ISO 27017: Security Controls for Cloud Services
What is ISO 27017?
ISO/IEC 27017:2015 is an information security code of practise for cloud services. It’s an extension to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and ISO/IEC 27002, and it provides additional security controls for cloud service providers and for cloud service customers. An organisation implementing the standard would select the relevant controls for their circumstances.
As an extension to ISO 27002, ISO 27017 provides guidance on 33 27002 controls, as well providing some additional controls:
- The shared roles and responsibilities between the cloud service providers and customers
- Removal and return of cloud service customers assets when a contract has been terminated
- Segregation in virtual computing environments
- Secure hardening of virtual machines
- Documenting critical operational procedures
- Allowing cloud service customers to be able to monitor relevant activities within the cloud
- The alignment of security management for both virtual and physical networks
Helps you with
- Customer trust
- Brand reputation
- Competitive advantage
- Data breaches
- Continued confidentiality
- Meet compliance
- Risk management
- Improved security
Other risk management standards:
- ISO 27001 - Information Security
- ISO 27701 - GDPR Compliance
- BS 10012 - Personal Information
- ISO 20000-1 - IT Service Management
- ISO 27018 - Protection of Personally Identifiable Information
- ISO 22301 - Business Continuity
- ISO 44001 - Collaborative Working
- ISO 55001 - Asset Management
- ISO 41001 - Facilities Management
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Benefits of ISO 27017 Certification
External assurance to customers
Provides external assurance to customers that information processed in the cloud by their cloud service provider is secure.
It helps reduce the risk of a security breach and other risks, this will increase stakeholders trust.
Framework for cloud services customers
Provides a comprehensive information security management framework for cloud services customers and in so doing it holds their providers to account.
Extends and enhances certification
It extends and enhances a clients ISO 27001 certification.
Information security management framework
It provides a comprehensive information security management framework for cloud service providers who want increased assurance on the security of their operations and of customers’ information.
Why implement ISO 27017?
Making clients feel safe about their data being stored in the cloud is vital. Having ISO/IEC 27017 standard allows an internationally standardised framework that can help reduce the risk of data breaches and build customer trust by showing your commitment to information security. The standard also gives guidance to cloud service customers on what they should want from their cloud service hosts.
The standard covers a range of topics such as asset ownership, removal and return of assets when a customer contract has been terminated, protection and separation of a customer’s virtual environment and more. With a growing risk of cloud data breaches now more than ever is important to know you and your organisation are doing the most to try and reduce these risks as a cloud service provider and/or a cloud service customer.
As ISO 27017 is built from the foundations of ISO 27001 and ISO 27002 framework, the certification shows compliance internationally and helps your organisation for both the cloud service providers and cloud service customers against risks within the cloud.
How NQA can help you
With a wealth of experience providing accredited management systems certifications, NQA is ideally placed to partner with you to meet stakeholder requirements and exceed industry expectations.
Technical committees and industry relationships. NQA is highly involved in a wide variety of industry committees and standards writing teams, helping us to maintain a keen awareness of changes within the industry.
Knowledge transfer supporting our customer’s organizational strategy. NQA is committed to ensuring customer awareness regarding changes in industry strategy, regulations, and standard requirements that may impact your management system approach.
If you are interested in understanding how NQA can assist you in gaining certification against ISO 27017 please contact our sales team.
Steps to Certification
Complete a Quote Request Form so that we can understand your company and requirements. You can do this by completing either the online quick quote or the online formal quote request form. We will use this information to accurately define your scope of assessment and provide you with a proposal for certification.
Once you’ve agreed your proposal, we will contact you to book your assessment with an NQA Assessor. This assessment consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit. Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that your management system has been fully operational for a minimum of three months and has been subject to a management review and full cycle of internal audits.
Following a successful two stage audit, a certification decision is made and if positive, then certification to the required standard is issued by NQA. You will receive both a hard and soft copy of the certificate. Certification is valid for three years and is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.
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