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Who needs ISO 27001 certification?

If you are wondering whether achieving ISO 27001 certification will serve your business goals and customer needs, this post is for you.

ISO 27001 – What is it?

The ISO 27001 standard focuses on an organisation’s Information Security Management System (ISMS), where it is outlined how they’ve organised their processes, people and technology in order to ensure availability, confidentiality and integrity of information.

 

Originally published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the ISO 27001 standard contains 114 controls divided into 14 categories.

 

Whilst there is no need to implement the full list of ISO ‍27001 controls, the standard requires organisations to identify information security risks to their system and the corresponding controls that will address them, representing an exhaustive list of possibilities for an organisation to consider based on its specific needs.

 

Achieving and maintaining an ISO 27001 certification can help your organisation prove its cyber security practices to potential clients globally, given that ISO 27001 is considered the gold standard for ensuring the security of information and supporting assets.

 

Simply put, the core goal of ISO 27001 is to demonstrate to your customers that cyber security is your organisation’s top priority.

Which is best for my business?

In order to decide whether you need an ISO 27001 certification or more, you need to consider the locations in which your company operates.

 

Give than ISO 27001 is an internationally accepted standard, it will suit your organisation regardless of whether it focuses its work primarily in the UK, or globally.

 

For this reason, your clients are the best source of information on whether you should pursue ISO 27001 certification.

 

Simply, if they require you to be ISO certified and give proof that your organisation’s security against an globally recognised standard, then this determines how you should proceed.

ISO 27001 certification process overview

If you decide to more forward with ISO 27001, then this involves:

 

  1. ‍Scoping and implementing an Information Security Management System (ISMS)
  2. Performing an internal audit to determine whether the ISMS is implemented and adhered to properly
  3. Undergo an external audit conducted by an auditor

 

The internal audit is a requirement which can be conducted by someone within your organisation, as long as they are objective and impartial, and not responsible for monitoring, implementing or operating any of the controls being audited.

 

Internal audits are extremely valuable in making sure your organisation’s ISMS is operating in alignment with the ISO 27001.

 

To find out more about conducting an internal audit, continue reading here.

 

The external audit sees a third-party auditor reviewing your compliance documentation to ensure it meets the ISO standard as well as the organisation’s, and ensuring there is evidence to support this documentation.

 

A full account on how to prepare for an external audit can be found here.

 

How Inverifi can help

Inverifi can help simplify your compliance processes, whilst getting you audit-ready by facilitating the creation of a transparent audit trail.

If you’d like to chat about your organisation’s compliance needs or book a demo – we’re here to help.

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