Why and how we got ISO 27001 certification ourselves

High Table get ISO 27001 certification

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Stuart Barker

No one has ever asked us for it!

If you are reading this then chances are you already know what ISO 27001 certification is. Showing that you meet the standard for information security. It’s what we do for a living, getting clients through the process so it made sense that we should get the certification ourselves.

I have to be honest here and say in over 15 years of consulting no one has ever asked if we have ISO 27001. Strange, right?

That is not a reason not to get it and hold yourself accountable to the same standards as your clients. To be fair we don’t touch any data, access any systems but you think it might come up. It hasn’t.

It’s a big ask, and we know it

ISO 27001 for any organisation is a big ask. Especially one with under 10 employees.

There is the time to build the ISMS (we have that covered) and to implement and run it (we have that covered too).

Then there is cost of the certification itself.

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You can shop around for your UKAS certification body and we chose one with an outstanding reputation but you are still looking at around £3,000 of profits that would sit lovely in your holiday or bonus fund.

Finally taking the audit is around 4 days you are taking out of your business that is lost earning opportunity.

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Peace of mind

We have passed our UKAS ISO 27001 Certification Audit. The feedback from the UKAS auditor was that this was one of the best ISMS’s they have seen. This is always a nice compliment to hear.

Would you expect anything less? 🙂

What we are getting is peace of mind. This is peace of mind and verification that we are doing the right thing but also peace of mind for our customers and clients that we hold ourselves to account to the same standards that they do.

You might think you cannot afford it but the real questions is, can you afford not to?

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Stuart Barker

About the Author

Stuart Barker

Stuart is an ISO 27001 Consultant and author of the ISO 27001 Templates Toolkit. Over 20 years he has helped hundreds of organisations with the ISO 27001 standard and getting them ISO 27001 certification with a 100% success rate.

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