ISO 27001
Information Security Management

What is ISO 27001?

ISO 27001 is the internationally recognised standard for Information Security which is published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The standard provides the framework for an effective Information Security Management System (ISMS). It sets out the policies and procedures needed to protect organisations and includes all the risk controls (legal, physical and technical) necessary for robust IT security management.

ISO 27001 is designed to cover much more than just IT. An important part of the Standard concerns data security across all areas of a business; whether it is online or offline. The Standard is suitable for businesses of all sizes, from startups to larger organisations.

Why do organisations get certified?

What is ISO 27001?

Why do organisations get certified?


By achieving ISO 27001, companies are showing a commitment to ensuring that adequate security controls are in place to protect information and data from being accessed, corrupted, lost or stolen. Through ISO 27001 certification, companies can demonstrate compliance with internationally recognised standards of information security.

ISO 27001 Benefits

  1. Compliance: An Information Security Management system demonstrates your compliance with internationally recognised standards of information security, helping you to fulfil your legal obligations and comply with regulations (e.g. SOX).
  2. Confidentiality: It keeps confidential information secure by putting in place robust security policies and access management, allowing for the secure exchange of information
  3. Risk management: The Standard manages and minimises risk exposure, providing customers and stakeholders with confidence in how you manage risk.
  4. Customer satisfaction:It enhances customer satisfaction which improves client retention.
  5. Culture of security: Businesses get buy-in from your employees and stakeholders, building a culture of security
  6. All-round-protection: It protects the company, assets, shareholders and directors.

How much does ISO 27001 certification cost?

The cost of the certification and the implementation of the Information Security Management system depends on several factors. 

These include:

  • Your company's sector
  • Annual turnover
  • The number of employees
  • We would also need to know if you require industry-specific accreditation (such as ASCB or UKAS).



ISO 27001 Requirements

The standard uses a structure of ten clauses called Annex SL which when grouped cover the following four areas:

  1. Management Responsibility - the areas within the ISMS that your management team need to focus on, be involved with and be accountable for
  2. Resource Management - how resources such as people, infrastructure and facilities must be assigned to ensure the best possible performance
  3. Information Security - details on how your business will operate in order to ensure that your systems and assets remain protected from unauthorised access or loss
  4. Measurement, Analysis and Improvement - how you can determine if your Information Security Management System is working as expected, facilitating the continual improvement of your system

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the ISO 27001 certification take?

How long does ISO 27001 certification last?

Is ISO 27001 a legal requirement?

Who needs ISO 27001 and why is it important?

What is the latest version of ISO 27001?

Can an individual be ISO Certified?

How have businesses benefited from ISO 27001?

Client Testimonials of QMS and the ISO Certification Process

The Certification Process

Getting certified is quick and straightforward. Our expert consultants will work with you and your business to make the process as simple and easy as possible – highlighting and assisting you in making the necessary improvements to your current business processes.

Our 3 stage certification process ensures that you are assisted along every step in the process, and we even create your ‘Documented Information Security Management System’ for you, saving you time and money.

Once you have achieved certification the certification cycle will commence. This is made up of surveillance and re-certification audits, one of which must take place each year, around the anniversary of your certification. These visits confirm your continued compliance with the ISO 27001 Standard and verify the validity of your certification.

Your all-in-one Management System Solution

QMS Connect delivers all the tools you need to achieve and maintain ISO compliance.

With simple navigation, real-time reporting and the ability to modify and update content on the go, QMS Connect keeps you in control. Accessible online via your computer, tablet or smartphone 24 hours a day, QMS Connect helps you manage your ISO Management System in real-time.

QMS Connect helps engage your teams, so that you can capture data that will drive business decisions – increasing repeat business, reducing customer complaints and ultimately saving you both time and money.

A screenshot of the QMS Connect system on various platforms from desktop to mobile

ISO 27001 Resources

    Guide to ISO certification

    Why you should choose QMS to assist your business with ISO certification

    Guide to ISO certification

    General downloads

    Guide to Information and Cyber Security

    A visual guide to the areas covered by each of the information security products

    A visual guide to the areas covered by each of the information security products

    Information Security downloads

    Case Study: IT Services Jersey

    A real life case study of a company that obtained both ISO 27001 & ISO 20000-1 certification

    A real life case study of a company that obtained both ISO 27001 & ISO 20000-1 certification

    ISO 27001 downloads

    Beginner's Guide to ISO 27001

    Information Security Management System requirements explained for every day users

    Learn the basics of ISO 27001 and what is required of your organisation

    ISO 27001 downloads

    Guide to implementing ISO 27001

    Understand the principles of ISO 27001 and how they impact your business

    Covering the principles of ISO 27001

    ISO 27001 downloads

    Standard Overview: ISO 27001

    Overview of the ISO 27001 Information Security Management System Standard

    An introduction to ISO 27001 and the service offered by QMS

    ISO 27001 downloads

    Checklist for ISO 27001:2013 implementation

    Understand what ISO 27001:2013 requires from your business

    Understand the impact of ISO 27001 on your business

    ISO 27001 downloads

    Case Study: IP House

    A real life case study of a company that has obtained ISO 27001 certification

    A real life case study of a company that has obtained ISO 27001 certification 

    ISO 27001 downloads

    Top 10 Non-conformities for ISO 27001

    Areas to focus on in order to prevent non-conformities

    Areas to focus on in order to prevent non-conformities

    ISO 27001 downloads

    Is GDPR covered by ISO 27001?

    Understand the areas of the GDPR which are covered by ISO 27001 Certification

    Understand the areas of the GDPR which are covered by ISO 27001 Certification

    ISO 27001 downloads

    What Information Security Products are Available?

    The QMS International suite of information security products

    The QMS International suite of information security products

    Information Security downloads

    QMS International Company Profile

    Find out about QMS, our achievements and some of our clients

    QMS International Company Profile

    General downloads

Latest ISO 27001 news

At QMS we are constantly updating our approach and process to meet the latest changes in how ISO 27001 works.

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    Are your cyber policies up to scratch for the ‘new normal’?

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Latest ISO 27001 news

At QMS we are constantly updating our approach and process to meet the latest changes in how ISO 27001 works.

    Cyber security after COVID-19: what should businesses do next?

    COVID-19 is still far from being banished to the back of our minds, but with the...

    Thu, October 01 2020

    Read

    New opportunities for Cintra with ISO 9001 and ISO 27001

    After achieving certification in both ISO 9001 and ISO 27001, Cintra, a multi-aw...

    Fri, July 31 2020

    Read

    Are your cyber policies up to scratch for the ‘new normal’?

    Whether working remotely, heading back to the office or switching between the tw...

    Wed, July 01 2020

    Read

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