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What is an ISMS?
An ISMS is a holistic approach to securing the confidentiality, integrity and availability of corporate information assets.
It consists of policies, procedures and other controls involving people, processes and technology.
Informed by regular information security risk assessments, an ISMS is an efficient, cost-effective approach to keeping your information assets secure.
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ISO 27001 and risk management
Risk management forms the cornerstone of an ISO/IEC information security management system. All ISO 27001 projects rely on regular information security risk assessments to determine which security controls to implement and maintain.
The Standard defines its requirements for the risk management process, including risk assessment and risk treatment, in section 6.1.2.
ISO 27001 benefits
ISO 27001 is one of the most popular information security standards in existence. Independently accredited certification to the Standard is recognised around the world and the number of certifications has grown by more than 450% in the past ten years.
Implementing ISO 27001 helps you meet the information security requirements of laws such as the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the NIS Regulations (Network and Information Systems) Regulations. This helps reduce the costs associated with data breaches.
Protect your data, wherever it lives
An ISO 27001-compliant ISMS helps protect all forms of information, whether digital, hard copy or in the Cloud
Increase your attack resilience
Implementing and maintaining an ISMS significantly increases your organisation’s resilience to cyber attacks.
Reduce information security costs
ISO 27001’s risk-based approach means you implement only the security controls you really need, helping you get the most from your budget while reducing the risk of a data breach.
Respond to evolving security threats
Constantly adapting to changes both in the environment and inside the organisation, an ISMS reduces the threat of continually evolving risks.
Improve company culture
An ISMS encompasses people, processes and technology, ensuring staff understand risks and embrace security controls as part of their everyday working practices.
Meet contractual obligations
Certification demonstrates your organisation’s commitment to information security and provides a valuable credential when tendering for new business.
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Demonstrating GDPR compliance with ISO 27001 and ISO 27701
ISO/IEC 27701:2019 (ISO 27701) is an extension to ISO 27001, which expands its requirements to cover privacy management – including the processing of personal data/PII (personally identifiable information).
Implementing both ISO 27701 and ISO 27001 will enable you to meet the EU GDPR’s requirement for “appropriate technical and organisational measures” – as well as help you comply with many other data protection regimes.
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How to implement an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS
Implementing an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS involves:
- Scoping the project;
- Securing management commitment and budget;
- Identifying interested parties, and legal, regulatory and contractual requirements;
- Conducting a risk assessment;
- Reviewing and implementing the required controls;
- Developing internal competence;
- Developing the appropriate documentation;
- Conducting staff awareness training; and
- Continually measuring, monitoring, reviewing and auditing the ISMS.
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