This relatively new certification (launched 2019, as an extension to ISO 27001) could be your organization’s secret weapon in keeping ahead of the competition and maintaining compliance when it comes to data security.

With high profile data breaches hitting the press and the threat of large fines for those who don’t comply with legislation such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), awareness of the risks of storing personal data has never been higher. ISO 27701 certification can help you successfully comply with personally identifiable information (PII) based legislation and demonstrate that you are operating systems that manage your responsibilities effectively.

What is ISO 27701?

ISO 27701 is a type of Privacy Information Management System (PIMS) developed to provide a standard for data privacy controls, specifically protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

The standard offers guidance for organizations looking to put in place systems to support legal compliance with GDPR and other data privacy requirements worldwide.

Coupled with ISO 27001, ISO 27701 allows an organization to implement and demonstrate effective PII management.

What is the difference between ISO 27701 and ISO 27001?

In simple terms, ISO 27701 is an extension of ISO 27001, focusing on privacy of personal data.

ISO 27701 is a type of Privacy Information Management System (PIMS), so its purpose is mainly related to data privacy and security, while ISO 27001 is an information security management system (ISMS), which outlines a framework of policies and procedures to mitigate the risk of a security breach.

ISO 27701 is not a standalone set of requirements but instead uses the existing framework and clauses from ISO 27001, extending their scope and adding additional controls to manage PII. This process allows for a more efficient set of procedures, by helping organizations to implement systems for information security rather than separating the disciplines.

Designed to be used by all data controllers and data processors, ISO 27701 certification applies to all types and sizes of organizations, including public and private companies, government entities and not-for-profit organizations. It should be of particular interest to those that process large quantities of possibly sensitive PII and/or manage multiple forms of consent, such as childcare, medical and financial organizations, to name a few.

Why do you need ISO 27701 certification?

Legislation for PII is still relatively new, so an effective understanding of the organization’s responsibilities and how best to manage them is not always achieved. Many reading this will be aware of incorrect use of consent, have experienced improper use or, on the other extreme, overly stringent controls which have slowed working processes.

Certification to ISO 27701 demonstrates that an organization correctly handles PII wherever their customers are in the world. It provides confidence and assurance to stakeholders, customers and staff, which helps with business development, customer retention and employee engagement.

In summary, ISO 27701 certification should make it easier to implement the proper controls and processes to help keep your organization on the correct side of the applicable legislation, and to continue efficient operation. Alongside ISO 27001, organizations can be robust against risks to information security while preparing them for the continually changing world we live in.

Personal data is precious, making the impact of breaches potentially devastating. So much of the world has become digitized, heightening the risk of data getting into the wrong hands - this can occur through any means, some of the most common being malicious hacking or even simple human error. Incorporating ISO 27701 along with ISO 27001 proves that an organization recognizes this and takes data security management seriously.

Why Choose BM TRADA for your ISO 27701 Information Management Systems Certification

BM TRADA is a brand name readily accepted around the world. We are proud to be part of Element, bringing the authority of a market leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification services. We are UKAS Accredited, demonstrating our impartiality and performance capability, and we have a team of highly qualified auditors with a global reach and wide breadth of experience. Alongside ISO 27001 certification, we also offer related training courses.

  • One auditor from start to finish: Experience the benefits of working with just one expert throughout the certification process, who really understands your business and industry
  • No call centres: BM TRADA provides a dedicated single point of contact so you can build a productive relationship throughout your journey with us
  • No physical audits: Our certification process is currently fully remote, saving you time and resource
  • No hidden costs: When you request a quote, you will receive transparent pricing…and we don’t recharge any expenses within the UK
  • Free of charge transfers: Unhappy with your current provider? Transfer your certification to BM TRADA at no cost (subject to your certification being up-to-date)
  • The personal touch: BM TRADA experts will collate personalised, up-to-date information for your business - we don’t rely on generic materials which may not be accurate for you
  • On-going support: Our service doesn’t stop when you complete certification. If you need follow-up visits, presentations, or questions answered, the team is happy to support you for your entire certification journey. This is why the overwhelming majority of our customers stay with us for life
  • Training experts: Register with us and benefit from our wealth of accompanying training with a diverse range of courses which complement the certification programmes.

Although beneficial, the addition of ISO 27701 is not a requirement. But please note that, by gaining ISO 27701 certification, your business will be able to utilize the controls required for proper management of PII and to manage personal data more effectively. IS0 27701 certification is only available as an add-on to ISO 27001 certification and cannot be obtained as a standalone certificate.

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