Protect data better with ISO/IEC 27001:2013- Here’s how

Protect data better with ISO/IEC 27001:2013- Here’s how

Protect data better with ISO/IEC 27001:2013- Here’s how

Data breaches are all too common. Companies have either collapsed or faced lawsuits because unscrupulous characters gained access to their data management systems. Now more than ever, it’s essential that you shield your organizations from such. 

The International organization for standards created the 27001 Standard through the Information Management Security System, ISMS. Its objective involves helping organizations manage their data better. 

The history of 27001

This standard was established in 2005 and later reviewed in 2013 to accommodate technological advances like cloud computing. It’s based on the British standard, 7799, which was published in 1995, and later revised into standard ISO/IEC 17799.

The second part of the British standard 7799 deals with information security management systems and is now known as ISO/IEC 27001.

What does this standard require?

This standard requires companies to:

  • Carry out periodic risk analysis whenever there is a proposed change. For the risk analysis to be effective, there is a need for the creation of a risk assessment criteria and how risks are measured.
  • Risks should also be laid out based on their levels of importance and potential outcome.
  • Have a management team that is committed to the implementation of ISMS, dedicating and availing enough resources to train its employees effectively to make the system more efficient. 

They must also ensure that resources for system maintenance are available and responsible personnel are rotated in a way that the system continuously runs.

  • Develop clear security goals and processes that need to be established to achieve these goals. The functions must be measurable.
  • Document all information properly with definition, identification and format. This information should always be up to date.
  • Develop a way that ensures that all processes are tracked against their performance
  • Continuously improve the system once functionality is proven. Improvement can be guaranteed by carrying out internal audits and seeking to correct non-conformities in ingenious ways.

Advantages of being ISO/IEC 27001 certified.

Being ISO 27001 comes with a host of benefits for your organization. Key among them are:

  • A more competitive advantage in the market that comes along with any ISO certification.
  • Mitigate and protect the risks that are associated with data breaches
  • Improved credibility in the eyes of your clients
  • Since the information is always optimized, your company will be able to adapt to any changes easily.
  • A seamless, more organized way in how data is treated, making it easier for your company to make evidence-based decisions. 

How does your company get certified?

Certification in an ISMS system usually requires the help of a consultant versed in information security systems. The requirements include:

  • Scope of the Information Security Management System.
  • Security Management and a policy that details how risks are treated.
  • Competent personnel and proof that they are qualified.
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and operational planning
  • Documents that clearly outline:
    • The policy on confidentiality
    • Relevant laws
    • Procedures related to information management
    • Documented procedures on how risks are treated.
    • Results of internal audits done.
    • Absence of non-conformities noted in internal audits.

After meeting these requirements, the company can now start the two-phase audit required for certification. Phase one is the documentation phase and phase two, the certification audit.

Finally

With the help of ISO/IEC 27001, your company should be able to deal with the ever-changing world of information. Stay up to date with key revisions.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.