What is ISO 27001 and why should your organisation adopt it?

If you’re considering implementing ISO 27001, the international standard for information security, you’ve probably heard experts like us talk about the benefits. 

But what exactly does the Standard do, and how does it help your organisation? This blog will answer both those questions. 

 

What is ISO 27001? 

ISO 27001 is the international standard that describes best practice for 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.

 

Why implement ISO 27001? 

The most common reason people give for certifying to ISO 27001is that it gives your organisation an independent, expert verification that your information security practices are up to scratch. 

That’s more important than ever, given the rising threat of cyber crime and organisations’ desire for security assurances from third parties. 

But that’s just one reason to implement ISO 27001. Those that have worked with it will tell you that there are countless benefits to using the Standard. 

To demonstrate that point, we asked 128 professionals from around the world about their experience with ISO 27001 and what persuaded them to adopt it. Here are the reasons they gave:

 

1.It’s often 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.  

2. It helps you comply with the GDPR 

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. It ensures 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.  

4. It gives you 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.  

5. 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.  

 

Fast track your way to ISO 27001 success 

Ready to adopt ISO 27001? If you’re a small organisation without a team of information security experts to carry out the necessary research, you might struggle. 

ISO27001 Online FastTrack™ Consultancy serviceFortunately, our ISO27001 Online FastTrack™ Consultancy service can streamline the project for you. 

Designed for organisations with 19 employees or fewer, this consultancy service helps you certify to ISO 27001 quickly and economically. An experienced consultant who will develop an ISMS that works for you, wherever you are, through a variety of channels, including online consultation, telephone calls and file-sharing services. 

Your consultant will ensure that all requirements of the Standard are met in a way that embraces any pre-existing practices and documentation while providing the other important elements of the ISMS, thereby making sure that you can achieve certification with minimal disruption to your business. 

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