Wiedemanni Translation Bureau - first translation company in Estonia to have a certified information security management system
Wiedemanni Translation Bureau is Estonia’s first translation company (and second Estonian company overall) to have introduced an information security management system that corresponds to the International Standard ISO 27001:2005. ISO 27001 helps companies manage the information they themselves have created as well as the information made available to the company by its clients.
„By its nature, Wiedemanni is an undertaking that handles information. Every year, we translate more than 40,000 pages of text for nearly 350 clients from approximately 20 countries. Clients order translations from Wiedemanni in digital formats as well as on paper. Since our volumes of work are constantly growing along with our in-house team, while the information society around us is reaching new stages of development, we recognised the need to take a closer look at how Wiedemanni Translation Bureau handles the transmission, management and storage of information,“ said Liina Teder, the head of Wiedemanni.
Wiedemanni’s objective is to implement sufficient security measures within the context of the most likely threats in order to prevent damage to its information assets and reputation, as well as ensure the uninterrupted operation of the company.
„We aim to be a reliable and stress-free partner for our clients,“ said Liina Teder.
The International Standard ISO 27001:2005, which, surprisingly, is all but unknown in Estonia (in addition to Wiedemanni Translation Bureau, only the major state enterprise Eesti Loto AS has achieved ISO 27001:2005 certification), defines information security as protection of the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information.
In all of the aforementioned areas, the standard points out risks that an organisation should manage in a suitable manner so as to accomplish the main objective: ensuring the availability and usability of the information of people or units when necessary, and restricting the availability of information to people and units that should not have access to it. Bureau Veritas Eesti OÜ, the company that handled the certification of Wiedemanni Translation Bureau states on its website that ISO 27001 provides guidelines in relation to the establishment and operation of information security systems as well as their maintenance and change management.
„One of the most important results of the introduction of the ISO standard has definitely been the increase of information security awareness among the company’s employees and their acquisition of new practices as members of the information society,“ said Teder. Furthermore, the introduction of the ISO standard resulted in an upgrading of the company’s technological base. „As of now, all of our IT processes are subject to constant monitoring and improvement.
Wiedemanni is the second biggest translation bureau in Estonia. Most of the projects the bureau handles are related to technical translations, legal translations and EU translations.
Export totals hit all-time high
Trade figures released by Statistics Estonia today show that the nation's exports reached 1.13 billion euros in September, the most ever seen in any one-month period.
Though the growth in exports from the previous month was slight - just over 5 million euros - a drop in imports from 1.23 billion euros in August to 1.16 billion euros in September pushed the trade deficit down to just 33 million euros, the lowest it has been this year.
In the year-on-year comparison, exports were up 3 percent, and imports 6 percent.
In September, machinery and equipment accounted for the largest share of Estonia’s total exports, 28 percent, followed by mineral fuels including electricity at 17 percent, and agricultural products and food preparations at 10 percent. It was growth in these first two categories, by 10 percent and 29 percent, respectively, that accounted for much of the growth since September of last year.
On the import side, the very same three categories came in first, second and third place for the month, accounting for 28 percent, 16 percent and 11 percent of the total, respectively.
The top destination countries for Estonia's exports in September were Sweden (16 percent), Finland (14 percent) and Russia (13 percent). Finland topped the list for countries of origin for imports, accounting for 15 percent, followed by Germany and Lithuania at 10 percent each.
Source: ERR News
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Barley is the hottest food product pouring out of Estonia
Barley was the most exported food product in 2011, making up 66 percent of Estonia's grain export totals, while cocoa and related products were the most popular transit foodstuff.
In all, over 180,000 tonnes of barley were exported last year, most of which went by ship to southwestern Asia and other European countries, Statistics Estonia reported today.
Milk products were the second largest food export in 2011, with 100,000 tonnes of milk and cream sent to foreign markets. Close to 80 percent of the protein rich liquids was trucked to Lithuania.
Rapeseed was third for exports weighing in at 80,000 tons, most of which went to other European markets.
Estonia's main transit partner in 2011 was Russia. The eastern neighbor imported over 300,000 tonnes of cocoa by way of Estonia. Close to 77 percent of that cocoa was transported by rail.
Source: ERR news, picture: Postimees/Scanpix
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