Key benefits of ISO 27001

What is ISO 27001?

ISO 27001 is the only auditable international standard that defines the requirements of an ISMS (information security management system).

An ISMS is a set of policies, procedures, processes and systems that manage information security risks, such as cyber attacks, hacks, data leaks or theft.

Certification to ISO/IEC 27001 demonstrates that an organisation has defined and put in place best-practice information security processes.

Not all organisations choose to get ISO 27001 certified; some just use the Standard as a framework for a best-practice approach to information security.

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ISO 27001 and ISO 27002 2022 updates

ISO/IEC 27001:2022 – the newest version of ISO 27001 – was published in October 2022.

Organisations that are certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 have a three-year transition period to make the necessary changes to their ISMS (information security management system).

For more information about ISO 27001:2022 and its companion standard, ISO 27002:2022, and what they mean for your organisation, please visit ISO 27001 and ISO 27002: 2022 updates

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How can you benefit from ISO 27001 certification?

 Win new business and sharpen your competitive edge

ISO 27001 compliance helps you demonstrate good security practices, which can improve relationships with clients and give you a competitive advantage.

As a company with ISO 27001 certification, you can seek out new business opportunities with the assurance that your claims are backed up.

You can use your certification to:

  • Tender for new contracts;
  • Demonstrate to potential clients that you take security seriously; and
  • Stand out from the competition.

 Avoid the financial penalties and losses associated with data breaches

The global average cost of a data breach has skyrocketed to $4.35 million (a 12.7% increase from 2020), according to IBM’s 2022 Cost of a Data Breach Report.

ISO 27001 is the global standard for effective information management. It helps organisations avoid potentially costly security breaches.

ISO 27001-certified organisations can show customers, partners and shareholders that they have taken steps to protect data in the event of a breach. This can help minimise the financial and reputational damage caused by a data breach.

 Protect and enhance your reputation

Cyber attacks are increasing in volume and strength daily. The financial and reputational damage caused by ineffectual information security can be disastrous.

Implementing an ISO 27001-certified ISMS helps protect your organisation against such threats and demonstrates that you have taken the necessary steps to protect your business.

 Comply with business, legal, contractual and regulatory requirements

ISO 27001 is designed to ensure the selection of adequate and proportionate security controls that help protect information in line with increasingly rigid regulatory requirements such as the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and NIS (Network and Information Systems) Regulations.

 Improve structure and focus

When a business grows rapidly, it doesn’t take long before there is confusion about who is responsible for which information assets. The ISO 27001 standard helps organisations become more productive by clearly setting out information risk responsibilities.

The benefits of having a clear and well-defined structure for managing information risks are:

  • Increased productivity: Organisations can improve productivity by ensuring that everyone understands who is responsible for which information assets. This way, there is no duplication of effort and everyone knows their role.
  • Improved decision-making: Organisations can make better decisions about how to manage information risks by understanding the risks involved.
  • Reduced costs: Organisations can avoid wasted effort and expense by having a clear and concise structure for managing information risks.

 Reduce the need for frequent audits

ISO 27001 certification provides a globally accepted indication of security effectiveness, negating the need for repeated customer audits, and reducing external customer audit days.

 Obtain an independent opinion about your security posture

Certification to ISO 27001 requires regular reviews and internal audits of the ISMS to ensure continual improvement.

In addition, an external auditor will review the ISMS at specific intervals to establish whether its controls are working as intended.

This independent assessment provides an expert opinion of whether the ISMS is functioning correctly and provides the level of security needed to protect the organisation’s information.

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