ISO/IEC 27001 is an international standard for organizations, defining the requirements for creating and implementing an information security management system. After an organization is fulfilling the requirements of the standard, it can be officially certified by an external auditor proving the company status in the field of security management.
ISO/IEC 2001 is a standardized way to manage risks related to the three information security principals: Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability. To simplify it: a company needs to assess the risks, then implement safeguards (controls) against them, and ensure the implemented controls are working effectively.
Controls (safeguards) can be implemented in many forms, like policies, procedures, technical solutions in many cases organizations already have these implemented (such as firewalls, antivirus on endpoints, user access request, and so on) but maybe not used in an organized way or without formal documentation and management framework. Most of the ISO 27001 projects are all about creating policies, procedures to document and formalize the already implemented controls.
Information Security is not just IT security, the management and the department of the companies also need to be involved as information security risks are presented everywhere so it is useful and needed for ensuring the information is protected.
Gain instant recognition as an organization providing secure services and protecting its customer’s data according to the most recognized security standard. This is giving an advantage against competitors who are not certified.
Comply with regulatory requirements, including different privacy regulations (GDPR, CCPA, NY Shield, or any local privacy law), a company complying with ISO 27001 practically complying with privacy regulations. In many industries including financial services and telecommunication ISO 27001 is a recommended information security management framework.
Streamline operation. Many companies grow quickly and facing challenges to clarify internal processes and responsibilities related to information security. During the ISMS implementation phase companies required to clearly define and document their internal processes, in many cases, this helps to get things working more efficiently.
Cost reduction, first companies with ISO 27001 certifications need to spend less time on security questioners and RFP’s as future clients are giving you exempt of the requirement to fill long security questioners if the company is certified. Second, by implementing a robust security controls system, you are avoiding breaches and hacking incidents, the reputational and monetary losses (fines, loss of business, compensations to clients) associated with such incidents.
Our experts certified as Lead ISO 27001 implementers and as Lead ISO 27001 auditors have wealth of knowledge in the field of ISO 27001 implementation and certification process. The first step would be to identify the scope for the certification after it is done, usually, we carry out a gap assessment to identify already existing controls within the organization. That would help us to understand what is already in place and what is still missing.
Using the information from the gap analysis, we would create a remediation plan, for the controls still needed to be implemented. The remediation plan would contain a recommended approach, solution, a cost/benefit analysis, and our expert can help with the implementation as well.
After the implementation phase has finished, we will conduct an “ISO 27001 certification readiness” audit, that is simulating the real certification audit, to identify any missing pieces. During the certification audit, our experts will provide continuous support to the company to ensure the successful certification.