Is ISO 27001 Exclusive to the IT Industry?

20 Aug, 2019

ISO 27001 is often considered as being exclusively for the IT Industry but is that really the case?

Firstly, what is ISO 27001?

ISO 27001 is an Information Security Management System which helps you to effectively manage the risks to the security of your confidential data, both physically and electronically.

So, ISO 27001 doesn’t just apply to those within the IT industry but to any business that holds confidential data.  It’s highly likely that you hold some level of confidential information, three common examples include:

  1. Customer information (such as name, address, contact details information and bank account details)
  2. Employee information (such as name, address, contact details information and bank account details)
  3. Financial statements of the businesses

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becoming legislation in May last year it is essential that you manage the risks to the security of your confidential data.  Failure to comply, could run the risk of big fines from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).  Whilst ISO 27001 doesn’t make you compliant with GDPR, it certainly helps.

So where does this myth come from?

Well, this isn’t the only common misconception of ISO 27001.  Many also believe it is a cyber-exclusive standard, yet another myth! For some reason, ISO 27001 seems to give off a ‘cyber’ feel.  Whilst this is inaccurate, it’s not surprising given the way we manage our data in this day and age.

Whilst ISO 27001 is suitable for any business.  It is worth pointing out of course the added benefits to those within the IT industry which may also fuel the fire on this myth.

One of the many benefits of ISO 27001 is that it will increase your businesses image and provide customers with peace of mind when it comes to safeguarding their data.

For those within the IT industry however, it will provide your customers with additional confidence required when it comes to you helping them protect their own data.  It shows you take information security seriously and are therefore a trusted provider whether that’s helping them to manage their own security systems or for you to hold their data within your cloud environment.

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