How to renew your ISO 27001 certification

If you’ve taken the time to certify to ISO 27001, the last thing you want is to let that certification expire.

Doing so means you’re not staying on top of your information security risks, increasing the likelihood of a data breach or cyber attack, and will cause you to lose the competitive advantage that comes with certification.

So how can you ensure that doesn’t happen? Let’s take a look at how you can make your ISO 27001 certification renewal process a success.

How often do you need to renew your ISO 27001 certification?

You can find out when your ISO 27001 certificate expires by checking the expiry date on the document – this will be three years from when it was issued.

If you can’t find your certificate, you can contact the accreditation body that issued it to get a new copy.

What happens if you don’t renew your certification?

Failing to renew your certification means, quite simply, that you will no longer be ISO 27001-certified. As such, you’ll have to remove all references to certification on your website, products, and other materials.

Similarly, you’ll no longer be able to use certification to assure customers and clients that you take information security seriously.

Perhaps most importantly, you’ll lose out on a variety of business opportunities. Many organizations will only partner with ISO 27001-certified clients, because it reduces the risk of security incidents.

How the renewal process works

Recertification isn’t quite as complex as the initial certification process, but you should still give yourself about three months to complete the necessary tasks.

You should begin by reviewing your practices to look for any nonconformities. Part of this process will involve team leaders going over previous reports and notes you’ve made on continual improvements.

If there are any issues that need to be rectified, now is the time to address them. Once that’s done, you can begin the recertification audit.

The process is similar to the initial certification audit, except you don’t need to pass the stage one audit.

The auditor will visit your premises to assess your practices and review your documentation, internal auditing, and overall business performance. This will be much the same as the surveillance audits you’d have previously had, except more detailed.

You will then receive the auditor’s report, informing you whether you’ve recertified to the Standard. This document may include corrective actions that you must address within 15 days in order to be eligible for recertification.

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