ISO is the International Organization for Standardization (based in Geneva, the acronym is actually an abbreviation that applies to the Greek word ‘isos’ meaning equal). They have published more than 21,000 International Standards regarding technology and manufacturing. With increased international manufacturing and trade, the ISO’s publications are crucial to proper coordination.
When doing business in today’s world, compliance with ISO regulations is not optional. Your vendors, clients, and customers – as well as governments around the globe – demand it.
To that end, we’ve developed this overview of ISO 27001 – to give you the information you need to get started on compliance of this important international information security standard.
To understand ISO 27001, it’s important first to know what an ISMS is. ISMS stands for Information Security Management System, which is the name given to the unique set of rules, processes, controls, and policies your company uses to keep all your data secure.
Which brings us to ISO 27001 (which you may also see written as ISO/IEC 27001:2013). This covers the requirements for an ISMS for any company, of any size, anywhere in the world. It tells your vendors, customers, and clients that your data is properly safeguarded.
ISO 27001 lays out the main process that your company should use for your ISMS. The process starts with assessment and recommendations; moves through documentation, presentation, certification; and finally, details maintenance, review, and updates as well.
First, there’s the gap analysis and risk assessment. Then there’s determining the scope of security you’ll need. Next, you’ll need to develop an information security policy, and implement the controls you need to maintain that policy.
Your next step is documentation, which includes a Statement of Applicability, a Risk Treatment Plan, and reference documents. After reviews, assessments and refinements are complete, you’re ready for certification.
ISO 27001 compliance can be costly and time-consuming – and if the lengthy documentation is incorrect or missing even the smallest detail, it’s double. To say nothing of the costs, penalties, and lost profits from data breaches if compliance is not properly maintained!
There’s also the learning curve for you and your team during implementation of the required controls, reviews and audits. Meanwhile, your clients and customers are depending on you to keep their data safe and secure.
ISO 27001 compliance tells your vendors, customers and, clients that your data is properly safeguarded. So when your reputation and your bottom line are at stake, it’s best to leave the data security to the experts. We can help your business become ISO 27001-compliant on time, within budget, and with the peace of mind you need.