Global Wine & Spirits (GWS), the Canadian company which develops web-based business-to-business (B2B) applications for the wine and spirits industry, has been awarded a security and confidentiality certificate by WebTrust.
The WebTrust Security and Confidentiality Principles require an entity to meet high standards for the security and the confidentiality of the information transmitted over the internet and stored on an e-commerce system.
Robert Bonneau, GWS chief operating officer, said that the certification was a "testimony to the leadership position of Global Wine & Spirits as a provider of e-business solutions for the wine and spirits industry. Our marketplace has gained international stature by constant and fanatical customer service. We have developed the most effective eMarketplace by listening to our members' business concerns.
"Security and confidentiality were among the issues that needed to be addressed in light of the recent exponential development of transactions on our network. The WebTrust certification is internationally recognised as a serious examination of e-business practices. We are proud to have obtained this seal with little adjustments to our practices," Bonneau said.
The independent verification/audit, conducted by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, provides assurance that there are effective security and confidentiality policies, that Global Wine & Spirits disclosed its key security and confidentiality practices for electronic commerce and that controls exist to ensure these policies are followed, the company claimed.
Further details of the WebTrust audit report can be found on the GWS website.