What is the Purpose of ISO 27001?
Whenever you store your information online, there is always the issue of security. How do you ensure your data is safe from attacks by cybercriminals?
The ISO standard helps organizations protect their information cost-effectively by developing a set of policies and guidelines. Additionally, companies also get an internationally recognized certificate that they can use to build a reputation, as well as increase business opportunities.
It’s such a game changer that some countries have gone to the lengths of requiring some industries to implement it. Laws will differ with each country, so it's always advisable to check with your region’s regulations beforehand.
Both businesses and individuals can get ISO 27001 certified. Certification for companies is easy. All the business needs to do is to maintain an ISMS that covers all aspects of the standard, then invite an accredited certification body to perform the certification audit.
For individual certification, one can enroll for training, where you have to show you have acquired the skills necessary by passing the exam. Once issued, the certificate lasts for three years during which the certification body will be regularly performing surveillance audits to evaluate implementation.
As you can see, receiving an ISO certification isn’t as easy as filling out a checklist and submitting it for approval. It requires hard work and collaboration from both internal and external stakeholders.
Failure to comply with the policies and procedures outlined in the standard risks failing a future audit, and potentially losing your certification. In some regions, you might not even be allowed to operate without certification.