ISO 27001 Compliance

What is ISO 27001?

While there are regional and national standards for security compliance, there is also a widely used international standard: ISO 27001. ISO 27001 is part of the ISO 27000 standards, with this specific one receiving further updates throughout the years.

ISO 27001 presents a compliance standard and a structure for an information security management system (ISMS) for those handling information and data that must be protected, and its confidentiality secured.

To prove compliance with ISO 27001, a business will need its ISMS to be certified as compliant. Having said certification allows the business to demonstrate its willingness to follow security protocols.

Scope of an ISMS and Compliance

ISO 27001 provides companies with a guideline and framework for building an ISMS. The ISMS acts as the focal point of security management and extends far beyond just the IT department.

The ISMS should, as a whole, include an analysis of potential security risks and threats, set in place tools and protocols to address the previous security risks, and create protocols to ensure the security of the company’s information and data.

Each company/organization will have an ISMS that is best suited to its needs. Some companies handle certain information that can require stricter controls within the ISMS. Furthermore, the ISMS can be chosen to apply to only specific geographic and business regions.

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Achieving Certification

Information security management system (ISMS)

A business can receive a certification proving its ISMS is compliant according to ISO 27001. Certification is achieved by having an accredited body manage a complex auditing process through three different phases.

The audit will analyze the ISMS scope, information security policy, results of risk assessments, security objectives, contracts with third party vendors, compliance with regional regulations, and more.

The auditors will assess the ISMS based on the company’s dealings, structure, nature, and use of data. As part of the auditing process, the ISMS will face a cursory review of its operation and policies, then a formal testing of the ISMS will occur in order to determine whether the security mechanisms and policies are appropriate and up to standard, and, finally, subsequent audits will be conducted to ensure the ISMS remains ISO 27001 compliant.

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