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ISO 27001 benefits

ISO 27001 is the only auditable international standard that defines the requirements of an information security management system (ISMS). An ISMS is a set of policies, procedures, processes and systems that manage information risks, such as cyber attacks, hacks, data leaks or theft.

Certifying to ISO/IEC 27001 demonstrates that an organization has defined and put in place best-practice information security processes. Not all organizations choose to get certified – some use ISO 27001 as a framework for best practice.

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How your organization will benefit from ISO 27001 certification

Win new business and sharpen your competitive edge

Not only does ISO 27001 certification help you demonstrate good security practices, thereby improving working relationships and retaining existing clients, but it also gives you a proven marketing edge against your competitors, putting you alongside the likes of Google, Microsoft, and Amazon.

Avoid the financial penalties and losses associated with data breaches

The global average cost of a data breach has skyrocketed to $3.86 million (a 6.4% increase from 2017), with the average cost of a data breach highest in the US, according to Ponemon Institute. 

As the accepted global benchmark for the effective management of information assets, ISO 27001 enables organizations to avoid the potentially devastating financial losses caused by data breaches.

Protect and enhance your reputation

Cyber attacks are increasing in volume and strength daily, and the financial and reputational damage caused by an ineffectual information security posture can be disastrous.

Implementing an ISO 27001-certified ISMS helps to protect your organization against such threats and demonstrates that you have taken the necessary steps to protect your business.

Comply with business, legal, contractual and regulatory requirements

The Standard is designed to ensure the selection of adequate and proportionate security controls that help to protect information in line with increasingly rigid regulatory requirements such as the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the NIST CSF (Cybersecurity Framework), and the Sarbanes–Oxley Act (SOX).

Improve structure and focus

When a business grows rapidly, it doesn't take long before there is confusion about who is responsible for which information assets. The Standard helps businesses become more productive by clearly setting out information risk responsibilities.

Reduce the need for frequent audits

ISO 27001 certification provides a globally accepted indication of security effectiveness, negating the need for repeated customer audits, which reduces the number of external customer audit days.

Obtain an independent opinion about your security posture

Certification to ISO 27001 involves undertaking regular reviews and internal audits of the ISMS to ensure its continual improvement. In addition, an external auditor will review the ISMS at specific intervals to establish whether the controls are working as intended. This independent assessment provides an expert opinion of whether the ISMS is functioning properly and provides the level of security needed to protect the organisation’s information.

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