What is ISO 27001?


The ISO 27001 standard provides the framework for an effective Information Security Management System (ISMS). It sets out the policies and procedures needed to protect your organisation. It includes all the risk controls (legal, physical and technical) necessary for robust IT security management.

ISO 27001:2013 is the most recent version of the 27001 standard. You can learn more about the ISO 27001 requirements here.

What is ISO 27001


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What is ISO 27001?

ISO 27001 is the internationally recognised Standard for Information Security. 

It sets out the policies and procedures you need to protect data and manage sensitive information.

ISO 27001 helps you identify, prevent and address risks – so you can demonstrate that your business has the systems and controls in place to combat any threats to your data integrity.

How does ISO 27001 do this?

You may already have a number of information security controls in place.

However, making sure everybody is aware of your policies and that everyone follows them in the same way, can sometimes be difficult to manage.

With the ISO 27001 Standard, you will have a robust framework to help you define, document, monitor and review, and update your security controls, ensuring they’ll be implemented consistently.

What does ISO 27001 cover?

It’s worth noting that ISO 27001 is designed to cover much more than just IT. 

An important part of the Standard concerns data security across all areas of your business, from the screening of new employees to determining the actions needing to be taken when they leave.

To implement ISO 27001, you will need to:

  • Define and implement an ISO 27001-compliant Information Security Management System (known as the ISMS)
  • Define the scope of the ISMS
  • Define a security policy, along with associated ISMS Policies
  • Conduct a risk assessment
  • Manage identified risks
  • Select control objectives and controls to implement and
  • Prepare a Statement of Applicability.

Who needs ISO 27001?

ISO 27001 is perfect for any organisation which wants to demonstrate their commitment to information security, whatever their size or sector.

What are the benefits of ISO 27001?

The most widely seen benefits of the ISO 27001 Certification include:

  1. Confidential information is kept secure
  2. Customers and stakeholders gain confidence in how you manage risk
  3. Your legal obligations are met
  4. You gain a competitive advantage
  5. Customer satisfaction increases, which improves client retention

So, if you want to demonstrate to customers and stakeholders that you take the security of their information seriously, gaining certification to ISO 27001 is definitely worth considering.

You could get ISO certified within as little as 45 days with QMS’s award winning hassle-free process.

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