What Is ISO 27001?
The ISO 27001 standard is internationally recognised for information security. It provides a framework for managing valuable assets, such as financial data, intellectual property, employee details and information entrusted by third parties. It helps you to recognise risks, and effectively manage people and systems so ensure that important information is well protected.
With all the new strict regulations enforced to protect data and the increase in cyber attacks, an ISO 27001 certification has become a real necessity for organizations regardless of the sector of their business activity.
Essentially, all the guidelines in ISO 27001 add up to one thing: a guide for creating an ISMS. An ISMS describes the structures an organization has in place to manage data, including technology, physical security, personnel policies, and organizational hierarchy that delegates responsibility for these issues.
Why ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Matters
ISO 27001:2013 certification is an important thing to look for in any cybersecurity partner because it indicates an organization-wide commitment to security. Working with such a partner can benefit your own organization’s security. As Clause 6 states, sometimes the most effective way to deal with data security risk is to either eliminate it or outsource it to a third-party.
ISO 27001 Certification
The bar for ISO 27001 certification is high. It requires intensive documentation, including a detailed risk assessment, records of internal training, audits, managerial review, and documentation of the relevant controls from Annex A. In addition, organizations that want to be certified must have their ISMS audited by an accredited body, a process that must be repeated annually.
Because ISO 27001 certification is so demanding, few companies actually undertake the certification process. Despite that, businesses of all sizes and industries should be aware of ISO 27001. It’s valuable both as a source of guidance for their own data management policies and as a way to judge potential data security partners.
An Overview of ISO 27001:2013
ISO 27001 is divided into two sections: clauses and controls. The clauses largely serve as an introduction to the key terms and concepts, especially ISO 27001’s emphasis on information security leadership from the highest levels of an organization.
Anyone who wants to read the ISO 27001:2013 standard in full must purchase a copy, but here we’ll provide an overview of what the standard contains.
Benefits of Implementing ISO 27001:2013 in your business?
Keep data safe – The ISMS implemented effectively safeguard the accessibility and confidentiality of the data on your systems, ensuring that your staff and your clients are protected to international standards.
Protect against breaches – Whether it’s a cyber attack, error or natural disaster, with an ISO 27001 certification, you’ll have a strong framework to prevent or eliminate the chance of a breach.
Improve your reputation – Showcase your integrity and position your business as a responsible company to work with.
There are plenty of others benefits that come with this an ISO 27001 standard, including:
- Positions you more competitively for tenders and new business opportunities
- Get recognition from an international market
- Avoid hefty fines for non-compliance
What comes next?
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