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Information Security Management: ISO 27001

Security of information has never been so important, particularly in relation to client confidentiality.  Control your information with an information security management system based on ISO 27001.

ISO 27001 is an international standard for information security management systems.  A well-designed, implemented and maintained information security management system allows organisations to demonstrate robust management of the security of the information they hold – an important ability in an age where customer confidentiality is paramount.

Potential benefits of implementing an ISO 27001-compliant system are as follows:

  • Possessing the ability to keep information secure, and to demonstrate this ability to important stakeholders, such as customers and regulatory bodies
  • Increasing customer confidence
  • Allowing secure transfer of information
  • Improving consistency in delivered product
  • Demonstrating meeting of legal and other requirements
  • Improving customer satisfaction.

In addition to the reasons and benefits above, having a certified ISO 27001 information security management system allows organisations to compete for work that requires a system as a prerequisite, as well as serving as a distinction from companies who do not have such a system.  It has been observed that government departments in particular are increasing the requirement for relevant suppliers to hold ISO 27001 certification.

The main elements of the ISO 27001 standard are as follows:2a3941_1cddb98d529b4bb9aad062c36acde753

  • Risk assessment
  • Security policy
  • Organization of information security
  • Asset management
  • Human resources security
  • Physical and environmental security
  • Communications and operations management
  • Access control
  • Information systems acquisition, development and maintenance
  • Information security incident management
  • Business continuity management
  • Compliance.

 

ISO 27001 is not tied to any particular industry and may be applied to any type or size of organisation, but it is particularly suited to organisations in which secure asset management is paramount, such as printing, banking, government, data management, and insurance companies.