ISO 27001 is the internationally recognised cyber security best practice specification for an information security management system (ISMS). ISO 27001 sets out the requirements for which an ISMS can be audited and certified.
ISO 27001 is part of the ISO 27000 family of standards, and specifies requirements which must all be followed. The other Standards in the ISO 27000 family are codes of practice which provide non-compulsory best practice guidelines which organisations may follow in whole or in part.
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ISO 27001 sets out specific requirements for which an organisation’s ISMS can be audited and certified. The new standard ISO 27001:2013 was published on 25 September 2013 and is available at IT Governance EU.
The standard was published jointly by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). This standard replaces the previous version ISO/ IEC 27001:2005.
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ISO 27001 in Europe
According to a recent report conducted by ENISA on Security Certification Practices, companies in Europe stated that the main two reasons for adopting an Information Security Management System (ISMS) are for improving quality and for meeting the expectations of existing customers and gaining new ones. Respondents have also stated that ISMS represents a marketing and competitive advantage among the competition. The “big three” standards (ISO 20000, ISO 27001 and ISO 9001) are the most requested by companies. ISO 27001 certification has been classified as “the company’s main strategic business asset” and “a wealth of industry experience and knowledge” according to the report.
The number of ISO27001 certificates in Europe has grown significantly over the past seven years. According to the latest ISO Survey, there are 7,950 ISO27001 certificates throughout Europe as of 2013, which is 24% up on the previous year. The UK, Italy, Romania, Spain and Germany have the largest number of ISO27001 certificates in Europe, but the biggest growth rates in 2013 were seen in Albania, Austria and Armenia which saw jumps of 71%, 62% and 57% respectively.
With recent high-profile data breaches at Home Depot, Target and eBay, and pressure from stakeholders and local legislation, many organisations are seeing the benefits of taking action and certifying their ISMS to ISO27001.
Alan Calder, founder and executive chairman of leading information security experts, IT Governance, comments on the ISO Survey: “The increase in ISO27001 certificates is not surprising. More and more companies have come to realise the benefits of implementing an ISO27001-accredited information security management system, both in terms of improving security and gaining a competitive advantage.”
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ISO 27001:2013 vs. ISO 27001:2005
ISO 27001:2013, the latest version of ISO 27001, presents certain key changes to ISO 27001:2005, of which the most prominent are:
- The Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model is no longer a requirement for ISO27001:2013 and organisations can apply any form of continual improvement method.
- Organisations required to use specific process models (e.g. COBIT, ITIL etc.) have reduced barriers to entry.
- There are changes to the structure of the standard.
- ISO27001:2013 is designed to better integrate with other ISO/IEC standards. Terms and definitions are standardised across the ISO27000 family.
- The standard is more flexible in general.
- The ISO31000 risk assessment link ties information security risk management into corporate risk management approaches.
- The roles of board and management/leadership are clearly delineated.
- The clauses and controls in Annex A have been restructured.
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ISO 27001 benefits
ISO 27001 ensures organisations are protected from information risks and threats which could otherwise lead to reputational damage, financial repercussions and the loss of assets. The standard provides companies with assurance and also helps to develop and enhance information security best practice. Benefits of ISO 27001 certification include:
- Winning and retaining business opportunities
- Protecting and enhance your reputation
- Building trust (internally and externally)
- Demonstrating compliance
- Satisfying audit requirements
- Improving efficiency
- Identifying vulnerabilities (new ‘unknowns’)
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