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Cyber Security - ISO 27001 Certification

Overview

ISO 27001 is the international standard for information security management. It provides a framework for all organisations to establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain and continually improve an Information Security Management System (ISMS).

Most businesses have a number of different information security controls in place, however without an ISMS, these controls tend to be somewhat disorganised or disjointed and may only address certain aspects of information technology (IT) or cyber security.

“This leaves non-IT information assets such as paperwork and intellectual property less protected which can be a major issue!”

Business continuity planning and physical security may be managed completely independently too while Human Resources (HR) policies can make little reference to the importance of assigning key information security roles and responsibilities throughout the organisation.

Requirements

The mandatory document requirements for organisations to achieve ISO 27001 certification include:

  • Scope of the ISMS
  • Information Security Policy
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Treatment
  • Statement of Applicability
  • Risk Treatment Plan
  • Information Security Objectives
  • Risk Assessment and Treatment Report
  • Inventory of Assets
  • Acceptable Use of Assets
  • Incident Response Procedure
  • Statutory, Regulatory, and Contractual Requirements
  • Security Operating Procedures for IT Management
  • Definition of Security Roles and Responsibilities
  • Definition of Security Configurations
  • Secure System Engineering Principles

The Certification / Audit Process

Receiving and maintaining certification for your ISO 27001 ISMS is not a single event. It’s actually a series of connected, ongoing audits and reviews to ensure that your organisation remains compliant with the standard.

This is a three (3) step approach:

  1. Develop a set of policies, procedures and controls
  2. Conduct an internal audit; and
  3. Arrange an external audit

Step three (external audit) can only be conducted by an additional third-party auditor who is independent from the preparation stage to be certified for ISO 27001.

The British Standards Institution (BSI) were the world’s first Standards Body and founding member of ISO. BSI has been helping organizations across the globe improve and capture best practice since 1901 and have offices and auditors based in Australia to meet this essential requirement.

You’ll then enter a rolling 3-year cycle to maintain your ISO 27001 certification along with annual internal audits to ensure that you are actually doing what you say you are doing in your ISMS and that it remains compliant with the standard.

What Are the Benefits of Being ISO 27001 Compliant?

An ISMS ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data via a thorough risk management process and provides stakeholders with confidence that your risks are adequately managed. As we develop and refine your ISMS, our team will be putting in the work needed to identify threats, analyse their potential effects, and implement controls to minimize or eliminate them.

“With the ISO 27001 framework in place, your organisation will be built on industry best practices that will support your employees, customers, and third-party suppliers.”

You can build a structured business with defined information security management policies & procedures, monitor risk more effectively, explain the impact of potential threats, increase customer trust, and place your business in a position for long-term growth and success.

On the other hand, the consequences of not being certified include:

  • Increase your risk of a successful data breach leading to financial, reputational and legal issues
  • Failure of your network, systems, and apps / interruptions to business operations
  • Loss of contracts and / or clients who value the ISO 27001 standard

Compliance to the internationally recognised standard proves to all stakeholders (both internal and external) of your organisation’s ability to meet your own information security requirements.

Training Courses

In addition to our extensive suite of cyber security consulting services, Auswide Communications also provide several specialist courses to assist organisations with obtaining and / or maintaining their ISO 27001 certification including:

  • Certified ISO/IEC 27001:2022 – Foundation

2-DAY TRAINING COURSE

  • Certified ISO/IEC 27001:2022 – Lead Implementer

5-DAY TRAINING COURSE

  • Certified ISO/IEC 27001:2022 – Lead Auditor

5-DAY TRAINING COURSE