Originally published on 28 March 2019
Updated on 14 November 2021
With the rise of daily information security breaches, from data theft to software attacks, it’s more important than ever to protect your business and minimise your cyber security risk with an information security management system. That’s where ISO 27001 comes in. It’s a formally recognised certification that demonstrates robust measures to protect an organisation and its information assets.
High standards in cyber security are something we’ve always taken very seriously here at Optimising IT, but it’s great to be formally recognised for it with our ISO27001 certification. This validates the strict security measures we have in place.
“The ISO/IEC 27000 family of standards helps organisations keep information assets secure. Using this family of standards will help your organisation manage the security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted to you by third parties.”
– International Organization for Standardisation (ISO)
Achieving ISO 27001
The process is detailed and requires site visits from an independent ISO auditor who works for a UKAS accredited certification body. Any organisation that wants to attain the standard must show a ‘top management’ commitment to information security, a culture aligned with thinking about cyber security and ensuring it is embedded into daily activities. Also, up-to-date information security policies, risk management procedures and technical controls are essential to attain the standard.
The Benefits of ISO 27001
It may sound like quite a lot of groundwork to achieve the ISO 27001 certification but having it does demonstrate:
- A commitment to meeting increasingly strict demands for high standards of data security
- A strong commitment to protecting your organisation
- Your organisation meets the operational and technical requirements for GDPR
If you want to learn more about information security, you may also be interested in reading our Supply Chain Vulnerabilities blog article. Or explore our Cyber Awareness Training Workshops to help reduce your cyber risks. Our ISO accredited consultants can also help your organisation achieve the ISO 27001 certification. We firmly believe that “Prevention is better than cure”.
Author: Todd Gifford, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Head of Consultancy at Optimising IT.