WHAT IS ISO 27001?
The ISO 27001:2013 (formally known as ISO/IEC 27001:2005) standard provides a framework for an Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) that enables the continued accessibility, confidentiality and integrity of information as well as legal compliance. ISO 27001 certification is essential for protecting your most vital assets.
ISO 27001 implementation is an ideal response to customer and legal requirements such as the Data Protection Act and potential security threats including:
- Cyber crime
- Personal data breaches
- Vandalism / Terrorism
- Fire / damage
- Viral attack
The ISO 27001 standard is also structured to be compatible with other management systems standards, such as ISO 9001 and it is technology and vendor neutral, which means it is completely independent of any IT platform. As such, all members of the company should be educated on what the standard means and how it applies throughout the organisation.
WHAT IS AN ISMS?
An ISMS is a systematic approach to managing sensitive company information so that it remains secure. It includes people, processes and IT systems by applying a risk management process.
It can help any size organisation within any industry keep business information assets secure.
HOW DO THE ISO 27001 SECURITY STANDARDS HELP YOU ADDRESS SECURITY ISSUES?
The ISO security standards can help organisations address a number of important issues in various ways:
- Regulatory compliance. The UK Data Protection Act is just one of many regulations currently pertaining to information security in the UK. ISO 27001 implementation helps to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. This reduces the likelihood of fines and other penalties due to non-compliance or the occurrence of a data breach.
- Data breaches. One data breach can do irreparable damage to your company’s reputation. An ISO 27001 audit helps you limit the possibility of a breach by identifying the areas in which you are most vulnerable. It also provides a sound information management security risk framework. As mentioned, adhering to ISO 27001 standards reduces the likelihood of incurring fines or facing criminal prosecution due to non-compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.
- Low risk management confidence. How confident are you in your organisation’s ability to effectively manage data/information security risks? ISO 27001 registrations provide companies with an effective framework for identifying risks and threats, as well as for establishing the appropriate internal controls for minimising or even eliminating them. This will give you and your stakeholders greater assurance that you are doing everything possible to safeguard your organisation’s vital information.
- Access to information. A critical element of any data security effort is effectively controlling who has access to information at any given time. ISO 27001 certification provides a framework for ensuring that all authorized users can get the information they need when they need it, while also preventing unauthorized users from accessing private or confidential data. This also helps to establish stakeholder trust and credibility, while enhancing your company’s recovery operations in the event of a breach or other catastrophic event.
- Meeting high customer expectations. Understandably, your customers are likely to have high expectations in terms of protecting their private or sensitive information. IS0 27001 standards act as a blueprint for establishing customer-friendly policies and procedures that reduce your company’s risk of a breach, helping to put your customers’ minds at ease. This can be advantageous in terms of improving customer retention and generating new business. It can also reduce the level of third-party scrutiny regarding your information security practices.
- Creating a security mindset. Information security must be a point of focus for every member of your organisation. The action of IS0 27001 implementation sends a clear message throughout your organisation that security is a top priority. By increasing awareness, you’ll be helping to establish a security mindset that will spread to every level of your company, which can also reduce the likelihood of staff-related security breaches.
IS ISO 27001 RIGHT FOR ME?
It’s right for you and your organisation if you need the evidence or assurance that your most important asset is protected from misuse, corruption, or loss.
We have certified organisations to ISO 27001 in a diverse range of sectors including Royal Mail Group, Smart Water Technology, Barcode Warehouse and the Northern Ireland Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment.
“ISO 27001 certification is widely recognised and we regard the Standard as a commercial necessity.” Smart Water
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ISO 27001?
Customer satisfaction. Give customers confidence that their personal information is protected and confidentiality upheld.
Business continuity. Avoid downtime with management of risk, legal compliance and vigilance of future security issues and concerns.
Legal compliance. Understand how statutory and regulatory requirements impact your organisation and its customers and reduce risk of facing prosecution and fines.
Improved risk management. Ensure customer records, financial information and intellectual property are protected from loss, theft and damage through a systematic framework.
Proven business credentials. Independent verification against a globally recognised industry standard speaks volumes.
Ability to win more business. Procurement specifications often require certification as a condition to supply, so gaining certification opens doors.
“In partnership with NQA, we have developed a rigorous and systematic approach to our information security management.” Nextira One
WHAT IS THE ISO 27001 CERTIFICATION PROCESS?
Application for registration is made by completing the ISO 27001 Quote Request Form. This provides information about your organisation so we can accurately define the scope of assessment.
Assessment to ISO 27001 is undertaken by NQA - this consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit (explained below). 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.
Certification to ISO 27001 is issued by NQA and maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.
For further information on the audit stages click here.
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Gap Analysis - We can undertake a gap analysis to help you determine the likely workload and timescale for implementing a information security management system that will achieve ISO 27001 certification. You can use this to plan implementation or brief a consultant.
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