What is the ISO 27001
Information Security Management System?
ISO 27001 is the internationally recognised standard for information security management systems (ISMS). In 2022, ISO 27001 was updated by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), enhancing its relevance and effectiveness in today’s digital landscape.
ISO 27001 can protect any organisation, regardless of size and industry, from security threats, whether internal, external, intentional, or accidental. ISO 27001 outlines best practices to implement, maintain, and continually improve an effective ISMS. By improving your ISMS to the level required, you can ensure your systems, technology, data, and reputation remain intact.
Benefits of ISO 27001 certification
Keeps your systems and data safe from all manner of threats
Provides reassurance that you take data security seriously
Enables you to apply for public sector tenders
Ensures you stay ahead of any new threats
Enhances your company image and differentiates you from the competition
Reduces the costs and amount of downtime associated with security threats
Provides reassurance that you are on top of regulatory requirements
Gives employees the confidence to identify and handle potential risks
How can ISO 27001 Boost Your Security?
Implementing ISO 27001 demonstrates your commitment to safeguarding your IT infrastructure and valuable data.
ISO 27001 ensures you take a holistic view of the data security risks that can affect your business regularly. It ensures that you consider risks generated by people, processes, systems or external factors. This helps preserve the confidentiality, integrity and availability of sensitive corporate information and reduces the risk of costly security threats.
The process typically starts with auditing your current ISMS systems, where they are assessed against the requirements of the accreditation. Once certified, this globally recognised standard enhances your reputation, providing instant kudos in the private sector and enables you to apply for public sector tenders.
You could soon be using this standard to communicate to your potential customers that their information is secure, your team is well-trained, and you are on top of your risks and regulatory requirements. Plus, you can reassure them that your business continuity plan strengthens their supply chain.
As for your employees, they’ll enjoy the reassurance that comes from being able to confidently identify and handle potential risks, whatever their level of IT experience.
How is ISO 27001 Different to the Cyber Essentials Scheme?
ISO 27001 covers the requirements of the Cyber Essential Scheme and more. However, organisations can benefit from having both certifications.
Cyber Essentials is a UK government-backed scheme focusing on the essential technical security controls that guard against common cyber threats.
ISO 27001 is the internationally recognised standard for information security and considers all your data whether it’s physical or digital. It encompasses various aspects of security including processes, risk management, personnel, and physical and technical controls.
Does ISO 27001 Make You Compliant with GDPR?
No, but it does provide a solid framework for managing information security and aligning with certain aspects of GDPR. It can assist you in meeting several security-related requirements, such as implementing measures to protect personal data, establishing incident response procedures and demonstrating accountability through documented controls and processes.
How Much Does ISO 27001 Cost?
The costs vary depending on the size of your organisation and the level to which you’re currently operating with regard to your processes and procedures. Due to our proposals being bespoke, we recommend getting in touch with a member of our team to discuss your requirement in more detail so we can provide a free, no-obligation quote.
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As well as your annual re-certification audit, we provide yearly support visits. These are entirely flexible to you and can be used to ensure you’re on track for your audit or to focus on a key area. Either way, they’re a great opportunity to meet with your assessor and benefit from their vast knowledge and expertise.
In addition, you will have a dedicated account manager on hand to support you with the day-to-day running of your ISMS and access to our client portal with exclusive access to templates and guides.
Your ISO 27001 certificate will be valid for 12 months and subject to an annual re-certification audit throughout your contract.
No, we do not provide UKAS Accreditation. We do work in partnership with UKAS Accredited Bodies and can recommend a provider if needed. We can also support you through the process with our consultancy services. In most cases, non-accredited certification is enough for the majority of businesses, so we do recommend reviewing whether you do require UKAS or not.