Are you able to clearly demonstrate to existing clients, potential customers and stakeholders that your organisation is effectively managing its information security risks?
In this modern age, keeping digital information assets secure is crucial and one of the most effective ways to identify and overcome risks and minimise the chance of data breaches is to attain certification to the 27001 ISO standard.
At JR Consultants, our dedicated team of ISO 27001 specialists in Surrey are here to help guide you every step of the way with professional guidance, support and advice through to certification.
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What is ISO 27001?
ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised, risk-based Information Security Management System (ISMS) that provides the vital framework needed to help organisations to protect their information.
Businesses that are ISO 27001 accredited are able to meet legal and regulatory obligations, align with the security requirements of various industries and sectors and demonstrate to clients and stakeholders that they are working to the highest available security standards.
From sole traders, small businesses and non-profits to large corporate, multinational and government agencies, ISO 27001 can be tailored and applied to organisations of all sizes, types, scale and complexity to protect their financial data, intellectual property, employee details and third-party information.
What are the requirements of 27001?
In order to become ISO 27001 certified, organisations need to fulfil the requirements of the standard and all subsequent documentation. ISO 27001 is made up of 10 management system clauses along with ‘Annex A’ which lists specific security controls which all help to implement and maintain a compliant ISMS.
Clauses 1-3 include – Terms and definitions, process approach impact and plan-do-act-check cycle which are not mandatory requirements but rather introductory clauses that lay out the fundamentals of the standard upon which the groundwork will be laid.
Clauses 4-10 are mandatory and are each made up of a number of sub-clauses.
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
Some businesses may already have a large percentage of the requirements in place and merely need a little bit of adjusting or filling out proper documentation in order to fulfil the requirements of the standard. For those who are not as advanced or maybe creating their ISMS from scratch, this may take a little more time and work to implement and record the requirements, but it will be well worth the investment.
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What are the benefits of achieving this certification?
If you are unsure whether or not ISO 27001 accreditation is right for you then here are some of the many advantages that it can bring to your business.
- Improved data security
- Builds trust between the customer and the business
- Manages and minimises your risk exposure
- Reduces the risk of information or data falling into unwanted hands
- Provides confidence that the security of sensitive data is maintained
- Allows you to ensure that you are meeting your legal obligations so that you avoid negative repercussions such as regulatory fines
- Builds a culture of security within your organisation
- Provides your business with a competitive advantage
- Allows for the secure exchange of information
- Access to new markets or tendering opportunities previously out of reach
- Helps to protect and enhance your reputation amongst existing and potential clients
- Improves the overall structure and focus of the business
- Reduces the need for frequent audits
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At JR Consultants our experienced ISO 27001 consultants work with you from the beginning to provide the crucial advice and support needed to deliver a cost-effective journey to ISO 27001 certification.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about our ISO 27001 services in Surrey, then please get in touch and one of our friendly, knowledgeable advisors will be happy to help.
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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