The two key reasons for the growing interest in certification to ISO27001 are the proliferation of threats to information (‘cyber threats’) and the growing range of regulatory and statutory requirements that relate to information protection.
Information Security Threats
Information security threats are global in nature, and indiscriminately target every organisation and individual who owns or uses (primarily) electronic information. These threats are automated and loose on the Internet. Data is also exposed to many other dangers, such as acts of nature, external attack, and internal corruption and theft.
Background in data security and legislation
The last twenty years have seen the emergence of a growing body of legislation and regulation around information and data security. Some such regulations focus upon the protection of individual data, while others aim at corporate financial, operational and risk management systems.
Certification or Compliance
A formal information security management system that provides guidance for the deployment of best practice is increasingly seen as a necessity in terms of compliance, and certification is increasingly required of organisations (and governments) before they will be engaged in any significant commercial transactions.
Benefits of having ISO27001
- Increased reliability and security of systems and information
- Improved customer and business partner confidence
- Increased business resilience
- Alignment with customer requirements
- Improved management processes and integration with corporate risk strategies