ISO 27017

Code of Practice for Information Security Controls Based on ISO 27002 for Cloud Services

More and more organisations are turning to cloud services to help them run their businesses and store vital information. But this has opened up new security questions and created a need for more relevant security controls.

The ISO (International Organisation for Standards) has recognised this need and created an extension to their Information Security Management Standard (ISO 27001). By achieving ISO 27017, you can demonstrate that you have relevant controls in place to keep information safe within your cloud service, giving your business a competitive advantage and a stronger reputation for security.

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What is ISO 27017?

ISO 27017 is a code of practice designed to tighten security in the cloud.

It is an extension of ISO 27001, the Standard for Information Security Management, and it was designed to provide more detail and guidance on cloud security. 

It also expands on the requirements featured within ISO 27002, which lays out the specific controls for ISO 27001. ISO 27017 builds on these controls and includes ones that are more focused on cloud services. This can help you to choose the right security controls for your business and ensure you can keep your cloud secure.

ISO 27017 also has requirements for the customer. It details the responsibilities of IT teams or other clients so that they know what to look for in a cloud service. By taking this approach, the Standard aims to make cloud services as safe and secure as possible, building both customer and business confidence in the service.

The benefits of ISO 27017

Top benefits of achieving certification in ISO 27017 include:

  1. Robust, focused and relevant controls for the protection of information in the cloud.
  2. Reassurance to customers and stakeholders that their information in the cloud will be protected.
  3. Compliance with legislation and regulations.
  4. Informed customers who understand their responsibilities and what they need from their cloud host.

How much does ISO 27017 cost?

The cost of ISO 27017 depends on whether you already have an existing ISO 27001 Information Security Management System. If you do, you can add the ISO 27017 extension to your existing Information Security Management System.

ISO 27017 is an extension of this Standard, which means it cannot be implemented as a standalone product. If you haven’t yet achieved certification in this Standard, you will therefore need to implement ISO 27001 alongside ISO 27017 in order to achieve the certification you are looking for.

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ISO 27017 Certification Process

Becoming certified to ISO 27017 is a straightforward process, whether you are adding it to your existing ISO 27001 system or are implementing both.

If you already have ISO 27001, the process will be a little quicker as you will already have some supportive frameworks in place. However, you will still go through the same three-step process as businesses that are implementing both Standards at once.

During the process, our consultant will also identify your business and team members as information controllers, processors or both. This will depend on whether you are the person (or business) who determines the purposes for which, and the way in which, personal information is processed, or the person (or business) who processes personal information on behalf of the information controller. This early classification will remove unnecessary complexity.

    Gap Analysis

    A QMS Consultant will visit your Organisation to review and document your current processes and procedures, highlighting any areas that do not meet the requirements of the Standard.

    3 Step Certification


    Now its time to make sure any required process or procedural changes are made, as highlighted in the Review. QMS can provide templates to assist you in doing this.

    3 Step Certification


    An Auditor must now visit your Organisation to check that the documented processed are being followed and that the necessary changes have been made. Once they are satisfied, you will be rewarded with your certification.

    3 Step Certification



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 Standard and verify the validity of your certification.

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It also helps you engage your teams, capturing information that can hone your business decisions for more repeat customers and better customer satisfaction.

Latest ISO 27017 news

At QMS we are constantly updating our approach and process to meet the latest changes in how ISO 27017 works.

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