5 key benefits of an ISO 27001 gap analysis

Building an ISMS (information security management system) that meets the requirements of ISO 27001 is a challenging project, and it is often difficult to know where to start.

One way to simplify the process is to conduct an ISO 27001 gap analysis, a process in which your current state of compliance is measured against the Standard.

Below we have outlined exactly how an ISO 27001 gap analysis can benefit your organisation.

1) You’ll gain a high-level overview of what needs to be done to achieve ISO 27001 certification

An ISO 27001 gap analysis enables you to gain a true picture of your information security posture by assessing and comparing your organisation’s existing information security arrangements against the Standard’s requirements.

2) It’ll enable you to scope your ISMS parameters across all business functions

Conducting an ISO 27001 gap analysis gives you a clear insight into the extent of the implementation project, enabling you to accurately determine what to include in the scope of your ISMS.

3) You’re more likely to secure top management commitment

Once you’ve got a clear picture of the ISMS scope, you are more easily able to estimate the resources and budgetary needs of the ISO 27001 project.

By translating cyber risks into business terms, you can ensure your organisation’s leadership makes well-informed decisions by clearly demonstrating how the ISMS will help the company avoid risks or reduce costs.

4) You’ll understand what you need to do next

After completing the ISO 27001 gap analysis, you’ll receive an outline action plan as well as an indication of the level of internal management effort required to implement the ISMS. This valuable insight enables you to confidently plan a strategic roadmap for the next steps of your implementation project.

5) Accredited certification will be well within reach

Not only does the ISO 27001 gap analysis process provide you with the potential timeline to achieve certification readiness but the post-audit report indicates what further measures are likely required to achieve certification to the Standard (and offers suggestions as to how to achieve this).

Get a true picture of your ISO 27001 compliance posture with IT Governance

Although there are a number of free spreadsheet-based ISO 27001 gap analysis tools available, they lack the of depth of understanding that a professional consultancy service offers.

IT Governance’s ISO 27001 Gap Analysis service provides a detailed review of the current state of your organisation’s compliance against the requirements of ISO 27001.

Conducted by a qualified ISO 27001 specialist, our unique service will give you an informed assessment of:

  • Your compliance gaps;
  • The proposed scope of your ISMS;
  • Your internal resource requirements; and
  • The potential timeline to achieve certification readiness.

Additionally, an in-person gap analysis will provide you with the information necessary to develop a strong business case for implementing an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS.

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