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How ISO/IEC 27001 enhances your cybersecurity measures

December 4th, 2023 By Amywright

If your company works directly with anything IT-related, you’ll likely be familiar with ISO/IEC 27001. If it doesn’t, you may have heard the term somewhere. Whether or not you’ve heard of or dealt with it before, ISO/IEC 27001 is more than just an acronym – it’s one of the world’s most predominant cybersecurity certifications, encompassing all data security measures to ensure the safety of your company’s everyday operations. This post will guide you through what exactly ISO/IEC 27001 certification entails and how it protects against cyber threats.

What’s ISO/IEC 27001?

ISO/IEC 27001, in layman’s terms, is an internationally heralded standard designed to manage information security. It covers all organisational grounds, consisting mainly of policies, procedures, and other controls intended to moderate and oversee people, processes, and technology deployment within an organisation. Typically, IT, healthcare, government, and financial organisations like brokerage houses and insurance companies will get ISO/IEC 27001-certified as they deal with large amounts of sensitive user data. However, certification isn’t uncommon in any other relevant industries; any company dealing with data and IT systems are applicable, too.

ISO/IEC 27001’s Security Measures

ISO/IEC 27001’s framework provides a wealth of information security measures organisations must comply with to achieve and continue their certification. The following steps ensure adequate grounds are covered:

  • Risk Assessment: Identifying and assessing potential threats and vulnerabilities within the audited organisation.
  • Security Controls: This refers to controls and best practices focusing on identifying risks, like access control, encryption, and incident response. An organisation’s protection measures become more robust upon implementation, better safeguarding compromising data.
  • Policies & Procedures: ISO/IEC 27001 mandates the development of information – these documents provide clear guidelines for employees on handling and protecting their data and systems. Specifically, these aim to minimise the likelihood of data breaches caused by human error; malicious entities continue to mislead individuals within organisations to gain compromising information.
  • Security Awareness: ISO/IEC 27001 emphasises the importance of employee awareness and training concerning information security. A lack of adequate training in this area opens up a plethora of vulnerabilities; sometimes, all it takes is for one employee to click a convincing-looking link that manifests into a virus.
  • Continuous Improvement: The framework follows a Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle, which promotes continual and consistent improvement. Certified organisations should review their security measures regularly, which is particularly important in the cybersecurity world as it is ever evolving and developing, often surreptitiously.
  • Compliance: ISO/IEC 27001 helps organisations achieve and maintain compliance measures. Many data protection laws require companies to have specific criteria, such as GDPR. There may also be industry-specific regulations, depending on your industry. ISO/IEC 27001 isn’t usually a requirement, but it is a certification that speaks volumes to stakeholders of all kinds; it’s a tangible display of your commitment to data protection, which is invaluable in today’s world.
  • Data Backup and Recovery: Data protection and backup are foundational in ISO/IEC 27001‘s framework. These measures ensure minimal data loss, ensuring companies can quickly bounce back and restore critical information. The last couple of decades have shown that even the world’s most prominent players can collapse to their knees when their sensitive data is compromised.

To conclude, ISO/IEC 27001 is an all-encompassing management standard that all organisations handling sizeable datasets should use. It ensures your company’s cybersecurity measures are up to scratch and displays your commitment to handling data responsibly. If you’re interested, contact us – we’ll get you up to speed.

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