ISO 27001 certification positions organisations to mitigate information security and cybersecurity risk.

ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management Systems certification empowers organisations to effectively manage information security and cybersecurity risks. In the dynamic landscape of business IT security, several critical issues prevail, including the increasing frequency of cyberattacks and data breaches, with ransomware and phishing attacks becoming alarmingly common. As businesses digitise their operations, they accumulate vast amounts of valuable data, making them attractive targets for cybercriminals seeking to steal information and extort organisations for financial gain. The repercussions of data breaches are severe and encompass legal consequences, financial penalties, damage to reputation, and erosion of customer trust.

Organisations worldwide have responded to these pressures by implementing ISO/IEC 27001, also known as ISO 27001, the sole internationally auditable standard defining the requirements of an information security management system. This documented framework comprises policies, procedures, processes, and systems aimed at managing the risks of data loss due to cyberattacks, hacks, data leaks, or theft.

ISO 27001 provides a structured framework for managing and mitigating information security risks, reducing the likelihood of data breaches, and enhancing overall security. Compliance with ISO 27001 aids organisations in meeting legal and regulatory requirements, particularly critical in industries subject to stringent data protection regulations. The standard also encourages the development of robust business continuity and disaster recovery plans, ensuring the availability of critical systems and data during disruptions. ISO 27001 certification can help organisations build customer trust, enhance their reputation, and confer a competitive advantage.

ISO 27001's risk-based approach prioritises the most significant threats, promotes continuous improvement, and enjoys global recognition, making it invaluable for organisations operating internationally.

What are the key changes to the ISO 27001:2022 standard?

ISO 27001 underwent an update in 2022 to address changes and challenges in the information security landscape. The revisions to the standard aim to enhance its alignment with other ISO management system standards like ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, while also adhering to Annex SL for a unified structure and terminology.

Additionally, there is a focus on simplifying the standard's language to improve user comprehension. To address emerging security threats such as data masking, cloud services, and monitoring activities, security controls in Annex A have been updated. These revisions aim to provide greater flexibility and guidance, allowing organisations to customise their information security management systems to suit their specific needs and circumstances.

Organisations Already Certified to ISO 27001

As of October 2023, all ISO 27001 audits follow the 2022 revision. Non-compliances with the additional requirements in the 2022 edition will be identified as Areas of Concern and must be addressed during the three-transition period.

ISO 27001 Certification with Intertek

Globally, suppliers and business partners in the information security domain are increasingly requesting ISO 27001 certification throughout their supply chains or networks. Certification to ISO 27001 by an accredited and reputable certification body like Intertek enhances an organisation's positive brand image and confirms a dedicated approach to information security management.

Intertek has assisted organisations worldwide in achieving ISO 27001 certification efficiently. We go beyond issuing a certificate; we provide the tools to minimise security risks to your business. Our third-party auditing services offer independent assurance that your customers and stakeholders expect.

Additional Resources and Information on ISO 27001

Learn more about ISO 27001 from the International Organization for Standardization

Learn more about the ISO 27000 family of standards from the International Electrotechnical Commission

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