ISO 27001 helps companies to protect the integrity, availability and confidentiality of their information through the implementation of an Information Security Management System (ISMS).
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What is ISO 27001?
ISO 27001 is the international standard for information security which defines the requirements for establishing, monitoring, and implementing information security management systems. The framework of ISO 27001 is made up of relevant, practical and effective policies, procedures and controls that work to address any legal, physical and technical information security risks within the business.
ISO 27001 takes a risk-based approach to information security and can be implemented for organisations of any type, size or industry that stores, handles or processes information. This standard isn’t only relevant to I.T, but also includes other elements such as physical security, supplier relationships, human resources, business continuity and more.
Successfully implementing and achieving certification to this standard helps companies to achieve resilience as well as assuring clients, customers and stakeholders that the safety of their information is your priority.
What are the requirements of 27001?
Becoming ISO 27001 certified isn’t just a matter of filing out a few bits of paperwork, it involves applying real changes and improvements to protocols, processes and procedures in order to improve them and reach the high levels of the standard.
ISO 27001 is made up of 10 management system clauses. Numbers 1-3 are merely informative, providing insight into the standard and what is expected. These consist of clause 1 – information, terms and definitions, clause 2 – processes approach impact and clause 3 -the plan-do-check-act cycle.
Clauses 4-10 are mandatory and must be complied with in order to achieve ISO 27001 certification.
- CLAUSE 4 – Context of the Organisation
- CLAUSE 5 – Leadership
- CLAUSE 6 – Planning
- CLAUSE 7 – Support
- CLAUSE 8 – Operation
- CLAUSE 9 – Performance Evaluation
- CLAUSE 10 – Improvement
For each of these clauses, the standard requires specific documentation that must be properly reported, logged, documented, and filed in order to achieve certification.
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What are the benefits of achieving this certification?
For businesses of various types, size and sectors there are a number of advantages to ISO 27001 accreditation:
- The framework provided by ISO 27001 allows businesses to better manage and reduce the security risks to their information.
- Achieving certification is clear and effective proof that information security is a priority for your business.
- Works to more effectively monitor and improve information security with a process of plan-do-act-check which ensures their continuous improvement.
- Reduces the risk of being hacked and any implications such as negative publicity or loss of business that could occur as a result.
- Ensures compliance with relevant legal requirements and legislation.
- Provides evidence that can be used to make informed choices when it comes to decision making.
- Helps to improve credibility and brand image which keeps existing customers happy and works to attract new clients.
- An efficient ISMS provides a clear process for everyone working at all levels to easily understand and follow.
- Promotes the meaningful communication of relevant information throughout the business to employees and interested parties.
- Helps to improve the awareness of employees when it comes to risks and procedures.
- Can help businesses to gain access to new markets previously out of reach and qualify for tenders that require ISO 27001 certification.
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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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