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ISO 27001, the international information security standard

What is ISO 27001?

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 (ISO 27001) is the international standard that describes best practice for an ISMS (information security management system).

Achieving accredited certification to ISO 27001 demonstrates that your company is following information security best practice, and delivers an independent, expert assessment of whether your data is adequately protected. ISO 27001 is supported by its code of practice for information security management, ISO/IEC 27002:2013.

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What is an ISMS?

An ISMS is a system of processes, documents, technology and people that helps to manage, monitor, audit and improve your organization’s information security. It helps you manage all your security practices in one place, consistently and cost-effectively.

An ISO 27001-compliant ISMS relies on regular risk assessments, so you will be able to identify and treat security threats according to your organization’s risk appetite and tolerance.

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ISO 27001 and risk management

ISO 27001 emphasises the importance of risk management, which forms the cornerstone of an ISMS. All ISO 27001 projects evolve around an information security risk assessment - a formal, top management-driven process which provides the basis for a set of controls that help to manage information security risks.

By implementing an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS, organizations will be able to secure information in all its forms, increase their resilience to cyber attacks, adapt to evolving security threats and reduce the costs associated with information security.

Why achieve ISO 27001 certification?

Reduce costs associated with information security

Thanks to the risk assessment and analysis approach of an ISMS, you can reduce costs spent on indiscriminately adding layers of defensive technology that might not work.

Meet legal

ISO 27001 provides an excellent starting point for meeting the technical and operational requirements of the EU GDPR and other key cybersecurity laws.


Win new

Implementing ISO 27001 will allow you to meet increasingly strict client demands for greater data security.


Protect your

When you implement ISO 27001, you demonstrate that you have taken the necessary steps to protect your business.


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How to implement an ISMS

Implementing an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS will include the following key elements:

  • Scope the project
  • Get board commitment and secure budget
  • Identify interested parties, and legal, regulatory and contractual requirements
  • Conduct a risk assessment
  • Review and implement the required controls
  • Develop internal competence
  • Develop management system documentation
  • Conduct staff awareness training
  • Measure, monitor, review and audit the ISMS
  • Get certified

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