ISO 27001 (ISMS)

ISO 27001 Certification: Securing Better Business

The rapid growth in cyber attacks is changing market expectations. Shareholders, customers, and partners expect a higher level of security than ever before to protect their businesses and information. Companies have traditionally invested in a range of security controls and technologies to protect themselves, but with no real end to end strategy, and little returns. Without tangible returns for the business, many CISOs, CIOs, and Security Officers see their security funds reduced to bare OpEx minimums.

ISO 27001:2013 allows companies to use world class risk management standards to strategise and coordinate their security investments whilst getting marketable recognition for it. Many businesses, including government departments, now insist that their suppliers and contractors demonstrate a secure environment as a mandatory requirement for doing business.

ISO 27001: A Flexible Governance Framework

The ISO 27001:2013 information security standard specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving a documented ISMS to manage information security efficiently and effectively. An ISMS allows organisations to focus security efforts (and associated investments) to the areas of the organisation most at risk. The standard specifies requirements for the assessment of information security risks and for the selection, implementation and on-going improvement of security controls.

ISO 27001’s purpose is to help you build a risk based governance system. ISO 27001 encompasses security controls (such as strong passwords, access cards, encryption, etc), but does not mandate which controls you should or should not implement as these will be dependent on the security risks you identify. ISO 27001 (ISMS) is what brings security investments together and what makes the link between IT security and businesses. IT is a governance tool to give visibility and accountable control to executives.

Independent ISO 27001 Experts

Over the years, ISO 27001 has evolved from a control tick list to an intent-based governance standard. This has made it more difficult for organisations to know exactly what to implement to achieve certification as with more flexibility that the ISO 27001 allows, the less one-size-fit-all guidance is relevant. With significant experience in designing, establishing and maintaining ISMS certified to ISO 27001, we can help you design an ISMS which meets your business, organisational structure, culture and time-frames.

Sekuro is the leading ISO 27001 consultancy having implemented certified Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) of all scope sizes, in all regions (US, EMEA, APAC) and multiple industries. More importantly, Sekuro is one of the rare consultancies to remain independent, meaning we do not have incentive to (and do not) sell our clients any vendor products or tools when implementing an ISO 27001-certified ISMS.

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ISMS stands for “Information Security Management System” which is the title of the ISO 27001 standard. ISO 27001 is made of a set of clauses to provide guidance on the creation or a best practice ISMS system to manage security risks and drive improvements in a company’s security posture.

In annexure A of ISO 27001 a list of common security controls (Security Policy framework, HR security, physical security, network security, etc.) are listed and used to effectively assess all aspects of an organisation.

Security Officers commonly mistake annexure controls with the ISO 27001 standard clauses, thus thinking that certification is near impossible for their companies. The ISO 27001 certification recognises the ability for an organisation to manage their security risks and certification is not dependent on all annexure controls being implemented and matured.

Given our experience, ISMSs are an invaluable tool to secure a repeatable flow of risk-based security investment from the business. Since ISO 27001 requires security risks to be formally owned by business/ executives the sole accountability for security is moved out of the IT department and shared with businesses.

Privasec has a very hands on approach and will build the entire ISMS for you. Limited but regular input will however be required from the management team. The risk assessment process is a one-time impact on operational staff and requires between 30-120 minutes of their time depending on their specific role.

SAI Global, BSI or Loyds are certification bodies. They conduct the final certification audits, therefore cannot consult and help you with the establishment of your ISMS.

Sekuro is not a certification body and therefore cannot certify organisations or businesses. Your Sekuro consultant will however act on your behalf at the audit and guide the primary auditee during the certification audit.

Privasec is an independent firm, not a technology integrator and does not partner with any vendors. Privasec does not mitigate risk on behalf of clients. Our aim is to assist our clients through the remediation process and advise on suitable options and technologies where required. We may be able, at the request of clients, to carry out work if it falls within our service offering.

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