5 benefits of ISO 27001 certification

ISO 27001 is the only auditable international standard that defines the requirements of an information security management system.

It contains a set of policies, procedures, processes and systems that manage information risks such as cyber attacks, hacks, data leaks or theft.

But how exactly will this help your organisation? Here are five reasons your organisation will benefit from certifying to ISO 27001.

1. Avoid hefty fines

ISO 27001 is the accepted global benchmark for the effective management of information assets. It enables organisations to avoid the costly penalties associated with non-compliance with data protection requirements and the financial losses resulting from data breaches. 

2. Protect your reputation

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.

3. Comply with business, legal, contractual and regulatory requirements

ISO 27001 certification is also in line with rigid regulatory requirements such as the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the NIS Directive (Directive on security of network and information systems) and other cyber security laws.

4. Improve structure and focus

When an organisation grows rapidly, it does not take long before there is confusion around responsibility for information assets. ISO 27001 helps organisations set up clear information risk responsibilities. 

5. Reduce the need for frequent audits

ISO 27001 certification is globally accepted and demonstrates effective security, reducing the need for repeat customer audits. 

ISO 27001 certification with IT Governance

IT Governance led the world’s first ISO 27001 certification project, and we’ve been at the forefront of the cyber security initiative ever since.

Those looking for advice on how to implement the framework should download our free guide: Information Security and ISO 27001 – An introduction.

This green paper provides a comprehensive introduction to ISO 27001 and the ways in which it helps organisations manage their information security requirements.

It also contains guidance on the steps you should take to initiate an ISO 27001 implementation project.

Meanwhile, we can also help if you’re looking to get straight into ISO 27001 training. We are the world’s leading provider of classroom and online ISO 27001 training, having helped more than 7,000 professionals gain a professional qualification.

We offer range of ISO 27001 training courses, covering both introductory and advanced topics.

A version of this blog was originally published on 17 September 2018.


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