ISO 27001

Achieving Excellence in Information Security: The Role of ISO 27001

Nowadays, organisations face unexpected and difficult challenges, on top of ensuring smooth-running operations and other concerns. One of those challenges is information security. Protecting sensitive information from cyber-attacks and threats remains a top priority. However, top standards may not be met by all organisations. To achieve excellence in information security, organisations should consider getting ISO 27001 certified. Let’s discuss ISO 27001 in more detail and explain its role in achieving information security excellence.

Defining ISO 27001

ISO 27001, officially recognised as ISO/IEC 27001, is the world’s leading standard for information security. It was developed in collaboration with the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in 2005 and later revised in 2013 and 2022. It contains three main principles: confidentiality, integrity and availability of data and information. The standard can be implemented by organisations of all sizes and sectors. It provides a structured framework for establishing, implementing, maintaining and modifying an information security management system. 

To achieve ISO 27001 accreditation, organisations are required to establish a tailored information security management system (ISMS). This system contains a set of policies, procedures and controls that determine how an organisation manages their information security risks. Other requirements include risk assessment, risk treatment, evaluation, internal audits and continual improvement. 

Why Is ISO 27001 Important?

With the rise in cyber attacks and the emergence of new threats, it can seem impossible for organisations to stay ahead. Thankfully, ISO 27001 plays a critical role in creating security risk awareness, improving information security management systems and reducing risks of security breaches, cyber-attacks and unprecedented threats within organisations. 

The standard also offers the following benefits for certified organisations:

  • Some ISO 27001 requirements cover those of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the Data Protection Act, as well as complying with legal and regulatory requirements
  • Builds trust with customers, shareholders and investors in handling sensitive information
  • Gives a competitive advantage by demonstrating that organisations are committed to the highest standards of information security
  • Saves money by increasing efficiency and reduces costs associated with cyber attacks such as legal fees

How To Become ISO 27001 Certified?

Once you understand the requirements of ISO 27001 and your organisation has established an ISMS to meet those requirements, you can proceed to the stages of becoming ISO 27001 certified. Next, the organisation can register for accreditation with a certification body. The certification body will perform a two-stage audit of your ISMS to ensure it meets the ISO 27001 requirements. Once the audit process is successful, your organisation will receive an ISO 27001 certification. 

Achieve ISO 27001 Accreditation With SYTECH

In 2023, 32% of businesses reported suffering a cyber attack or breach. By establishing a robust ISMS and certifying for ISO 27001, you can give your organisation the best possible chance of achieving information security excellence and preventing cyber attacks in years to come.

Before you apply for accreditation, you can prepare your ISMS by working with SYTECH Consultants. We are the UK’s leading digital forensic partner and cybersecurity service company. We are certified for ISO 27001:2013 and have a deep understanding of the accreditation. Through our guidance and support, we have helped many UK organisations in achieving and maintaining their ISO 27001 accreditation. 

How Can SYTECH Help You?

At SYTECH Consultants, we provide organisations of all sizes and types with effective cyber services such as Cyber Essentials, Incident Response and Penetration Testing. For instance, our Penetration Testing is a tailored service that can prepare your organisation to certify for IS0 27001. It involves a simulated cyber attack against your systems. Our cyber experts will attempt to gain access to your systems, identify weaknesses and give you a detailed report on how to correct and enhance your systems against future cyber attackers. 

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