‘What are the benefits of ISO 27001?’ – If you type this question into Google, you are likely to get a dozen of search results which list the benefits of complying with the international information security standard, ISO 27001.
I suppose that the people searching for the benefits of ISO 27001 are those who have the challenge of convincing their management to fund the implementation of an information security management system (ISMS). Inevitably, the same individuals will be asked about the costs associated with the project, and if it sounds too expensive, management are likely to say ‘no’.
Therefore, being personally convinced in the business benefits of ISO 27001, and able to pass this conviction on to management, is critical if you want to receive a ‘yes’ from the board.
According to specialist websites, the most quoted benefits of ISO 27001-certification are:
- Keeps confidential information secure
- Helps you to comply with regulations
- Helps you gain status as preferred supplier
- Provides you with a competitive advantage
Whilst the above points might be useful, information security professionals probably need more facts to put a business case together. This is why the IT Governance team have put together an information page which talks about the benefits of ISO 27001 in a little more detail. Moreover, since our company is certified to ISO 27001, we know what we are talking about!
We believe that in today’s information economy it pays off to be ISO 27001 compliant.
Apart for the obvious benefits of gaining competitive advantage and winning new business (as many of our ISO 27001-certified clients have acknowledged), there are additional benefits which are often overlooked, but can play an important role. For example, ISO 27001 implementation can improve your company’s culture by increasing visibility and comprehension of IT security issues as well as making everyone feel they are contributing to something valuable. Higher staff morale means higher commitment and can contribute to meeting business objectives.
One of our clients has recognised the positive effect an ISO 27001 implementation project can have on team collaboration and productivity:
“There was real value in adopting ISO 27001 in bringing the employees of Tribal together. We all saw this as a key management project. The requirements of the ISMS framework meant that team collaboration in the implementation process is an inevitable feature – but as we have found it can also be highly-productive.” (Mike Fegan, Director of Projects (Services), Tribal)
So, why not use the above example in your business case? Read our benefits of ISO 27001 page for more information or simply call IT Governance on 0333 800 7000 to discuss the next steps.
If you are new to information security and ISO 27001, a good place to start is by reading our Green Paper, Information Security and ISO 27001 – An Introduction.