The 5 most common reasons for implementing ISO 27001

If you’re considering implementing ISO 27001, the international standard for information security, you’ve probably heard experts like us talk about the benefits. However, it’s always best to find out what organisations with first-hand experience think, which is why we created our ISO 27001 Global Survey. 

We asked 128 professionals from around the world about their experience with ISO 27001 and what persuaded them to implement its requirements. This blog details the five most common reasons.


5. Required when tendering for new business

Information security is a top priority for many organisations, so it’s not a surprise that suppliers insist that third parties follow best practices. According to our survey, 46% of respondents said they adopted the Standard at the request of their partners.


4. Achieve GDPR compliance

ISO 27001 has a lot in common with the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), and we are among those who suggest using the Standard’s framework as the basis of your GDPR implementation project. Our respondents have taken this advice on board, with 48% doing just that. 


3. Ensure legal and regulatory compliance

The GDPR isn’t the only law that ISO 27001 can help organisations comply with. You are probably subject to dozens of regulations that contain information security requirements. Respondents were generally aware of this, with 52% using ISO 27001’s best practices to tackle these laws en masse.


2. Gain a competitive advantage

At a time when information security is on everybody’s mind, it pays to be able to demonstrate effective defence measures. Whether you’re targeting vendors, sub-suppliers or individual customers, you are more likely to gain their trust by displaying an ISO 27001 certificate. 

More than half of our respondents (57%) thought the same. 


1.Improve information security

ISO 27001’s main objective is to improve organisations’ information security practices, so it’s no surprise that 72% of respondents cited this as the reason for adopting the Standard. 


Learn more about ISO 27001

IT Governance offers a range of resources to help you understand and implement ISO 27001. If you want to learn more about the benefits of the Standard, we recommend reading our free green paper: Information Security & ISO 27001: An introduction. 

This guide helps you understand how the Standard works and goes into more detail about why you should implement it. It also explains: 

  • The difference between adopting ISO 27001’s framework and certifying to it; 
  • The value of certification; 
  • ISO 27001’s compatibility with other management standards; and 
  • How the Standard helps you meet legal and regulatory requirements.

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