data spaces (using the iSHARE Trust Framework as their standard) of the Foundation’s commitment to data security. This certification is an important milestone for the Foundation to establish industry standards for data equity and the core value of trust, adding substantial value to our overall framework.”

Continual Commitment to Excellence

iSHARE Foundation continually ensures ISO 27001 compliance through proactive measures. Implementing robust monitoring tools for ongoing assurance to data spaces relying on iSHARE. Key actions include role-based access control, incident reporting, periodic reviews of incident management and information security protocols, and regular assessment of onboarding and offboarding procedures. These actions fortify iSHARE Foundation’s dedication to maintaining a secure environment within the iSHARE Trust Framework, reaffirming its position as a trusted entity for data spaces and their participants.

Gerard van der Hoeven, iSHARE’s Executive Director, comments, “With this certification, the governance of the iSHARE Trust Framework not only involves detailed specification but also encompasses the development of certification tooling to verify implementation, certification, and registration of certified parties. These processes are executed at the highest levels of trust.”

With the ISO/IEC 27001 certification of both the foundation as well as dataspaces, it ensures that their operations meet top international security standards, offering streamlined processes, enhanced resilience against cyber threats, and cost savings. It also fosters a company culture where security is a priority in everyday work, helping data spaces meet industry standards and build trust for long-term security and efficiency.

Join Us in Building Trusted Data Spaces

iSHARE Foundation invites all data spaces and stakeholders to explore the benefits of the ISO/IEC 27001 Certification. By building on the foundation of iSHARE Trust Framework, data spaces cannot only strengthen their governance but also focus on value creation with confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information assets as a standard for all participants in data spaces. Want to know more? Visit us at, send us an email to

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