In our modern age, information is at a premium.
ISO 27001 is a standard that sets out the requirements for an Information Security Management System “ISMS”. It’s defined as “An ISMS is a systematic approach to managing sensitive company information so that it remains secure. It includes people, processes and IT systems by applying a risk management process”.
This becoming more and more of a requirement for any organisations who capture, store, and use data/information to ensure its safety and security.
Security can make or break a business. When information is kept safe, a business can operate with confidence, but a lack of security can be bad for business and bad for customers. Well managed, data protection and information security can help you to grow your business, with customers feeling safe in the knowledge that their confidential information will remain that way – confidential.
What is ISO/IEC 27001?
It’s a standard of best practice framework last updated in 2013 which is recognised internationally as the minimum requirement for a information security management system. The guidelines allow businesses to identify any risk which may exist to the company and its customers’ private information – and lay out strategies for implementing controls that can help to eliminate the risk of that information ceasing to be confidential.
What benefits are there for your company if it adopts ISO/IEC 27001 information security management?
This standard to which your business should aspire is the gold standard when it comes to identifying risks to the security of data and taking steps to mitigate or eliminate that risk, and it allows the flexibility for you to adapt the controls implemented as needed to the bits of your business where they are necessary. For some areas of your business, enhanced information security management may not be needed, but, in most modern businesses, it will be in some way.
Meeting the standard will also help you to gain and maintain the trust of stakeholders and customers, who will be able to take the certification as proof of your commitment to keeping their personal data safe and secure.
In other business dealings, being able to meet ISO/IEC 27001 may give you an advantage when pitching for a tender, demonstrating compliance and potentially gaining the job, or even a status as a preferred supplier.
Are you ready for information security management?
Whether your business is small or large and whether you’re new to the guidelines or looking to improve your expertise in this area, we’re sure to be able to help. We offer a wide range of resources including training courses and can customise a package to meet the exact needs of your business, whatever they may be.
Take the complication out of meeting the ISO/IEC 27001 standard and get in touch today to see how we can help you to get started on your information security management journey.