We often talk about how organisations can benefit from implementing ISO 27001, the international standard the describes best practice for an information security management system (ISMS), but did you know that employees will benefit too?
Here are three reasons why you’d be better off working for an ISO 27001-certified organisation
1) It leads to more work
Organisations that adopt ISO 27001 demonstrate that they take cyber security seriously, which is a growing concern among clients. Committing to information security via the Standard gives organisations a competitive advantage, which will be passed on to employees.
Sales teams and marketers, for example, can use the organisation’s reputation for security to win new business. This increases the amount of work across the organisation and offers employees the opportunity to prove how valuable they are.
2) It protects jobs
ISO 27001 outlines information security policies and procedures for staff to follow. This is helpful for employees in two ways.
First, it mitigates the risk of data breaches, which are often very damaging and can threaten jobs. This isn’t necessarily because the organisation needs to balance the cost of responding to a breach (although it’s a possibility), but because of the reputational damage caused by a data breach. Customers and third parties might stop working with the organisation, reducing profits and forcing the organisation to scale back.
Second, if employees follow ISO 27001’s guidance, the organisation won’t be able to blame them for a data breach. This ensures that senior staff fully investigate the reason for the breach instead of scapegoating an employee, who may have been doing everything that they should have.
3) It keeps personal data secure
Staff should rightfully be concerned about protecting clients’ data, but they should be just as concerned about the personal data they give to their employer. Organisations hold a lot of employee information, so staff will be relieved to know that their personal data is being protected in line with best practices. For example, it mandates that organisations create a centrally managed framework for keeping information secure and that they regular assess its performance against a set of predetermined criteria.
Learn more about ISO 27001
If you want more information about ISO 27001, we recommend reading Information Security & ISO 27001: An introduction.
This free green paper goes into more detail on the benefits of implementing ISO 27001 and explains the certification process. It also covers:
- ISO 27001’s compatibility with other standards;
- The importance of risk assessments and risk treatment plans; and
- How the Standard helps organisations meet legal and regulatory obligations.