5 Benefits Of Implementing ISO27001

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Are you a small business or a startup? Want to know how upping your information security game and achieving ISO27001 certification could benefit your organisation? Read on to find out how a certificate could change your life.

I’m Stuart Barker: Founder of High Table (the fastest growing ISO27001 company, globally), ISO27001 Ninja, and author of that famous, ISO27001 toolkit written for small businesses like yours. But we’ll talk about that later…

At High Table, we’re the ISO people who want to help people like you. We inject personality, 20 years’ experience and expert ISO knowledge into a dull industry. (It’s boring stuff, we get it!) We want to help you install an ISMS (Information Security Management System) minus the stress. It’s our job to make the ISO27001 certification process easy and accessible for small companies, so you can focus your efforts on winning new contracts.

Ready? Let’s get information security savvy. 

What is ISO27001?

ISO27001 is the leading international standard for information security. In simple terms, it’s a set of guidelines and best practices required to create and maintain an effective ISMS.

An ISMS is a framework of policies, procedures and controls designed to monitor and protect your organisation’s sensitive information via effective risk management. Like a security guard for your information, or a data-Iron Man. (Avengers fans, we see you.)

What does ISO 27001 do?

By implementing an ISMS, you can better protect your information and assets from cyber threats, data breaches, and other security risks.

ISO 27001 essentially protects information from unauthorised access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction. It goes beyond just digital or electronic information and includes physical records, intellectual property, financial information, plus any form of sensitive or valuable information – ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

What is ISO27001 Certification?

ISO27001 certification is an independent verification that confirms that your organisation’s management system meets the standard. 

An accredited body conducts an audit of your business’ Information Security Management System (ISMS). Here, they ensure whether the correct risk assessments, policies and controls are being implemented and continually developed. If all requirements are met and are in compliance with the international standard, your certificate is issued and a world of opportunity is unlocked.

The benefits of ISO27001 certification for your business

There are many advantages of certification, including:

  1. It demonstrates your commitment to information security
  2. It helps you win more contracts and protect your reputation
  3. It helps you avoid expensive fines for security breaches
  4. It shows regulatory bodies that your business is in compliance with the standard
  5. It decreases the need for constant audits

Let’s explore these 5 key benefits in more detail.

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Certify to ISO27001 to demonstrate your commitment to information security

Certification shows your existing and potential clients, partners and stakeholders that your company: 

  • Complies with the standard
  • Is serious about improving their information security posture
  • Follows international best practices to keep their company information safe
  • Employs a management system that meets global best practices
  • Can them time and effort authenticating the supplier’s security procedure
  • Can save them on costs due to improved security measures and risk management
  • Is committed to creating a culture of continuous improvement and ongoing risk assessment

In a nutshell, organisations require assurance that you’re a safe bet and give a damn about their information security.

ISO27001 accreditation will help you win new business and protect your reputation

You want to be known for being the best in your industry, right? 

ISO27001 is great for your clients

Getting your certificate demonstrates that you have procedures and security measures in place to protect your clients’ information assets in the case of a security incident. This will give you a competitive advantage as potential customers are more likely to choose a provider who is certified over one that isn’t. It’s as simple as that.

In a world where data breaches and cyber security threats are rife, most organisations now expect their suppliers to be certified as standard.

ISO27001 is great for your company

Every business owner wants to succeed, don’t they? But without an ISO27001 framework in place, you are potentially missing out on new business.

Sound familiar?

  • That huge tender you wish you could win (but you need to be ISO27001 certified to bid)
  • That organisation you’re desperate to gain as a customer (but they won’t touch a business who hasn’t been through the accreditation process)

Gone are the days where only the big organisations can access the accreditation process. Thanks to companies like High Table, getting accredited is faster and more affordable than ever. So, what’s stopping you?

ISO27001 will help you avoid costly fines: breaches are expensive!

Robust information security practices are a must in today’s world. According to the latest IBM Cost of Data Breach Report, the average cost of a data breach hit $4.3 million in 2022, up a staggering 12.7% since 2020. But get this, of those breached organisations, 83% of them had been attacked before. Astonishing, isn’t it? With these rising costs in mind, the ISO27001 framework is vital step towards keeping yours and your customers’ sensitive information secure.

ISO27001 shows accreditation bodies that you’re on top of your regulatory compliance 

ISO27001 aligns with legal, regulatory, and contractual requirements related to information security. By implementing the standard, you can ensure that your organisation satisfies GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) and data protection requirements, industry-specific requirements, and contractual obligations. 

As soon as you get your business certified, regulatory bodies can see that you’re bossing compliance.

ISO27001 will reduce the need for frequent audits

Being certified reduces the requirement for audits because it provides independent authentication, simplifies due diligence, aligns with regulatory compliance, and demonstrates proactive risk management. 

Accreditation is credible evidence of a well-established information security management system, which reduces the demand for additional audits or assessments.

Reap the benefits of ISO27001 

Now we’ve addressed 5 key benefits of getting your small business ISO27001 certified, here’s the process you must follow to get that certificate in your hand:

Follow these steps to ISO27001 accreditation success:

  1. Identify the information assets that need protection and the processes that need to be included in the ISMS (Information Security Management System) 
  2. Identify the risks to the information assets and evaluate their impact. This helps to prioritise which risks to address first and what controls to implement.
  3. Once the controls have been identified, the organisation needs to implement them.
  4. Conduct internal audits to make sure that the ISMS is operating properly and meets the ISO27001 standard.
  5. Conduct a management review of the ISMS to make sure it’s meeting the organisation’s goals and objectives.
  6. Book an external accreditation body to perform an audit to determine whether the ISMS meets the ISO27001 standard. If it does, certificate granted. Mission accomplished.

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ISO 27001:2022 requirements

Organisational Controls - A5

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.1 Policies for information security

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.2 Information Security Roles and Responsibilities

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.3 Segregation of duties

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.4 Management responsibilities

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.5 Contact with authorities

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.6 Contact with special interest groups

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.7 Threat intelligence – new

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.8 Information security in project management

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.9 Inventory of information and other associated assets – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.10 Acceptable use of information and other associated assets – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.11 Return of assets

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.11 Return of assets

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.13 Labelling of information

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.14 Information transfer

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.15 Access control

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.16 Identity management

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.17 Authentication information – new

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.18 Access rights – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.19 Information security in supplier relationships

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.20 Addressing information security within supplier agreements

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.21 Managing information security in the ICT supply chain – new

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.22 Monitoring, review and change management of supplier services – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.23 Information security for use of cloud services – new

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.24 Information security incident management planning and preparation – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.25 Assessment and decision on information security events 

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.26 Response to information security incidents

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.27 Learning from information security incidents

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.28 Collection of evidence

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.29 Information security during disruption – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.31 Identification of legal, statutory, regulatory and contractual requirements

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.32 Intellectual property rights

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.33 Protection of records

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.34 Privacy and protection of PII

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35 Independent review of information security

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.36 Compliance with policies and standards for information security

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.37 Documented operating procedures 

Technology Controls - A8

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.1 User Endpoint Devices

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.2 Privileged Access Rights

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.3 Information Access Restriction

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.4 Access To Source Code

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.5 Secure Authentication

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.6 Capacity Management

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.7 Protection Against Malware

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.8 Management of Technical Vulnerabilities

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.9 Configuration Management 

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.10 Information Deletion

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.11 Data Masking

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.12 Data Leakage Prevention

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.13 Information Backup

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.14 Redundancy of Information Processing Facilities

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.15 Logging

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.16 Monitoring Activities

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.17 Clock Synchronisation

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.18 Use of Privileged Utility Programs

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.19 Installation of Software on Operational Systems

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.20 Network Security

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.21 Security of Network Services

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.22 Segregation of Networks

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.23 Web Filtering

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.24 Use of CryptographyISO27001 Annex A 8.25 Secure Development Life Cycle

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.26 Application Security Requirements

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.27 Secure Systems Architecture and Engineering Principles

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.28 Secure Coding

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.29 Security Testing in Development and Acceptance

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.30 Outsourced Development

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.31 Separation of Development, Test and Production Environments

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.32 Change Management

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.33 Test Information

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.34 Protection of information systems during audit testing