ISO 27001 is the only auditable international standard that defines the requirements of an ISMS (information security management system).
An ISMS is a systematic approach consisting of processes, technology and people that helps you protect and manage all your organisation’s information through effective risk management.
At the heart of an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS are business-driven risk assessments, which means you will be able to identify and treat security threats according to your organisation’s risk appetite and tolerance.
But how exactly will this help your organisation? Here are five reasons your organisation will benefit from certifying to ISO 27001.
The most obvious reason to certify to ISO 27001 is that it will help you avoid security threats. This includes both cyber criminals breaking into your organisation and data breaches caused by internal actors making mistakes.
ISO 27001’s framework ensures that you have the tools in place to strengthen your organisation across the three pillars of cyber security: people, processes and technology.
You can use the Standard to identify the relevant policies you need to document, the technologies to protect you and the staff training to avoid mistakes.
ISO 27001 helps organisations to avoid the costly penalties associated with non-compliance with data protection requirements such as the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
Indeed, the Standard’s framework has much in common with the GDPR, and organisations can use its guidelines to achieve and maintain compliance.
But the GDPR isn’t the only framework that ISO 27001 can help you with. Its best-practice approach to information security means it is a suitable starting point for any number of regulations.