First Advantage Achieves ISO 27001 Certification


April 26, 2010, SANTA ANA, Calif.

First Advantage, a global risk mitigation and business solutions provider and a wholly owned subsidiary of The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), today announced that it has received the International Standard Organisation (ISO) 27001 certification for its background screening operations in India. The attainment of this certification reaffirms First Advantage’s commitment to maintaining best-in-class information security standards.

ISO/IEC 27001 specifies requirements for the establishment, implementation, monitoring, review, maintenance and improvement of the overall management and control framework for managing an organization’s information security on an ongoing basis.

Ashish Dehade, managing director (West Asia) of First Advantage, said, “The nature of the background screening business is such that security of the data that we process and possess becomes paramount—not just for us, but for our clients and their current and potential employees. The risk related to any abuse or loss of such data is enormous.”

“We have always taken pride in our proactive investments in building an extremely stringent and best-in-class security infrastructure. We keep questioning status quo at all times to ensure continuous improvement. This has enabled us to remain ahead of the industry, not just in terms of our market share, but also in terms of client perception and the respect that we receive from human resources, security and business heads.”

Achieving the certification and compliance does not ensure a reduced risk for the organisation. Hence, First Advantage has put a stringent auditing and management review process in place to ensure that effective risk management practices are constantly monitored and systems are tested and improved on an ongoing basis in order to maintain their efficacy.

About First Advantage
First Advantage is Asia-Pacific's leading background screening, end-to-end risk mitigation and talent acquisition solutions provider. As part of  California-based First Advantage, a wholly owned subsidiary of The First American Corporation,  First Advantage Asia pioneered the region’s background screening industry and has led the industry in setting background screening benchmarks as it expands operations throughout the region. The exponential growth of First Advantage’s Asia-Pacific operations has enabled the company to leverage regional expertise, technology and service strengths with international experience, skills, products and reach. The Asia-Pacific operation handles large volume screenings for some of the world’s largest organizations in the financial services, retail, IT/IT-enabled services, manufacturing, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and many others sectors.

As part of a growing offering of solutions for the employment continuum in Asia-Pacific, First Advantage has launched more than 1,200 automated, customizable skills assessments and behavioral tests for measuring a wide variety of employee competencies, including knowledge, skills, aptitudes and attitudes.

About First American
The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is a FORTUNE 500® company that traces its history to 1889. With total revenues of approximately $6.0 billion in 2009, it is America’s largest provider of business information. First American combines advanced analytics with its vast data resources to supply businesses and consumers with valuable information products to support the major economic events of people’s lives, such as getting a job, renting an apartment, buying a car or house, securing a mortgage and opening or buying a business. The First American Family of Companies, many of which command leading market share positions in their respective industries, operate within five primary business segments, including: Title Insurance and Services, Specialty Insurance, Information and Outsourcing Solutions, Data and Analytic Solutions, and Risk Mitigation and Business Solutions. More information about the company and an archive of its press releases can be found at www.firstam.com.

 

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