IT Governance urges organisations to achieve ISO 27001 compliance as ISO reports a 20% rise in certifications worldwide


IT Governance, the leading provider of cyber security and ISO 27001 expertise and solutions, is urging organisations to achieve compliance to ISO 27001, the standard for information security management.

This comes in response to a recent survey, conducted by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which shows the annual number of valid certificates issued against ISO management standards. The survey reveals that the number of organisations certified to ISO 27001 increased by 20% worldwide in 2015.

Alan Calder, the founder and chief executive officer of IT Governance, said: “We’re glad to see that more organisations recognise the benefits of implementing ISO 27001. In 2015, over 27,500 organisations obtained certification to ISO 27001, which shows organisations rely on implementing an information security management system (ISMS) to gain competitive advantage in the market place, meet supplier chain demands and prevent the ongoing and evolving cyber threats.”

ISO 27001 is the worldwide recognised best-practice framework for implementing an ISMS. The Standard encompasses technology, processes and people to help organisations identify the risks to their information security and put in place pertinent controls to reduce the risk of a data breach or cyber-attack.

Furthermore, the report suggests that this is the first year since 2007, when records began, that has seen such growth in the number of certifications. The countries which experienced the largest increases in the number of certificates were North America (+78%) and Africa (+63%), with East Asia and Pacific organisations still holding the largest number of certificates (11,994). The substantial number of certifications in this region is the result of privacy laws which mandate that Japanese businesses achieve certification to ISO 27001.
Organisations wishing to implement an ISMS and achieve compliance with ISO 27001 can take advantage of IT Governance’s packaged solutions, which are designed to enable organisations to implement ISO 27001 in an efficient and cost-effective manner that suits the organisation’s needs and preferred project approach.
The ISO 27001 packaged solutions are designed to help organisations by complementing their in-house skills and resources through a combination of products and services that can be accessed online and deployed by organisations worldwide.
For more information about IT Governance’s ISO 27001 packaged solutions, please visit our website, contact our consultancy team direct at, or call us on +44 (0)845 070 1750.
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