What is an ISMS and why does your organisation need one?

Those getting started in the information security industry might be wondering why experts are telling them to implement an ISMS. We’re here to explain. 

An ISMS (information security management system) is essential for any organisation that’s serious about security. It’s a centrally managed framework that enables you to manage, monitor, review and improve your information security practices in one place.

It contains policies, procedures and controls that are designed to meet the three objectives of information security: 

  • Confidentiality: making sure data can only be accessed by authorised people. 
  • Integrity: keeping data accurate and complete. 
  • Availability: making sure data can be accessed when it’s required. 

Creating a best-practice ISMS with ISO 27001 

ISO 27001 is the international standard for creating and maintaining an ISMS. Its clear framework makes the implementation process relatively straightforward; all you need to do is follow the Standard’s advice. 

That doesn’t necessarily mean it will be easy. You’ll need to assign a small team to tackle the implementation project and give them anywhere between a few months and a couple of years to complete it, but it will certainly be worth the effort. 

ISO 27001 is becoming increasingly important for organisations to thrive. Cyber crime and data breaches are a real threat for all organisations, but an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS can help mitigate the risks. 

Even if you’re happy with your level of security, suppliers and clients might not be as confident. Demonstrating to them that you have met the Standard’s requirements can ease their concerns and give you a competitive advantage. 

ISO 27001 can also help you comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the NIS Directive (Directive on security of network and information systems), as many of their requirements overlap. 

But whereas neither the GDPR nor the NIS Directive provide instructions on how to meet their requirements, ISO 27001 offers clear guidance. This means you can use the Standard’s advice to meet your legal requirements. 

The ISO 27001 Toolkit

ISO 27001 ISO27001 ISMS Documentation ToolkitIT Governance’s ISO 27001 ISMS Documentation Toolkit includes templates of every document you need to comply with the Standard.

Designed and developed by expert ISO 27001 practitioners, and enhanced by more than ten years of customer feedback and continual improvement, our ISO 27001 toolkit provides the guidance and tools you need for a hassle-free compliance process.


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