What is ISO 27001?
ISO 27001 is the international standard for Information Security Management Systems. Now the GDPR is in place, information security is now very high on the agenda and a very important topic within business. How you handle your customer’s and your staff’s personal sensitive information can make or break a business. What you want is to create relationships based on trust with your team and your customers and this in turn helps build your business and make it more successful. People will come back when they know that you care as much as they do about their personal information.
By implementing a management system based on the rigorous standards of ISO 27001 you will be providing proof that your organisation has worked hard to put in place a programme that helps eradicate or minimise the risk of a potential breach. A security breach could have many serious implications that involves both the future of your business and the possibility of fines or even a prison sentence.
History of ISO 27001
The ISO 27001 is a robust and wide-ranging information security management system that provides a clear framework of procedures and policies which illustrate how you will keep both your staff and your customer’s sensitive information safe, whichever format it comes in.
There have been many cases in the news lately proving yet again how important it is to be vigilant when it comes to information security. It has proven to be the case that time and again an organisation found to be negligent, allowing sensitive personal information into the public domain can be prosecuted and embarrassed publicly, as well as the possibility of receiving heavy fines. ISO 27001 helps you avoid such a scenario.
By establishing and maintaining a documented system of controls and management, implementing ISO 27001 will help you avoid the pitfalls of information security breaches which could have been avoided. It will give you an opportunity to create a systematic approach to managing your business’s sensitive information keeping it secure and safe from harm. It will cover people, processes and IT systems through a risk – based approach.
The way you look after your organisations confidential and sensitive information can mean the difference between success and failure for a business. If you get it right your customer base will not only be protected but will grow, if you get it wrong the risks and penalties can be a high price to pay!
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What Can You Expect?
The ISO 27001 standard provides a robust framework for an effective ISMS by incorporating policies and procedures required to protect your organisation, allowing for the safe and secure exchange of information but also minimising your risk exposure.
What Will You Need To Consider For A Robust Framework For Your Business?
- Define information security policy
- Define the scope of ISMS
- Perform RA for the scope of the ISMS by identifying main threats, risks, impacts and vulnerabilities
- Determine how to manage risks identified
- Set objectives and controls to be implemented
- Continual monitoring and improvements
The ISO 27001 applies the following 3 principles of information security:
- Confidentiality – information is accessible only to those who have authorised access
- Integrity – accuracy and completeness of the information stored
- Availability – Authorised users have access to the information when they need it
By implementing ISO 27001 as a business you are showing a strong commitment and integrity to ensure adequate security and risk controls are in place to protect your data from unauthorised access, corruption, loss or theft.
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ISO 27001 Certification Consultation Services
At JR Consultants we work with our clients from the beginning to help provide a clear, reliable and accurate guide through the process. We are on hand to help navigate the minefields of paperwork and complicated information, implement the systems needed and to drive and support the improvements required to meet the standards.
It is our job as the experts to provide our clients with an invaluable service that allows you to spend your time focusing on what is important – your business. Our team of consultants are passionate about helping your business to achieve the recognition it deserves and open up a world of opportunities with a clear, straight forward and cost effective path to ISO 27001 certification.
With our consultancy services we will help to;
- Plan, document, implement and operate a simple quality management system that meets all the requirements of ISO 27001.
- Design the system around your existing business practices wherever possible, and if necessary, help you to identify and resolve issues where you do not conform to the ISO 27001 certification standard.
- Once the system has been implemented, we will arrange for your system to be fully audited by one of our auditors, before recommending you for your ISO 27001 assessment by an external UKAS accredited assessment body.
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What is ISO 27001?
ISO 27001 is the international standard for information security that sets out the specifications for information security management systems (ISMS). This vital framework helps organisations to establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain and continually improve their ISMS to the highest standards.
Published by the International Organisation for Standardisation, ISO 27001 structures how businesses manage any risks relating to their information security including threats, procedures, policies and staff training.
The approach that this ISO standard uses, helps organisations to better and more effectively manage their information security and certification to the standard, providing worldwide recognition that their businesses ISMS is aligned with information security best practice.
What are the benefits of the 27001 certification?
In this digital age, keeping your businesses digital information secure is a priority and securing ISO 27001 certification can provide many benefits such as;
- Improved data security
- Alignment with current management systems
- Reduces information security costs
- Improved processes and strategies
- Helps you to avoid hefty fines from data breeches
- Protects your reputation
- Increases your resilience to cyber attacks
- Allows you to respond to evolving security threats
- Helps you to comply with legal, business, contractual and regulatory requirements
- Creates a culture of continual improvement
- Improves structure and focus
- Provides assurances for customers, employees and stakeholders that your information security infrastructure meets their expectations
- Improves company culture
If you are still unsure of what ISO 27001 can do to help your business, then it is worth speaking to a professional ISO consultant who will be able to answer any questions you have.
Is ISO 27001 mandatory?
Certification to ISO 27001 is not a mandatory or legal requirement and is something that organisations can choose to do or not do.
However, it is becoming more and more common for business to require ISO certification from the companies that they are dealing with and not having it can make you more likely to miss out on contracts, new business and tendering opportunities.
Having ISO 27001 certification and a robust information security management system in place that has been checked and accredited by an independent third party can be the difference between winning a tender and losing it to one of your competitors. In addition to this, securing certification can also give you access to new markets and tendering opportunities that were previously out of reach.
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