The number of ISO 27001 certified organisations around the world is increasing steadily. According to the ISO Survey , by the end of 2011 there were 17,509, a 12% increase from 2010. The list of reasons as to why organisations adopt ISO 27001 is endless and here are just a few:
- Comply with business, legal, contractual and regulatory requirements
- Win new business opportunities
- Avoid large financial penalties
- Keeps confidential information secure
- Enhanced customer satisfaction that improves client retention
Yet, some organisations can feel forced to implement ISO 27001 due to pressure from clients. So why not turn this pressure into an advantage? Winning a contract is not necessarily a bad incentive, is it? After all, one benefit of ISO 27001 is a competitive advantage which means more business.
Whilst ISO 27001 requires financial investment and time, think about the costs you’ll be saving thanks to the operational improvements you can achieve by implementing the standard.
So, where do you start?
Like in most situations, knowledge is the key; a good place to start is the ISO 27001 Foundation course, followed by our ISO 27001 Lead Implementer course. The first one explains the standard and how to secure management commitment. The implementation course, on the other side, teaches you how to approach, scope and resource the project. Organisations trying to keep training costs to a minimum can take advantage of the ISO 27001 Combination Course. This is a 4 day course which will take delegates through both the foundation and lead implementer courses. It will provide you with the knowledge you need to drive your organisation towards ISO 27001 certification.
Furthermore, if delegates book onto the ISO 27001 Combination Course before the end of June 2013, they will receive a free copy of the final draft of the ISO27001 standard, ISO/IEC FDIS 27001(expected to be released in in the next few days). They will also receive a free copy of the new ISO27001:2013 standard when it is published (expected September 2013). This means organisations will benefit from implementing ISO 27001 now, whilst ensuring progress to the new version later this year.