What is an ISMS?
An ISMS takes a systematic approach to securing the confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA) of corporate information assets.
An ISO 27001 ISMS consists of policies, procedures and other controls involving people, processes and technology.
An ISMS is an efficient way to keep information assets secure, based on regular risk assessments and technology- and vendor-neutral approaches.
You can build your ISO 27001 ISMS using our ISO 27001 Toolkit. It includes all the pre-written policies, procedures and templates you need.
ISO 27001 has changed
ISO/IEC 27001:2022 – the newest version of ISO 27001 – was published in October 2022.
Organisations certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 have three years to update their ISMS.
For more information about ISO 27001:2022 and its companion standard, ISO 27002:2022, visit ISO 27001 and ISO 27002:2022 updates.
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ISO 27001 benefits
ISO 27001 is one of the most popular information security standards in existence. Independent accredited certification to the Standard is recognised worldwide. The number of certifications has grown by more than 450% in the past ten years.
Implementing the Standard helps you meet the requirements of laws such as the UK and EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the NIS (Network and Information Systems) Regulations. It also helps reduce the costs associated with data breaches.
Protect your data, wherever it is
Protect all forms of information, whether digital, hard copy or in the Cloud.
Increase your attack resilience
Increase your organisation’s resilience to cyber attacks.
Reduce information security costs
Implement only the security controls you need, helping you get the most out of your budget.
Respond to evolving security threats
Constantly adapt to changes both in the environment and inside the organisation.
Improve company culture
An ISMS encompasses people, processes and technology, ensuring staff understand risks and embrace security as part of their everyday working practices.
Meet contractual obligations
Certification demonstrates your organisation’s commitment to data security and provides a valuable credential when tendering for new business.
Learn more about the benefits of certification
How to achieve ISO 27001 compliance
Implementing an ISMS involves:
- Scoping the project.
- Securing management commitment and adequate resources;
- Identifying interested parties and applicable legal and contractual requirements;
- Conducting a risk assessment;
- Selecting and implementing the required controls;
- Developing internal competence to manage the project;
- Developing the appropriate documentation;
- Conducting staff awareness training;
- Continually measuring, monitoring, reviewing and auditing the ISMS; and
- Implementing the necessary corrective and preventive actions.
Discover our ISO 27001 implementation checklist and our nine-step approach to implementing an ISMS in our bestselling guide.
ISO 27001 and risk management
Risk management forms the cornerstone of an ISMS. All ISMS 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 treatment, in Clause 6.1.
Demonstrating GDPR compliance with ISO 27001 and ISO 27701
Like all ISO management system standards, ISO 27001 follows Annex SL. This common high-level structure makes implementing integrated management systems that conform to multiple standards easier.
For instance, an ISO 22301-compliant BCMS (business continuity management system) could share components with an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS.
ISO 27701 is an extension to ISO 27001, expanding its requirements to cover privacy management. This includes the processing of personal data or PII (personally identifiable information).
Implementing an integrated ISMS and ISO 27701-compliant PIMS (privacy information management system) will help you meet the GDPR’s requirements for managing, processing and protecting personal data.
Learn more about ISO 27701
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