What makes ISO 27001 the go-to standard for information security?

ISO 27001 is one of the fastest-growing management standards in the world. with the number of awarded certifications increasing by 20% in consecutive years. In 2016 (the last available figures), 33,290 certifications were issued worldwide, and 27,536 certifications were awarded the year before. 

ISO 27001 is clearly very popular, but what makes it the standard for information security? 


Information security best practices

The requirements of ISO 27001 describe best practices for an ISMS (information security management system), which is a system of processes, documents, technology and people that helps organisations manage, monitor, audit and improve their information security. It also enables staff to manage the organisation’s entire security programme in one place, consistently and cost-effectively. 

At the heart of an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS are business-driven risk assessments, enabling organisations to identify and treat security threats according to their top priorities. 


Benefits of ISO 27001

Adopting ISO 27001 has benefits for everyone, from senior management to everyday employees. It will help your organisation: 

  • Avoid the regulatory penalties associated with data breaches; 
  • Meet increasing client demands for greater cyber security; 


Learn how to implement an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS

Implementing an ISMS based on ISO 27001 is a complex undertaking that will involve the whole organisation. It can take anything from three months to a year, depending on numerous factors specific to your organisation. 

You can learn how to implement the Standard’s requirements by enrolling on our ISO27001 Certified ISMS Foundation Online training course. 

Developed by ISO 27001 experts Alan Calder and Steve Watkins, and drawing on their industry-leading implementation guide, IT Governance: An International Guide to Data Security and ISO27001/ISO27002, this one-day interactive Live Online course explains the benefits of the ISO 27001 and provides a complete introduction to the key elements required to achieve its best practice and compliance. 

Using a combination of formal training, practical exercises and relevant case studies, an experienced ISO 27001 trainer and consultant will: 

  • Identify the risks associated with cyber crime for an individual and an organisation; 
  • Help you understand the benefits of ISO 27001 best practice and certification; and 
  • Explain the elements of implementation, including risk assessment and Annex A controls. 

This course also supports professional development: participants who pass the included exam are awarded the ISO 17024-certificated ISO27001 Certified ISMS Foundation (CIS F) qualification by IBITGQ. 


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