For a second year running, the ISO Survey has shown that ISO 27001 certifications have grown by 20%.
In 2016, 33,290 certifications were issued worldwide, compared to 27,536 certifications the previous year.
ISO 27001 certifications remains highest in Asia-Pacific (+23%) and Europe (+20%), which now have 14,704 and 12,532 organisations certified to the Standard respectively.
However, growth is highest in Africa (+74%) and Central/South America (+63%), which have 224 and 564 organisations certified to the Standard respectively.
In the UK, ISO 27001 certifications rose to 3,367, a rise of 21% from the previous year. The UK is ranked fifth in the world in ISO 27001 certifications, and 10% of the world’s certifications are now by UK businesses.
Why are so many organisations getting certified to ISO 27001?
Data breaches and cyber attacks are, unfortunately, becoming a regular occurrence. Our annual list of data breaches and cyber attacks showed that 3.1 billion records were leaked in 2016. As a result, organisations worldwide are recognising the need for an information security management system (ISMS) certified to ISO 27001.
Many organisations are aware that ISO 27001 is an excellent approach to tackling EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance – which is helpful, as the deadline for complying with the Regulation is coming around quickly: 25 May 2018. An ISMS aligned to ISO 27001 can help organisations protect all their corporate information and intellectual property, as well as personal data.
ISO 27001 certification brings a wealth of benefits, including:
- Avoid penalties and financial losses due to data breaches.
- Meet increasing client demands for greater data security.
- Protect and enhance your reputation.
- Get independently audited proof that your data is secure.
Implementing ISO 27001
To help your organisation implement an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS, our DIY packaged solutions will simplify your compliance project, enabling you to get certified to ISO 27001 quicker and with less effort required.
Each fixed-price DIY package contains a selection of ISO 27001 products and services from the following:
- Set of three standards
- Two implementation guides
- Policies and procedures toolkit
- Risk assessment software
- Two training courses and exams
- Live, online consultancy