What is ISO 27001?
What is ISO 27001?
ISO 27001:2013 is the international standard that provides a framework for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) to provide continued confidentiality, integrity and availability of information as well as legal compliance. ISO 27001 certification is essential for protecting your most vital assets like employee and client information, brand image and other private information. The ISO standard includes a process-based approach to initiating, implementing, operating and maintaining your ISMS.
ISO 27001 implementation is an ideal response to customer and legal requirements such as the GDPR and potential security threats including: cyber crime, personal data breaches, vandalism / terrorism, fire / damage, misuse, theft and viral attacks.
So far in 2019, around 32 percent of businesses identified cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. 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 organization.
Achieving accredited ISO 27001 certification shows that your company is dedicated to following the best practices of information security. Additionally, ISO 27001 certification provides you with an expert evaluation of whether your organization's information is adequately protected. Read on to explore even more benefits of ISO 27001 certification.
How To Get Certified To ISO 27001
Helps you with
- Asset protection
- Security policy
- Cyber security strategy
- IT governance
- Incident management
- Threat mitigation
- Downtime reduction
- Loss prevention
- Data breaches
- Compliance checklist
- Management system
Other risk management standards:
Benefits of ISO 27001 Certification
Give customers confidence that their personal data/information is protected and confidentiality upheld at all times.
Avoid downtime with management of risk, legal compliance and vigilance of future security issues and concerns.
Understand how statutory and regulatory requirements impact your organization and its customers, whilst reducing 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 recognized industry standard speaks volumes.
Ability to win more business
Procurement specifications often require certification as a condition to supply, so certification opens doors.
Global recognition as a reputable supplier
Certification is recognized internationally and accepted throughout industry supply chains, setting industry benchmarks for sourcing suppliers.
Is ISO 27001 right for me?
It’s right for you and your organization if you need the evidence or assurance that your most important asset is protected from misuse, corruption, or loss.
We have certified organizations 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.
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 organization within any industry keep business information assets secure.
GDPR and ISO 27001
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has a much more extensive scope than the previous Data Protection Act (DPA) and has been introduced to stay in touch with the modern digital landscape. The Regulation affords more data rights to individuals and requires organizations to develop defined policies, procedures and to adopt relevant technical and organizational controls to protect personal data.
The GDPR applies to two types of users, of which we will undoubtedly all fall; Controllers and Processors. Briefly put; the controller determines how and why the personal data is used or processed and the processor acts on the controllers behalf, much like many organizations relying on the services of an IT service provider. Processors have more legal obligations placed on them in the case of a breach however a controller will be responsible for ensuring the contracts with the processor comply with the GDPR.
This is not a complete overview of the regulation and should not be used as such. Find out the key points and how they map to ISO 27001 here.
Steps to Certification
You will need to fill in an application form in order for NQA to 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 the scope of assessment and provide you with a proposal for certification.
Once you’ve agreed your proposal your assessments will be booked 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 a hard and soft copy of the certification. Certification is valid for three years and is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.