AWS is the first global cloud service provider to comply with the new K-ISMS-P standard

We’re excited to announce that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has achieved certification under the Korea-Personal Information & Information Security Management System (K-ISMS-P) standard (effective from December 16, 2020 to December 15, 2023). The assessment by the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) covered the operation of infrastructure (including compute, storage, networking, databases, and security) in the AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region. AWS was the first global cloud service provider (CSP) to obtain K-ISMS certification (the previous version of K-ISMS-P) back in 2017. Now AWS is the first global CSP to achieve compliance with the K-ISMS portion of the new K-ISMS-P standard.

Sponsored by KISA and affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT), K-ISMS-P serves as a standard for evaluating whether enterprises and organizations operate and manage their information security management systems consistently and securely, such that they thoroughly protect their information assets. The new K-ISMS-P standard combined the K-ISMS and K-PIMS (Personal Information Management System) standards with updated control items. Accordingly, the new K-ISMS certification and K-ISMS-P certification (personal information–focused) are introduced under the updated standard.

In this year’s audit, 110 services running in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region are included. The newly launched Availability Zone in 2020 is also added to the certification scope.

This certification helps enterprises and organizations across South Korea, regardless of industry, meet KISA compliance requirements more efficiently. Achieving this certification demonstrates the proactive approach AWS has taken to meet compliance set by the South Korean government and to deliver secure AWS services to customers. In addition, we’ve launched Quick Start and Operational Best Practices (conformance pack) pages to provide customers with a compliance framework that they can utilize for their K-ISMS-P compliance needs. Enterprises and organizations can use these toolkits and AWS certification to reduce the effort and cost of getting their own K-ISMS-P certification. You can download the AWS K-ISMS certification under the K-ISMS-P standard from AWS Artifact. To learn more about the AWS K-ISMS certification, see the AWS K-ISMS page. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your AWS Account Manager.

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Seulun Sung

Seulun is a Security Audit Program Manager at AWS, leading security certification programs, with a focus on the K-ISMS-P program in South Korea. She has a decade of experience in deploying global policies and processes to local Regions and helping customers adopt regulations. She is passionate about helping to build customers’ trust and provide them assurance on cloud security.