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Operations, Security & Data privacy

Updated May 2019


Pearson Global Information Security

  • Pearson has implemented a set of global information security policies.
  • These policies are based on the ISO-27001 information security norm.
  • The list of policies implemented and enforced globally can be found at the end of this document.
  • These policies are owned by the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
  • They are subject to annual review.
  • Global implementation of these policies by respective controls is formally defined by a set of Security Standards and Guidelines. These are directly based on the ISO-27002 framework and take into account security best practices as defined in the NIST recommendations.
  • Local implementation of our policies and controls is governed by the local Information Security Management System (ISMS).
  • An ISMS review and risk assessment are conducted annually by the local Management Review team. This is under the supervision of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
  • Under direct control of the CISO office is the dedicated Security Operations Control group (SOC). This group continuously monitors our infrastructure on security threats and manages incidents as they arise.


Data Privacy & GDPR

  • Pearson is engaged in implementing a program to ensure compliance of its organization and products with the General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR).
  • Pearson is the data processor for the purposes of the GDPR of all personal data perspective.
  • Pearson will fully cooperate with clients to let them fulfill their obligations as the data controller under GDPR.
  • Pearson will formally enforce compliance by all of its vendors to these obligations (sub-processors in the definition of GDPR).
  • For the EU, our Data Privacy Officer is based in the UK. Pearson will accommodate changing this when required as an effect of Brexit.


Talent Lens Online Platform – Subprocessor

  • PSI True Talent is owned by PSI Services LLC (PSI)
  • In terms of the processing of personal data/GDPR, PSI is the subprocessor.
  • Pearson uses a so-called ‘White-label’ version of the platform called Talent Lens Online
  • Talent Lens Online has two instances, one hosted from Ireland on Microsoft Azure Cloud, and one from a dedicated data center in Indianapolis/US.
  • System administration and database management are operated from local PSI offices, respectively in the EU and US.
  • There is no transfer of personal data between both platform instances. All personal data is kept in the regional hosting center.
  • Management of customer accounts is managed by local TalentLens teams.
  • Temporarily elevated authorizations to access personal information in the platform is only given to a small group of admins within Pearson Global team and requires management approval when an incident occurs.
  • Pearson has Model Contract Clauses in place to accommodate international data transfer (access). This satisfies the requirements as set in the GDPR
  • PSI has an EU-U.S. Privacy Shield certification
  • Daily management over the customer account and authorizations to access personal data is carried out by the customer. Pearson will never access clients personal data without any upfront formal authorizations by the client.
  • Compliance to both the Pearson Information Security and Data Privacy policies and controls as well as the obligations under GDPR are enforced via a formal agreement between Pearson and PSI

ISO-27001 based Global Information Security Management Policies

  • 5 Information Security Policies
  • 6 Organization of Information security
  • 7 Human Resources Security
  • 8 Asset Management
  • 9 Access Control
  • 10 Cryptography
  • 11 Physical and Environmental Security
  • 12 Operations Security
  • 13 Communications Security
  • 14 System Acquisition, Development, and Maintenance
  • 15 Supplier Relationships
  • 16 Information Security Incident Management
  • 17 Information Security Aspects of Business Continuity Management
  • 18 Compliance


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