ISO 27001 Compliance​

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What is ISO 27001?​

ISO 27001While 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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Security Compliance Types

ISO27001

ISO27001 is an international standard for information security, published by the International Organization for Standardization. Organizations that meet ISO27001 criteria can be certified against the standard to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to data protection and information security.

SOC2

SOC2 was developed by the AICPA for managing customer data based on “trust service principles”. SOC2 is primarily used for companies operating within the United States.

DFARS/CMMC

CMMC is a standard for organizations in the United States which work with the Department of Defense (DoD). The CMMC covers the cybersecurity controls for Confidential Unclassified Information (CUI).

NIST 800-53

In order to prevent mass variance, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – a non-regulatory part of the Department of Commerce – constructed a set of standards for all federal agencies to follow: the NIST Special Publication 800-53.

HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a US law enacted in1996 which governs the data protection and privacy of health records.

GDPR

The European General Data Protection Regulation is a data protection and privacy regulation for EU citizens. Any company operating within the EU borders must conform to this regulation.

CCPA

The California Consumer Protection Act is a California data protection and privacy law for residents of California. Most companies which hold information on California residents are subject to this regulation.

CIS 20

The CIS 20 is a list of 20 actions and practices an organization’s security team can take on such that cyberattacks, or threats, are minimized and prevented.

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