ISO 27001 Management System.

What is ISO 27001?

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.

What is an Information Security Management System?

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.

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What are the benefits of ISO 27001

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.

  • Enhanced data security
  • Maintain compliance
  • Increase customer trust
  • Competitive advantage
  • Avoid fines and penalties

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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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Interested in other ISO standards?

  • ISO 9001 – Quality management standard that demonstrates an organisational commitment to product and service quality.
  • ISO 14001 – Environmental management standard designed to reduce waste and lower an organisation’s environmental impact.
  • ISO 16949 – A sector-specific standard, tailored for the automotive industry, that incorporates ISO 9001 requirements and additional automotive-specific requirements.
  • ISO 17021 – ISO 17021 management systems define the principles and guidelines for certification bodies and auditors when conducting audits and certification.
  • ISO 17025 – Testing management standard that demonstrates testing integrity and independence.
  • ISO 17065 – A  framework for organisations involved in product, process and service certification.
  • ISO 22000 – Focus on the management of food safety to help ensure the production and distribution of safe food products for consumers.
  • ISO 22301 – Business continuity management standard that reduces the impact of disruption on organisational activities.
  • ISO 45001 – Build upon your approach to workplace safety through health management systems. 
  • ISO 50001 – Improve energy efficiency across operations, premises, transport and industrial processes.
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Who can benefit from ISO 27001?

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.

Our ISO 27001 consultants can help you maximise the benefits of a quality management system, and we guarantee ISO 27001 certification through our consultancy services.

What is a data breach and what are the consequences?

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.

Why use an ISO 27001 consultant?

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.

What is ISO 27001 UKAS accreditation?

We want to ensure that our customers achieve the key benefits of investing in becoming ISO certified, particularly with respect to:

  • Winning tenders with government bodies and blue-chip organisations
  • Reducing their risk status with regulatory bodies
  • Lowering insurance premiums and improving productivity

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.

For more details on the potential consequences of not selecting the UKAS-accredited route to certification, click on the links to the articles below.

ISO 27001 checklist

Download and use this checklist to make sure you have all the documentation you need for achieving ISO 27001 certification.

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