What is ISO 27001?
In today’s society everything is intrinsically connected whether you like it or not, and with that comes some inherent threats to your organisation’s information assets. Information assets are considered valuable and important to many organisations. The importance and value of such assets should be reflected in the way that these are secured. Not all organisations know how or where to start when it comes to protecting information assets and this is where the ISO/ICE 27001:2013 standard can help.
The ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is an internationally recognised standard governed by the International Organization for Standardization. The standard was set up in order to help organisations keep information assets secure. The standard was initially conceived 1995 as BS 7799 and later evolved into ISO 27001:2005. The latest version of the standard was released in September 2013.
The standard offers a set of controls that provide best practices in securing information assets by enabling organisations to set up an Information Security Management System (ISMS).
As most organisations utilise Information Technology they are inherently open to threats from internal and external parties. Threats can come in the form of malicious malware attacks, hacking activities, theft of information and misuse of data by employees. Implementation of an ISMS can help to mitigate many of these threats by putting in place the necessary controls.
There are a number of benefits to implementing and gaining ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification:
- Clearly demonstrates an organisations commitment in managing information security;
- Minimises risks to the company by ensuring the necessary controls are in place to reduce the risk of security threats and prevent potential weaknesses being exploited;
- Improves benchmarking, enabling companies to more readily implement best practices and reach set goals and objectives;
- Independently demonstrates that applicable laws and various regulations regarding data protection, privacy and IT governance are observed;
- In a market, which is proving to be more and more competitive, ISO/IEC 27001:2013 provides a competitive edge by meeting contractual requirements and demonstrating to your clients that the security of their information is paramount.
It is not always necessary to certificate against ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and organisations can implement an ISMS that is compliant to the standard. However, certification to the standard provides reassurance to your interested parties and clients that your ISMS has been independently audited by an external body. In addition, many tenders and contracts now require ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification and therefore, certification enables these criteria to be met.
For more information on the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 standard please contact us or visit the ISO 27001 Standard page on our website.