As the internationally-recognised Standard for information security management, ISO 27001 should be a serious consideration for organisations of any size and in any sector. Looking at everything concerning security threats and vulnerabilities, a robust external assessment from a trusted certification body can completely transform the way your organisation manages the information it holds.
Among the many reasons why you should adopt the Standard in your organisation, here are just five.
- Improve the culture of security
Most organisations have some kind of policy, or a range of policies, in place to ensure confidential information is kept secure but ISO 27001 brings everything together into one comprehensive management system. It helps ensure every member of staff demonstrates behaviours that are aligned to the agreed system and embed safe working practices into their daily routine.
- Meet legal obligations
You may have concerns that your organisation does not comply with the latest legislative requirements. ISO 27001 will help you meet your obligations against GDPR and give you reassurance that you’ve got everything covered. Auditors working with the framework will help you identify gaps and areas in need of future development.
- Manage exposure to risk
No organisation is impervious to accidental or malicious data breaches, the results of which can be catastrophic. Implementing ISO 27001 is the most effective way of reducing your risk profile and the potential financial and reputational loss that can arise from mismanaged or incomplete information security systems. While there will always be a danger that hacker can find a creative way of getting into your system, ISO 27001 will help you mitigate the damage and further strengthen your system.
- Increase customer satisfaction
Customers are increasingly considered about the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of sharing their data. Holding ISO 27001, and sharing evidence of your certification, will reassure your customers that you take their concerns seriously. The efficiency and transparency that certification brings will give confidence to all your internal and external stakeholders that you are an organisation to be trusted.
- Win more business
Getting a return on your investment into ISO 27001 can be simple. Some of your suppliers and other partners may require you to have an information security management system in place and holding the Standard is often a requirement for the submission of bids. In addition, holding ISO 27001 can give you an advantage over your competitors, helping you standout in your market and achieve your growth ambitions.
With real, demonstrable benefits, a 20% global annual growth in certified organisations and an ever-present threat of breach, can you afford not to implement ISO 27001?