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ISO_9001_international_standardThe leading international standard ISO 9001 is being revised and will be published around the end of 2015. With over 1.1 million certificates worldwide, ISO 9001 is one of the most recognised standards, providing organisations with a management system that will streamline processes, maintain efficiency and increase productivity.


ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) are responsible for a wide range of international standards covering all aspects of technology and manufacturing. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, they have published more than 19,500 international standards covering almost every industry.


ISO standards are reviewed approximately every 5 years to ensure they meet the changing marketplace and maintain compatibility with other ISO standards.


Keeping up to date with the latest standards will maintain your organisation’s competitive edge in today’s global marketplace.


What does this mean for ISO 9001 registered organisations?
You will have a 3 year transition period to prepare and migrate your quality management system to the new edition so you need not make any changes to your existing system until the final draft is published.


ISO 9001 is currently at the final draft international stage and awaiting comments; it will then be put forward to the member countries for voting.


We anticipate that existing management systems of ISO 9001:2008 should conform to the 2015 version with just some minor adjustments.


You may want to start planning for its implementation in advance; therefore we have created a short PowerPoint presentation to give you an overview of the expected changes. Please call Chris McMillan on +44 (0)121 241 2299 for a copy.


What is expected to change?
From the drafts that are available, we expect a shift in focus with three main changes being identified as follows:

Risk management

  • Identification of risk and risk control
  • Focus on risk based thinking

Standardisation

  • Improved integration and implementation with other management systems and standards


No exclusions

 

  • There is no reference to permissible exclusions in the 2015 revision
  • An organisation may decide if a requirement is not applicable, providing it does not result in nonconformity


For a more detailed breakdown please call Chris McMillan on +44 (0)121 241 2299 for a copy of our PowerPoint presentation.

Cyber_crimeAccording to the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses, The Voice July/August 2014), a smaller number of businesses are experiencing information security breaches and cyber attacks than a year ago.


This sounds like good news but the downside is that the cost of dealing with incidents has increased significantly (research carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers).


In 2012, the average cost of the worst security breach they experienced was between £35,000 and £65,000 and in 2013 it was between £65,000 and £115,000. These amounts are significant enough to severely damage your business.


Think about all of the data that your organisation stores on digital devices; client and employee information, business critical data, accounting records.


Prevention is always better than cure and one way to mitigate the risks of cyber crime is to have a robust system of management in place. This will not only minimise the chances of a breach but will also reduce its impact on the business, should an attack get through your defences.


It’s not just the cost of rectification that can damage your company; recent high profile cases have shown that a company’s reputation is also at stake.


Information Security Management System (ISMS)
ISO 27001 accreditation provides an auditable management process to international standards and provides a structure to help you improve the security of your information.


The management process you implement will provide a “best practice” system that will help you to identify the risks and maintain the necessary controls to minimise or eliminate the possibility of a security breach.


ISO 27001 certification will demonstrate that your company’s security management system has been independently assessed and verified.


Benefits of ISO 27001 certification include:

 

  • An internationally endorsed best practice framework to manage cyber threats and attacks
  • Supplier and customer confidence in your security systems
  • Reduces costs if a breach does occur
  • Protects your company’s reputation
  • A plan to limit data loss and return business systems to normal


ISO 27001 auditors
You should always use a trusted certification body, which is UKAS accredited.


This is a specialist area and you will need an experienced auditor to work with your team to provide a system that will work for your particular information protection requirements.


Ideally they will have experience of your particular industry sector and can use their knowledge of best practice to provide the best possible system.