ISO 27001 is the only auditable international standard that defines the requirements of an ISMS (information security management system).
An ISMS is a systematic approach consisting of processes, technology and people that helps you protect and manage all your organisation’s information through effective risk management.
At the heart of an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS are business-driven risk assessments, which means you will be able to identify and treat security threats according to your organisation’s risk appetite and tolerance.
But how exactly will this help your organisation? Here are five reasons your organisation will benefit from certifying to ISO 27001.
1. It will protect your reputation from security threats
The most obvious reason to certify to ISO 27001 is that it will help you avoid security threats. This includes both cyber criminals breaking into your organisation and data breaches caused by internal actors making mistakes.
ISO 27001’s framework ensures that you have the tools in place to strengthen your organisation across the three pillars of cyber security: people, processes and technology.
You can use the Standard to identify the relevant policies you need to document, the technologies to protect you and the staff training to avoid mistakes.
2. You’ll avoid regulatory fines
ISO 27001 helps organisations to avoid the costly penalties associated with non-compliance with data protection requirements such as the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
Indeed, the Standard’s framework has much in common with the GDPR, and organisations can use its guidelines to achieve and maintain compliance.
But the GDPR isn’t the only framework that ISO 27001 can help you with. Its best-practice approach to information security means it is a suitable starting point for any number of regulations.
Free download: Information Security and ISO 27001 – An introduction
You can learn more about the benefits of ISO 27001 by downloading our free guide: Information Security and ISO 27001 – An introduction.
You’ll discover how ISO 27001 works, how it relates to ISO 27002 and the steps you must take to implement the framework.
3. It will protect your reputation
By achieving ISO 27001 compliance, you can demonstrate to stakeholders that you take information security seriously.
This will help you win new business and enhance your reputation with existing clients and customers. In fact, some organisations will only work with organisations that can demonstrate that they have certified to ISO 27001.
Cyber attacks are on the increase in across Europe and the rest of the world, and can have a massive impact on your organisation and its reputation. An ISO 27001-certified ISMS (information security management system) helps protect your organisation and keeps you out of the headlines.
4. It will improve your structure and focus
As organisations adapt and grow, it won’t take long before people lose sight of their responsibilities regarding information security.
With ISO 27001, you can create a system that has enough flexibility to ensure that everyone maintains their focus on information security tasks. Similarly, it requires organisations to conduct annual risk assessments, which help you make changes where necessary.
5. It reduces the need for frequent audits
ISO 27001 certification is globally accepted and demonstrates effective security, reducing the need for repeat customer audits.
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You can be assured that your compliance project is successful with our toolkit. You’ll receive more than 140 customisable ISO 27001 documentation templates, including policies, procedures, work instructions and records.
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A version of this blog was originally published on 17 September 2018.