Benefits of ISO 27001
Implementing an information security management system will provide your organisation with a system that will help to eliminate or minimise the risk of a security breach that could have legal or business continuity implications.
An effective ISO 27001 information security management system (ISMS) provides a management framework of polices and procedures that will keep your information secure, whatever the format.
Following a series of high profile cases, it has proven to be very damaging to an organisation if information gets into the wrong hands or into the public domain. By establishing and maintaining a documented system of controls and management, risks can be identified and reduced.
Achieving ISO 27001 certification shows that a business has:
- Protected information from getting into unauthorised hands
- Ensured information is accurate and can only be modified by authorised users
- Assessed the risks and mitigated the impact of of a breach
- Been independently assessed to an international standard based on industry best practices
ISO 27001 certification demonstrates that you have identified the risks, assessed the implications and put in place systemised controls to limit any damage to the organisation.
- Increased reliability and security of systems and information
- Improved customer and business partner confidence
- Increased business resilience
- Alignment with customer requirements
- Improved management processes and integration with corporate risk strategies
Achieving ISO 27001 is not a guarantee that information breaches will never occur, however by having a robust system in place, risks will be reduced and disruption and costs kept to a minimum.
Some of the stages you will need to go through to protect your business and achieve ISO 27001 include:
- Assessing the potential risks to your business and identifying areas that are vulnerable.
- Implementing a management system that covers the entire organisation will help to control how and where information is stored and used.
- Maintaining a process to manage current and future information security policy.
- Making employees and third party contractors aware of the risks and incident reporting.
- Monitoring system activity and logging user activities.
- Keeping IT systems up to date with the latest protection.
- System access control.
Find out more about the process of certification