ISO/IEC 27001:2013 (ISO 27001) is the international standard that describes best practice for an information security management system (ISMS). Accredited certification to ISO 27001 demonstrates that an organisation is following international information security best practices.
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What is an information security management system (ISMS)?
An information security management system (ISMS) is “a systematic approach for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving an organisation’s information security to achieve business objectives” (ISO/IEC 27000:2014).
It encompasses people, processes and technology, recognising that information security is not just about antivirus software, implementing the latest firewall or locking down your laptops or web servers. Technology alone is simply too weak to defend against the evolving nature of information security threats.
The overall approach to information security should be strategic as well as operational, and different security initiatives should be prioritised, integrated and cross-referenced to ensure overall effectiveness.
An ISO 27001-aligned ISMS helps you coordinate all your security efforts (both electronic and physical) coherently, consistently and cost-effectively
ISO 27001, alongside its companion code of practice, ISO27002, sets out the technical specifications of an information security management system (ISMS). The newest version of the Standard is ISO/IEC 27001:2013, which supersedes ISO/IEC 27001:2005.
Implementing ISO 27001
An ISMS is specific to the organisation that implements it so no two ISO 27001 projects are the same. Find out more about the different steps of an ISO 27001-aligned ISMS implementation project.
Download a free ISO 27001 green paper
We have published several authoritative green papers on ISO 27001. Click on the link belows and download them for free today:
- Information Security & ISO 27001: An introduction
- ISMS Measurement: Keep It Short And Simple
- Implementing an ISMS – A really Quick Introduction
- Reduce your cyber risk with ISO 27001
ISO 27001 and the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme
The Cyber Essentials scheme is a key deliverable of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy/Cyber Programme, and was released on 7 April 2014. It aims to provide reassurances about cyber risk management to UK-based organisations, clients and partners, and to ensure that risk management practices have been independently tested and verified, where relevant.
The scheme provides a set of controls, based on ISO 27001, that organisations can implement to achieve a basic level of cyber security. Organisations can attain certification to two levels: Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. Certified compliance with the scheme will be required in certain government procurement contracts.
ISO 27001 – a framework for compliance
ISO 27001 can help organisations create a framework for compliance with many regulatory standards, including:
- The Telecommunications Regulations Act 1998
- The Data Protection Act 1998
- The Computer Misuse Act 1990
- The Human Rights Act 1998
- The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
- The Copyright, Designs and Patent Act 1998
- The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (public sector).