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ISO 27001

Information Security Management Systems

Prevent data breaches and win new clients.

ISO 27001 will help your business build a robust Information Security Management System (ISMS).

It will also demonstrate your commitment to information security, allowing you to stand out from your competition, build trust and credibility with partners and clients, and assist in protecting your business from cyber threats.

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What is ISO 27001?

A key priority for organisations is to secure the data and information they hold. With high-profile data breaches and cyber security attacks such as ransomware, customers require organisations to handle, secure and store data and information to the highest standard.

ISO 27001, also known as ISO/IEC 27001, is the world’s best-known standard for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS). It provides a systematic and comprehensive approach to managing and protecting sensitive information within an organisation. Certification to ISO 27001 is valuable to organisations looking to enhance their cybersecurity posture and demonstrate their commitment to protecting sensitive information.

The standard was developed by the International Organization for Standardization and is part of the wider ISO/IEC 27000 family. It was recently updated from the 2013 version of the standard to the 2022 version and the latest version of the standard is known as ISO/IEC27001:2022.

What are the benefits?

Confidentiality Assurance

Secure Data Exchange

Regulatory Compliance

Data Protection

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Competitive Advantage

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Enhanced Trust

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Consistent Delivery

Risk Reduction

Cultural Security

Organisational Protection

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Strong Internal Processes

Continuous Improvement

Key Requirements of ISO 27001

The ISO 27001 standard outlines a number of requirements that organisations must meet to demonstrate their commitment to information security. These include

Risk Assessment: Identify and assess the risks to your organisation’s information assets. This includes understanding the potential threats, vulnerabilities and impacts.

Security Policies: Develop comprehensive information security policies and procedures that cover all aspects of your ISMS. These policies should be aligned with the organisation’s objectives and risk assessment findings.

Information Security Roles: Define the roles and responsibilities related to information security within your organisation. Assign roles such as Information Security Manager and Data Protection Officer, as needed.

Asset Management: Maintain an inventory of information assets and classify them based on their importance and sensitivity. Implement controls to protect these assets accordingly.

Access Control: Ensure that access to information and systems is restricted to authorised personnel only. Implement user access controls, including user authentication and authorisation.

Security Awareness: Train and raise awareness among employees about information security. Ensure that your staff understands their roles in maintaining security.

Incident Response: Develop an incident response plan to handle security incidents effectively. This should include steps for reporting, assessing, and mitigating security breaches.

Monitoring and Measurement: Continuously monitor the performance of your ISMS and gather data to measure its effectiveness. Use this information to make improvements where necessary.

Business Continuity: Develop a business continuity plan to ensure that critical processes and information can be maintained in the event of disruptions or disasters.

Compliance: Ensure that your ISMS aligns with relevant legal and regulatory requirements, such as GDPR, and maintain documentation to demonstrate compliance.

The Certification Journey

Stage One

The initial assessment determines if the mandatory requirements of the standard are being met and if the management system is capable of proceeding to Stage 2.

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Stage Two

The second assessment determines the effectiveness of the system, and seeks to confirm that the management system is implemented and operational.

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Recommendation for Certification

At this point in the process we review any corrective actions taken to address findings raised at Stage 1 & 2. Certification may be recommended.

3

Certification Review & Decision

The organisations files are reviewed by an independent and impartial panel and the certification decision is made.

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Certification Achieved

Successful certification is communicated to the client. Certificates are issued.

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ISO 27001 FAQs

Certification Europe is accredited by INAB to ensure that the services we provide are exceptional and meet rigorous international certification standards.

Accreditation is the process by which a certification body is recognised to offer certification services. To become accredited, Certification Europe is required to implement a Quality Management System which is accredited by INAB (Irish National Accreditation Body).

We’re audited annually to ensure our services meet the exact requirements of the relevant accreditation standards.

Our expertise is proven, and you can read about them on our website. We launched the first accredited scheme for ISO 27001 in Ireland and the first accredited scheme for BS 7799.

ISO 27001:2022 is the latest version of the ISO 27001 standard and part of the wider ISO 27001 family. We use the most up-to-date ISO standard to meet mandatory certification requirements.

ISO 27001 certification is suitable for any organisation, large or small, in any sector. The standard is especially relevant where information protection is critical, such as banking, financial, health, public, and IT. The standard is also applicable to organisations that manage high volumes of data or information on behalf of other organisations such as data centres and IT outsourcing companies.

The information security management standard lasts for three years and is subject to mandatory audits to ensure compliance. At the end of the three years, you will need to complete a reassessment audit to receive the standard for an additional three years.

Certification Europe offers ISO 27001 Implementation and Lead Auditor dedicated ISO training courses.

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FAQs on the updated ISO/IEC 27001 Standard

Since this standard was last updated back in 2013, the information security industry has transformed significantly through the types of new technologies available to us all, such as the cloud.

The level of intellectual property and information assets we hold come with new and emerging threats and risks. This has resulted in the requirement for ISO 27001 to be updated to ensure it stays effective and relevant.

The overall structure of ISO/IEC 27001’s Annex SL clauses have not changed. These clauses include:

  • Clause 4 – Context of the organization
  • Clause 5 – Leadership
  • Clause 6 – Planning
  • Clause 7 – Support
  • Clause 8 – Operation
  • Clause 9 – Performance evaluation
  • Clause 10 – Improvement

The clauses have, however, undergone minor changes including wording, structuring of sentences and some additional new content.

Annex A has had the most significant changes, with the number of controls being refined from 114 in ISO 27001:2013 to 93 in ISO/IEC 27001:2022. These controls have been restructured and merged to align into 4 control sections, instead of the previous 14 sections.

When an organisation is certified to ISO 27001, it means they have controls in place to identify, manage and mitigate risks and have secure systems in place. With cyber-attacks more common than ever, this updated version of the standard offers confidence, assurance and certainty to businesses that their information security management system stays on top of the risks. It also demonstrates to your customers that you take information security seriously and are prepared for any attacks on your system(s).

If your business is currently certified to ISO 27001:2013, you will need to transition to the new standard before the Transition Period Deadline.

There is a transition period of 36 months for certified companies. This runs from 25th October 2022 to 31st October 2025, giving certified companies plenty of time to comply.

Our ISO/IEC 27001:2022 Transition Policy, available for download below, contains useful information to help you through the Transition Period.

We have also created two helpful timeline images available to view below:

 

Certification Europe offers a Transition Training Course available to anyone who wants to learn more about the differences between ISO 27001:2013 and ISO/IEC 27001:2022.

Alternatively, feel free to get in touch with our team if you have any questions.

Timeline of ISO 27001 2022 Standard Evolution

The Certification Journey

Stage One

The initial assessment determines if the mandatory requirements of the standard are being met and if the management system is capable of proceeding to Stage 2.

1

Stage Two

The second assessment determines the effectiveness of the system, and seeks to confirm that the management system is implemented and operational.

2

Recommendation for Certification

At this point in the process we review any corrective actions taken to address findings raised at Stage 1 & 2. Certification may be recommended.

3

Certification Review & Decision

The organisations files are reviewed by an independent and impartial panel and the certification decision is made.

4

Certification Achieved

Successful certification is communicated to the client. Certificates are issued.

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