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ISO 27001

20 Dec 2021

ISO 27001

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What is ISO 27001?

ISO 27001 specifies the requirements to maintain an information security management system (ISMS). An Information Security Management System is a system (i.e., a combination of policies, processes, and controls) designed to ensure effective protection of an organization’s information assets against both data security risks and business risks.

It is a family of standards published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which is a non-governmental organization that is responsible for developing voluntary standards. These standards are aimed at increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations so they can deliver the best quality of services to their customers.

ISO 27001:2013 Version

ISO 27001:2013 is the most up-to-date version of this family of standards. It was published in October 2013 by ISO. ISO 27001 is continuously revised to incorporate new methodologies for information security management.

Why is ISO 27001 Important?

In today’s world, information security is becoming more and more important. The Internet is not only connecting people to one another but also storing sensitive information on cloud servers. Storing information in the cloud has certain advantages, but it brings risks as well. These risks are related to loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of data due to bad policy or malicious attacks.

Thus, ISO 27001 helps organizations identify all their processes and systems in order to achieve effective information security management. It ensures that information held by organizations is properly managed and controlled. It also helps organizations compare their security systems with external benchmarks, which are provided by the standards.

Organizations that Can Implement ISO 27001

ISO 27001 can be implemented by any organization, whether it is a private or public body. ISO 27001 is particularly useful for organizations that store private data. Some examples of organizations that may benefit from implementing ISO 27001 standards are the following:

  • Education
  • Health care
  • Shipping and transportation
  • Cloud service providers
  • Companies that collaborate with third parties such as outsourcing firms or contractors
  • Data centers
  • Banks, investment companies, and insurance companies  

Benefits of ISO 27001

Certification to ISO 27001 provides an organization with the following benefits:

  • Ensures that sensitive information within an organization is safe and secure.
  • Helps an organization to identify its information systems and processes that need improvement.
  • Gives an organization a common language of security management with the ability to conduct business confidently across a diverse environment.
  • Helps an organization to communicate more effectively regarding security with stakeholders including customers, suppliers, and insurers.
  • Helps organizations motivate their employees to ensure that everyone is working for a common cause.
  • Reassures customers about an organization’s ability to protect their data and the services being provided by it.

What is ISO 27001 Certification?

ISO 27001 certification is the process of gaining approval from an independent certification body for implementing security standards recommended by ISO 27001. Achieving ISO 27001 certification means that an organization has successfully implemented the practices that are laid out in ISO 27001. These practices can include security measures, risk assessment, and document control.

What is Needed to Achieve ISO 27001 Certification?

There are three main criteria for achieving certification:

1- Security Management Policy: The organization must have a formal policy approved by the board and management. This policy must be clearly communicated to all employees and stakeholders.  

2- Security Management Framework: The organization’s framework for implementing the security policy should be documented and communicated to all employees, suppliers, and customers. 

3- Information Security Management Processes: All processes that are linked with the implementation of security measures must be documented and implemented.

How to Become ISO 27001 Certified?

To get ISO 27001 certification, the first step is completing a gap analysis of your organization. This gap analysis identifies possible risks that may affect your organization. In the gap analysis process, you need to identify what needs to be improved in your current information security management system.

The next step is preparing an ISO 27001 implementation plan and a project plan for what you have decided from the gap analysis. You can use these plans as guidelines for developing a new or improving an existing information security management system.

The last step is to be prepared for an audit from a third-party ISO 27001 auditor. When you are notified of the date and time of the audit, make sure that your organization will be ready to present its new or improved information security management system. The auditor will then review your systems and processes to ensure that they comply with ISO 27001 requirements.

If your systems and processes pass the audit, you will be able to acquire an ISO 27001 certificate from a third-party certification body. The implementation of an information security management system based on ISO 27001 helps organizations maintain and improve the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their sensitive data.

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