Why Should You Be ISO Certified?

In this new blog series, InfoTrust Consulting Practice Manager, Emad Shahidi, will be taking a look at the most well-known security standards, the benefits they can bring to businesses and how they differ from one another. In this first instalment, Emad takes a closer look at the ISO/IEC 27000 series.

The ISO/IEC 27000 series is a set of standards that act as a framework of best practises helping businesses improve their information security. The series helps organisations in countries worldwide to take a systematic approach to risk management by giving them measures to address the three main challenges of information security: people, processes, and technology.

There are more than 50 standards in ISO/IEC 27000 family, each covers a specific area of information security or a specific industry, starting with an introduction to the series, key terms, and definitions. These standards set out the information security requirements for protecting, detecting, managing, and learning from information security incidents. The aim: to reduce the impact of security incidents and continually improve information security controls. The standards combine to create a globally recognised framework, capable of helping organisations drive their business forward in a sustainable way.

Why Do We Need ISO Standards?

ISO standards help businesses operate securely, smoothly, and against an ever-changing cyber environment. As such, conforming to the ISO standards offers many business benefits including:

  • Recognition – the standards are widely accepted worldwide, giving certified businesses recognition on an international platform.
  • Credibility – ISO/IEC 27001 certification demonstrates that a business takes cyber threats seriously and can make the difference between winning and losing a tender.
  • Efficiency – by identifying and solving problems and improving information security processes, businesses can become more efficient and reduce costs.
  • Marketability – with ISO certification, companies can demonstrate to potential clients that they are committed to managing the risks of confidentiality and integrity.
  • Customer confidence – the reputational damage of a data breach is a considerable risk and can be mitigated with a commitment to best practice information security.
  • Compliance – while not required by law in all industries, the standards can help every business meet its data security compliance requirements.
     

Why Use ISO/IEC 27001 Standard?

As data breaches continue to be one of the most significant security risks modern businesses face, protecting sensitive data is paramount. Incidents occur daily, be it by cybercriminals breaching defences and hacking internal systems or employees accidentally deleting vital information. Whatever the cause, the financial and reputational damage can potentially be catastrophic.

Using an internationally recognised standard as a guiding framework for effective security is a vital starting point towards minimising the risk of data breaches and internal data security threats. The ISO/IEC 27001 family of standards are applicable to businesses of all sizes, in all sectors, covering a broad area of security issues. The series focuses on helping businesses to implement effective and affordable solutions to protect their data. By using an ISO/IEC 27001 standard, companies can manage their data security in a recognised and approved way, helping them to meet customer requirements. And, with metrics-based performance goals central to the standards, businesses can better manage and control their processes, becoming more efficient as a result.

Find Out More About ISO Standards

By becoming ISO/IEC 27001 certified, your business can realise many benefits. You have an opportunity to prove your reliability and credibility, to build trust with your customers and to grow your business securely. At InfoTrust, we consult on ISO/IEC 27001 standards and are perfectly placed to guide you towards bolstering your cybersecurity. To find out more about the security consulting services we offer, download our datasheet.

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