With many organizations across the globe recovering from the WannaCry outbreak, public awareness over the importance of cybersecurity has spiked. But while installing a patch may protect you from this particular attack, what happens next time?
WannaCry again proves how indiscriminate cyber attacks can be. You may think that your organization is under attackers’ radars or that you don’t have anything worth stealing, but cyber crime isn’t as simple as that. WannaCry had only one aim: to find unsupported and unpatched Windows systems via the much-discussed Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) flaw. In doing so, the ransomware spread to thousands of companies, big and small, across all industries and in 150 countries.
Attacks can strike anyone at any moment, so it’s crucial to protect your organization. And with cyber attacks grabbing more headlines, it pays to be able to prove to customers that you’re secure. The best way to do this is to gain ISO 27001 certification. The Standard describes best practice for an information security management system (ISMS) and is one of the most frequently implemented sets of information security guidelines.
Big names demonstrate their commitment
ISO 27001 is the world’s highest accreditation for information protection and security. It requires the ISMS to be aligned with the organization’s business objectives and process, as well as ensuring that it fulfils business, regulatory, and contractual obligations.
In the past, ISO 27001 wasn’t as popular in the US as it was in the rest of the world, but a rise in data breaches in the past few years, as well as pressure from stakeholders and local legislation, has seen many US organizations take action and seek certification. The New York Stock Exchange now recommends the Standard, acknowledging it as “the most accepted cybersecurity standard globally.”
Many of the world’s largest companies hold registrations with ISO 27001, including:
Because ISO 27001 can be applied by businesses of any size in any sector, there are countless organizations across the globe registered to the Standard.
Learn more about ISO 27001
If you’re new to ISO 27001, or you want to know more, you should download our free green paper, Cybersecurity & ISO 27001: Implementation. It provides you with advice on how to achieve registration while saving time and money, and how to simplify the implementation process. It also details our 10-step approach to implementing the Standard, and explains how you can receive a free consultation from us.