Information security management (ISO 27001) is one of the fastest growing certifications. Cyber security is a concern for all organizations regardless of their size and you need to pay attention to it. It may be that you have been asked to gain ISO 27001 certification to tender or retain business with a customer. If you are a supplier to an organization, they need to feel confident that their customer data is safe and intact. 

ISO 27001 is an international best practise standard which offers more than data protection

However, it is sometime assumed that the certification standard is only for IT and cyber security. It offers so much more. Certifying to this standard is about having a robust information management framework in place that encompasses all of the organizations information streams. This covers physical security, manual data, and tangible security property. ISO 27001 will help with reviewing aspects such as how visitors are processed at the point of entry to the building (often the reception). The management system will put a process in place as to how sub-contractors are handled to what information can be seen on wall charts of desk tops etc. around the building/s.

The certification process means that you will have you security management systems independently assessed and audited by an accredited certification body to ensure that the management system meets the requirements of the standard. This process achieves an independent, expert assessment of whether you have implemented adequate measures to protect your data and your customer’s data.

It demonstrates that all information and its security is a priority throughout the organization, whilst reassuring stakeholders that a best practice system is in place and makes sure you continually improve your information security. This provides reassurance to your customers, employers and visitors that their information is secure. It also provides reassurance in your organization’s ability to recover your operations and continue business as usual in the event of a problem, which reduces risk.

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