ISO/IEC 27001 (also known as ISO 27001) is the international standard that describes best practice for an information security management system (ISMS), a systematic approach to managing confidential or sensitive corporate information so that it remains secure.
This page explains how ISO 27001 can help your organization address its information security obligations, and it links to the products that will help you implement the Standard, including our ISO 27001 packaged solutions >>
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ISO 27001: an introduction
ISO 27001 provides a framework for implementing an information security management system (ISMS) that allows organizations to manage the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their information assets. An ISO 27001-aligned ISMS functions to protect and monitor information and follows a continual improvement approach, allowing the organization to keep up with evolving threats. The Standard provides a holistic approach to information security that encompasses people, processes, and technology.
For an introductory guide to ISO 27001, please see An Introduction to Information Security and ISO 27001 (2013) A Pocket Guide.
What is an ISMS?
Information security is not just about antivirus software, implementing the latest firewall, or locking down your laptops or webservers. In fact, technology alone is no longer sufficient to protect your business in the fight against cybercrime. The overall approach to information security should be strategic as well as operational, and different security initiatives should be prioritized, integrated, and cross-referenced to ensure overall effectiveness.
An ISO 27001-compliant ISMS helps you coordinate all your security efforts (both technological, people-based, and physical) coherently, consistently, and cost-effectively. The ISMS is a constantly evolving system, and is based on regular risk assessments to ensure that threats are being identified and treated in an appropriate manner, in line with the organization’s risk appetite.
ISO 27001 adoption in America
An increase in frequency and severity of data breaches in the US, pressure from stakeholders and local legislation, and the rising costs of information security solutions has seen many organizations take action and seek certification (also known as registration) to ISO 27001.
Certification to the ISO 27001 standard has seen a steep increase in the US over the past eight years: According to the latest ISO survey, 78% more organizations were registered to ISO 27001 in 2015 than in 2014.
The argument for the deployment of a formal ISMS is fully developed in The Case for ISO 27001.
Business benefits of ISO 27001
Certification to ISO 27001 is a globally acknowledged mark of compliance and provides huge business benefits for organizations:
Win business by reassuring potential and existing customers
ISO 27001 certification demonstrates to your customers and stakeholders that you take cybersecurity seriously. In a world where cyber attacks are ever more frequent and threaten all organizations, it is a significant advantage to be able to demonstrate your level of cybersecurity with an internationally accepted certification.
ISO 27001 is also fast becoming a prerequisite when tendering for large-scale and public sector contracts. ISO 27001 offers a marketing advantage over your competitors and will help you win and retain business.
Protect your organization’s reputation
Certification to ISO 27001 will ensure your information is protected, helping you avoid data breaches, fines, and brand damage. It will assure your suppliers, customers, stakeholders, and staff that you are following fully-auditable best practice, which will increase morale within your organization and confidence in its competence outside it, improving your reputation and giving you a competitive edge.
Meet compliance requirements
Creating an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS will also help your organization meet its legal and regulatory compliance requirements, including state data breach notification laws and federal regulations such as FISMA, the GLBA, HIPAA, and SOX, and international standards like the PCI DSS.
ISO 27001 is the only auditable international standard for information security management systems.
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Free ISO 27001 & Information Security download
If you are new to ISO 27001, we recommend you download our free green paper, ISO 27001 & Information Security. It answers the basic questions about information security and ISO 27001, such as how the Standard helps organizations manage their information security more effectively, how to initiate an information security project, and what value registered conformance to ISO 27001 provides. It also points to online resources and tools that are useful to anyone tasked with leading an information security project.
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How IT Governance can help
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ISO 27001 training courses
ISO27001 Certified ISMS Foundation Online
This one-day interactive Live Online course explains the benefits of the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 information security management standard and provides a complete introduction to the key elements required to achieve best practice and compliance.
ISO27001 Certified ISMS Lead Implementer Online
This three-day interactive Live Online course covers all nine of the key steps involved in planning, implementing, and maintaining an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS (information security management system).
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ISO 27001 compliance tools
ISO 27001 Cybersecurity Documentation Toolkit
Fulfil your cybersecurity obligations and benefit from the international best-practice ISO 27001:2013 information security framework with this set of customizable documentation templates created by leading ISO 27001 practitioners.
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The ISO 27001 Expertise Bundle
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ISO 27001 solutions
We have created a range of packaged solutions that will enable you to implement ISO 27001 at a speed and for a budget that is appropriate to your needs and preferred project approach.
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