Information is critical to the operation and perhaps even the survival of your organization. Being certified to ISO/IEC 27001 will help you to manage and protect your valuable information assets.
ISO/IEC 27001 is the only auditable international standard which defines the requirements for an Information Security Management System (ISMS). The standard is designed to ensure the selection of adequate and proportionate security controls. This helps you to protect your information assets and give confidence to any interested parties, especially your customers. The standard adopts a process approach for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining, and improving your ISMS.
Who is it relevant to?
ISO/IEC 27001 is suitable for any organization, large or small, in any sector or part of the world. The standard is particularly suitable where the protection of information is critical, such as in the finance, health, public and IT sectors.
ISO/IEC 27001 is also highly effective for organizations which manage information on behalf of others, such as IT outsourcing companies: it can be used to assure customers that their information is being protected.
Certifying your ISMS against ISO/IEC 27001 can bring the following benefits to your organization:
• Demonstrates the independent assurance of your internal controls and meets corporate governance and business continuity requirements.
• Independently demonstrates that applicable laws and regulations are observed.
• Provides a competitive edge by meeting contractual requirements and demonstrating to your customers that the security of their information is paramount.
• Independently verifies that your organizational risks are properly identified, assessed and managed while formalizing information security processes, procedures and documentation.
• Proves the commitment of management towards information security.
• The regular assessment process helps you to continually monitor and improve your performance.
Note: these benefits are not realized by organizations who simply comply with ISO/IEC 27001 or the recommendations in the Code of Practice standard, ISO/IEC 17799.