ISO 27001 is the internationally recognised Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) standard. Developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation, it helps organisations to protect data better, reduce the risk of security breaches and prevent cyber crime and attacks.
The ISO 27001 standard requires organisations to plan, implement and audit an Information Security Management System. It helps organisations build robust and resilient cyber security processes, operations and leadership, enhancing business reputation and deepening customer trust.
The ISO 27001 standard is suited to different sectors and types of organisations – including SMEs, charities, corporates and the public sector – and helps prevent data loss and lowers the risk of successful cyber attacks against your organisation.
An Information Security Management System provides a framework for managing and controlling data assets, including customer data, financial information and corporate intellectual property. It can help prevent IP theft and reduce risks in a changing cyber landscape from threats from hackers and ransomware.
Implementing ISO 27001, an internationally recognised standard for information security management systems (ISMS), offers numerous benefits to organisations. Enhanced security is achieved through the adoption of a risk-based approach, which helps identify, manage, and mitigate information security risks effectively. Compliance with legal, regulatory, and contractual requirements related to information security is demonstrated by aligning with ISO 27001.
This alignment also provides a competitive advantage, enhancing an organisation’s reputation and attracting customers. Increased trust among stakeholders is fostered as ISO 27001 certification assures an organisation’s commitment to protecting their data. Improved processes result from implementing the standard, leading to streamlined operations, optimised resource allocation, and reduced likelihood of security incidents. Finally, cost savings can be realised as the risk of data breaches and penalties is reduced.
An ISMS outlines your organisation’s approach to information security. It helps you protect and manage your organisation’s information through effective risk management, minimising the risks of security breaches and increasing client trust.
ISO 27001 certification demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to preventing the theft, loss, damage or misuse of any sensitive information it holds or has access to. Any size or type of organisation that wants to implement a robust system for protecting its data and providing confidence to its customers that any information they provide is kept secure can benefit from ISO 27001 certification.
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For certain types of organisations, achieving ISO 27001 certification can lower their insurance premiums, reduce the risk of a disruption to their services and open up opportunities to do business with customers who hold or need to exchange sensitive information.
An ISMS proves you maintain a thorough security management program and can also simplify third-party due diligence making the security verification process for your organisation faster and more efficient.
By being ISO 27001 certified, your organisation will become more organised in terms of security management. There will be a clear delegation of responsibilities, as everyone knows who is responsible for managing specific information assets. This prevents confusion and streamlines the process.
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A data breach is where data you collect, process, or store becomes available outside your secure processes. This includes data stolen by hackers or data accidentally lost, such as an employee leaving a company laptop on a train.
Data breaches have numerous consequences, many of which can cause major problems not only in the short-term such as financial implications but in the long-term such as reputational damage. If your company suffers from a data breach, it can face prosecution, expensive fines, lost reputation, and disruptions to normal business practices. These consequences may even lead the business to cease operations entirely.
Understanding ISO 27001 requirements can be a minefield, particularly for organisations that may not have a dedicated IT department or have little or no experience with managing an information security system. By selecting an ISO 27001 consultant, you can decrease the risk of non-conformities, which are time-consuming and costly for organisations to handle in-house. An Ascentor ISO 27001 consultant can provide you with the expert guidance needed to pass your audit.
Ascentor is a leading choice for consultancy and implementation of the ISO 27001 standard, with a certification assurance as part of the package, we can guarantee a 100% success rate.
We match our consultants to each type of business we work with and assign an experienced ISO 27001 consultant to your organisation.
We want to ensure that our customers achieve the key benefits of investing in becoming ISO certified, particularly with respect to:
For this reason, we strongly recommend that organisations achieve certification with a UKAS-accredited body. Whilst we remain impartial on the certification body our customers use, we always strongly advise them against using a non-accredited body. Non-accredited certification or “self-certification” is highly likely to be rejected by potential customers.
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