What is ISO 27001?
ISO 27001 refers to the internationally recognized standards for an Information Security Management System (ISMS). Its main purpose is to improve an organizations information security management system alongside operating, reviewing and maintaining it.
This standard was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), in partnership with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
The ISO 27001 was introduced to help organizations of all sizes, be it small or big, to protect their data and information in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
The implementation of ISO 27001 is an ideal approach to customer as well as legal requirements and potential security threats such as cyber-crime, data breach, security attacks, etc. among many others.
What is the Main Purpose of ISO 27001 Certification?
The main purpose of ISO 27001 Certification is for the organization to enjoy a systematic and risk-based approach. It helps the organization to efficiently manage their data and information. Risk assessment and management play an integral part in the ISO 27001 framework.
ISO 27001 does not constitute specific tools, strategies or techniques. Rather, the standard functions as a compliance check-list.
What it Means to be ISO 27001 Certified?
As ISO 27001 serves as a compliance standard, being certified means that your organization’s Information Security Management System (ISMS) is recognised to be following all the best practices in the field of data and information threats.
ISO 27001 is the best standard for those, both small and big, organizations aiming to improve and implement best security methods or policies.
What will Happen if You Do Not Comply with ISO 27001?
Even if your organization has received the ISO 27001 certification, non-compliance with the standard will definitely lead to failure at a future audit and lead to termination of the compliance designation.
By losing the certification, your company will no longer enjoy the image of being secure and trustworthy in the eyes of clients, governments and regulatory bodies.
How to Get ISO 27001 Certified?
In order to get ISO 27001 Certified, your organization must do the following steps:
a) Hire a certification body to conduct an analysis of the ISMS that is put in place.
b) An in-depth audit must be performed by the certification body in order to assess if the aspects of the ISMS correspond with the standards of ISO 27001.
c) Lastly, the certification body conducts follow-up audits in order to ensure that your organization is in compliance with the standards of ISO 27001.
What are the Benefits of Getting ISO 27001 Certification?
The benefits of your organization being ISO 27001 certified are as follows:
1) Open doors to more business opportunities.
2) Your business enjoys the identification of potential information security vulnerabilities.
3) The customers/clients are secure in the thought that their information is in safe hands.
4) Compliance with laws and legal requirements.
5) Enjoys international recognition.
6) Implementation of the ideal policies to administer risk management.
What is the Validity of the ISO 27001 Certification?
The ISO 27001 Certification generally spans over a period of three years. During this time, the certification body will perform regular audits to ensure that the ISMS of the organization are in compliance with the standards of the ISO 27001. In cases there are the need of some improvements, they are implemented.