A Beginners Guide to ISO/IEC 27001:2013

What is ISO 27001?

ISO/IEC 27001 is an information security management standard that helps organisations structure their policies, procedures, and staff training in relation to managing information security-related risks.

The International Organisation for Standardisation and the International Electrotechnical Commission jointly published in 2005 and revised in 2013, you may see the standard referred to as ISO/IEC 27001:2013.

The standard safeguards an organisation’s data assets from theft or unauthorised access, saving money and preventing downtime. It also demonstrates a commitment to information security management.

How Much Will it Cost Me?

Cost is often an extremely important aspect that is considered when organisations decide on whether they want to implement ISO 27001.

Unfortunately, one size does not fit all and due to businesses of varying sizes, industries, risks, and scope, it is not possible to give a cost without this information.

We have however put together a list of factors that will be considered prior to put your quote together so you can better understand what the break-down of the cost will be:

  • Company size (employees, scope, locations)
  • The extent of the existing Information Security Management System (ISMS), if applicable.
  • Industry or sector in which the business operates
  • The organisation’s operational structure

Here at Candy Management Consultants, we are always transparent with our pricing, with no hidden costs or fees. Our day rate is fixed, and a price will be agreed upfront to ensure you are satisfied. In addition to this, you are only charged for the days you do use. For example, if you are quoted that your project will take 5 days, and it takes 4 days, you will only be charged for 4 days. We are proud that as a result of our transparency and expert consultants’ approach, our customer satisfaction rate remains 100%.

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Benefits of ISO 27001

The most apparent benefit is that ISO 27001 ensures your information assets are secure, reducing the likelihood of cyber-attacks and data breaches. However, should a cybercriminal make an attack, your downtime is likely to be significantly reduced as a result of the information security management standard.

There are many other benefits of implementing ISO 27001 such as:

  • Attract new business and employees – by obtaining ISO 27001, you are showing that you are a reputable and trustworthy organisation.
  • Reduces the risk of a cyber-attack – it’s not always possible to completely stop hackers from attempting to gain unauthorised access to your organisation’s information. However, ISO 27001 can prevent attacks from succeeding.
  • Prevents downtime – ISO 27001 contributes to efficiency and efficiency is crucial when running an organisation. A proactive data security policy will help prevent downtime in moments of crisis or disaster.

The Process of Gaining ISO 27001 Certification

Here at Candy Management Consultants, we believe that your journey to becoming ISO 27001 certified should be as smooth as possible. Here’s what to expect:

Step 1 – Gap Analysis: One of our expert consultants will conduct a gap analysis which looks at your current procedures and determines the level of conformance you already have. The gap analysis is an integral part of becoming certified as it will specify what changes (if any) will need to be implemented in order to meet the requirements of your chosen ISO standard.

Step 2 – Building the System: The next step is to build your new management system around your organisation’s requirements and its day-to-day activities. Our consultants ensure there is as minimum disruption as possible during this stage to ensure normal business continuity. Your allocated consultant will work closely with upper management to ensure the new procedures are put in place and meeting the requirements of the standard.

Step 3 – Implementing of the System: Your consultant will train your employees on the new management system and how to maintain it. All staff members will be able to understand the system so that when your auditor visits, they can be confident in answering any questions they may have. At this stage, we will help you prepare for your third-party certification and confirm with you that you are ready to be put forward for it. The next stage will involve your third-party external assessment with an auditor from a certification body.

Support with ISO 27001

Are you in need of support when it comes to information security management?

Candy Management Consultants have a team of expert ISO 27001 consultants ready to implement a bespoke information security management system for your organisation. We are proud to have an 100% success rate to date and serve clients nationwide.

If you want to protect your company’s information assets, implement ISO 27001 into your company and receive the benefits.

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