ISO 27001 is one of the most popular management system standards developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
While most professionals in the information security community are well aware of its existence and the benefits it brings, not many business leaders understand the business benefits of ISO 27001 certification.
Below are a few of the ways in which ISO 27001 can improve productivity, efficiency and focus in an organisation.
1. Better planning
Planning is at the core of any management system. ISO 27001 encourages taking a proactive approach to security rather than reacting to information security incidents. By implementing an ISMS (information security management system) aligned to ISO 27001, you will be planning for any eventuality. This means that you and your clients are at less risk of a data breach – which, without an ISMS, can result in potentially disastrous legal, reputational or financial consequences.
2. Improved organisational focus
Implementing ISO 27001 also results in improved structure and organisational focus. By clarifying roles and responsibilities – such as who is responsible for which information assets, and who has access to which systems – ISO 27001 can help to bring about greater business efficiencies, and eliminate the unnecessary waste of resources and time.
3. Improved company culture
Although ISO 27001 doesn’t necessarily set out to improve company culture, it does so by promoting staff awareness about information security across the organisation. When employees understand the risks that may occur because of certain behaviours, they are more open to adopting the necessary security controls. In this way, ISO 27001 helps increase visibility of IT security issues, thereby creating a culture of security vigilance, which can help boost morale.
4. Doing business globally
Companies looking to expand into global markets will soon realise that it is almost impossible to do business where sensitive information is concerned without an ISO 27001 certification. Indeed, ISO 27001 is often a supply-chain requirement for suppliers of multinational firms and government departments. In some countries, such as Japan, it is a legal requirement.
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