What is the ISO/IEC 27001 standard?

What is ISO 27001?

The ISO 27000 family of standards offers a set of specifications and best-practice guidelines for organisations to ensure effective information security management. ISO/IEC 27001 is the international standard that describes best practice for an information security management system (ISMS). Accredited certification to ISO 27001 demonstrates that your company is following information security best practice. It is awarded following an independent, expert assessment by an accredited certification body of whether your data is adequately protected.

What is an ISMS?

An ISMS (information security management system) is a systematic approach to managing confidential or sensitive company information so that it remains secure. An ISO-compliant ISMS protects information in all its forms, not just personal data. Using a coordinated set of processes, technology, documents and people, an ISMS helps to manage, monitor, audit and improve your organisation’s information security. The international information security standard, ISO 27001 provides guidelines for implementing an ISMS.

An ISO 27001-compliant ISMS relies on regular risk assessments to identify and treat security threats according to your organisation’s risk appetite and tolerance. Implementing an ISMS requires a number of steps and involves the entire organisation. An ISO 27001-compliant ISMS can also help organisations stand out from the competition: it identifies and alleviates information security risks so your clients know that you value the confidentiality of their information.

Benefits of implementing an ISO 27001

Implementing an ISMS certified to ISO 27001 offers a wide range of benefits:

  • Retain existing customers and win new business

ISO 27001 certification demonstrates that your organisation has implemented good security practices. This drives customer retention and provides a proven marketing edge against competitors, and the certification is valued by companies at all levels, including giants like Microsoft, Google and Verizon.

  • Avoid financial penalties

ISO 27001 is the global benchmark for effective management of information assets. This enables organisations to avoid financial penalties and costs that come with data breaches and non-compliance with data protection requirements.

  • Protect your reputation

The risk of a cyber attack is increasing every day and the effect they have on businesses can sometimes be fatal. An ISO 27001-certified ISMS can protect your organisation from cyber attacks and demonstrate to existing and potential customers that you have the processes in place to protect your data.

  • Meet all the relevant legal and business requirements

ISO 27001 ensures that suitable security controls are in place to protect your organisation’s information, and that these controls are in line with regulatory requirements such as the EU’s Network and Information Systems (NIS) Directive and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

There is a reason ISO 27001 is the third fastest-growing standard in the world. Almost 30,000 organisations have taken steps to achieve certification to the Standard, enabling them to reap the benefits.

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