ISO 27001 Certification
ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management System
ISO 27001 Certification demonstrates a company has adopted the internationally recognised Information Security Management standard (ISMS). ISO 27001 is designed to give your organisation a framework that protects your information assets, customers, and ensures business continuity in a landscape filled with information security threats.
ISO IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Management standard (ISMS), when implemented, is a strategic activity that preserves the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information by applying risk management processes to adequately manage threats. The broad scope of the ISMS ensures that all aspects of your information technology operations are taken into consideration in your certification audits to address information security risks- big and small.
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What is the ISO 27001 Certification Process?
How Do You Get Certified To ISO 27001?
Why Is ISO IEC 27001:2013 Important?
As we move further into the 21st century, the importance of data protection is becoming increasingly clear to organisations. Ensuring that your organisation has a robust set of security standards and information security controls means that you’re meeting supplier, customer and regulatory expectations for data protection, and you can inspire confidence from key stakeholders in your ability to mitigate information security risks.
In the process of implementing your information security management system, you’ll be asked to identify information security risks with a series of risk assessments to identify areas you can improve to consolidate your data protection measures. Our certification audits are designed to confirm the efficacy of these measures to protect your information assets, and assure that your organisation meets the best practices of information security controls.
The ISO 27001 standard is the most recognized information security standard in the world. It is applicable to organizations of all sizes and industries, regardless of the products and services it offers. It is part of ISO’s international management system standards and can be applied in tandem with any other ISO management system standards that you might have already implemented.
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What Are The Benefits Of Being ISO 27001 Certified?
There are a number of benefits when it comes to implementing the best practices of information security, conducting risk assessments and meeting the requirements of ISO 27001’s information security controls.
First and foremost, you’ll inspire confidence in your key stakeholders when you can provide evidence of the organization’s commitment to improving the quality of data protection. This can be invaluable in the digital landscape, due to the fact that hackers are increasingly turning to small and medium-sized businesses as an attack vector for their campaigns.
In the modern context, organizations are hosting vast amounts of data, and they have an obligation to keep it secure; certification to ISO IEC 27001 is one of the most effective ways of meeting this obligation. The sad reality is that a single threat launched by hackers against your organization could undo years of hard work, erode your customer’s confidence in your brand and trash your reputation as a ‘safe’ organization to do business with.
How Will ISO 27001 Certification Help My Business?
Information security standards like ISO 27001 and ISO IEC 27002 have been proven to reduce your exposure to information security risks, and displays to your stakeholders that following your certification audits, the organization is committed to improving its set of information security controls. While you can’t prevent the next cyber attack against your operations, due to the scope of the ISMS and ISO 27001’s range of security controls and comprehensive risk assessments, you can give your organization the best chance there is in preventing an information security threat. This risked-based thinking approach to information security threats in your operations means that you’ll be better equipped to protect your information assets and inspire stakeholder confidence in your ability to display data protection methods in your certification audits.
✔ Improvements to the organisation’s data protection measures
✔ Addresses the management of information security within your supply chain
✔ Protection from a range of online threats with industry-leading data protection and threat mitigation strategies
✔ Compliance with a class-leading international standard for Information Security
✔ Increased reliability and security of systems and information
✔ Optimised internal information security controls
✔ Alignment with customer requirements for data protection
✔ Mitigation of digital threats following ISO 27001 risk assessments
✔ Improved processes and strategies
✔ A risk-based thinking approach to your organisation’s information security controls
✔ Wide range of improvements to the organisation due to the scope of the ISMS
✔ Business continuity in the face of a dynamic threat-filled digital environment
What Does It Mean To Be ISO 27001 Certified?
When you are certified to ISO/IEC 27001, you are able to show interested parties, stakeholders and customers that you have met the requirements set out in the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 standard. The process of accredited certification to a system like ISO/IEC 27001 shows to stakeholders that the organisation is committed to improving the security protecting its information assets and combating information security risks, in-line with one of the definitive international management system standards.
ISO 27001 gives confidence to key stakeholders that your organization adequately manages risks, helps to ensure business continuity, maintains the integrity and confidentiality of customer data, and provides a roadmap for the future to combat the threat of information security risks. The organisation as a whole benefits from the risk-based thinking approach to strategic decision making, that ensures that whatever move you make, it is in-line with customer demands for data protection and a robust set of information security controls to protect their data.
Why Is ISO 27001 Required?
ISO 27001 is required to show customers, suppliers and stakeholders that you are able to keep information and data safe and secure. Business systems, along with critical infrastructure, entertainment and access to our finances have now moved online, and with that shift, so too has the attention of threat actors.
Depending on your industry, certification to a system like ISO 27001 might actually be a legal requirement, which is a trend that we’ve seen increasing as the true value of data protection and the lessons learned from regular risk assessments are recognised as invaluable means of protecting the organisation and its customers. These certification audits ensure that your organisation meets the international standard for information security, which, considering that the scope of the ISMS is designed to be applied across the whole organisation, can provide you with a set of information security controls that are tailored to your operations. To be eligible for certain large-scale projects and government tenders, more often than not, it will be a requirement that your organisation is subject to a certification audit to ISO/IEC 27001 to ensure that your organisation meets the international standard for data protection while simultaneously addressing information security risks.
For all other organisations, it’s imperative that you keep the demands of regulators and your customers central to your decision making and strategy moving forward. Being certified to an information security management system like ISO/IEC 27001:2013 ensures that you’re meeting industry standards for information security, deploying regular risk assessments to tackle problematic areas and you’re deploying all relevant information security controls to protect the organisation and its customers, suppliers and other relevant stakeholders.
To become certified to ISO 27001:2013, companies need to undergo evaluation against the standard from an accredited certification body. During these certification audits, we will ask you to display evidence of the findings of your risk assessments, your implementation of a range of information security controls, and how the scope of the ISMS has been applied in your organisation.
ISO 27001:2013 evaluates how well a company can manage its information security, protect the data of its customers, address information security risks with risk assessments, and acts to certify that your organisation is committed to meeting the highest security standards with the backing of an international standard- and the seal of approval of an accredited certification body like Best Practice.
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Frequently Asked Questions
ISO IEC 27001:2013 is an internationally recognized Information Security Management System (ISMS) standard.
ISO 27001 is the framework for the requirements to manage your organization’s information security risks. ISO IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Management standard, when implemented, is a strategic activity that preserves the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information by applying risk management processes to adequately manage threats.
It is the most recognized information security standard in the world. It is applicable to organizations of all sizes and industries, regardless of the products and services it offers.
We are JAS-ANZ accredited to provide certification to this standard.
Your system has to meet the minimum requirements before you can be certified. Here, we outline the steps to creating your management system for certification.
- Understand the intent of ISO 27001. Read through the standard and familiarise yourself with the terminology.
- Understand the requirements set out in ISO 27001. Develop your management system according to the standard.
- Perform a gap analysis to identify how ready you are to become certified. This will highlight any areas that need further development. Have a look at our ISO 27001 PDF Gap Analysis Checklist here.
- Undergo the process of Certification. We will need to evaluate your organization to ensure you are compliant to ISO 27001:2013 with a Best Practice Assessment. Find more information on the process here.
The certification process has four steps.
- Gap Analysis (optional): The process begins with an optional gap analysis to evaluate your management system against each clause of ISO IEC 27001:2013.
- Stage One: The mandatory first step is a desktop assessment to evaluate your management system documentation, including policies, processes, management review records, scope and context as well as system implementation. It sets the foundation for the stage two assessment.
- Stage Two: Stage two assessment is the final step of the initial certification process. To achieve certification against your systems, we need to verify that the documented requirements of the standard are implemented across the business. We visit your offices and premises as well as partake in discussions with relevant people in your business.
- Certification: Once your stage two assessment is verified and the process is complete, a ‘Statement of Certification’ is issued, confirming compliance with the relevant standard. This certification is valid for a three-year period from the date of issue. Surveillance assessments will need to be performed on a regular basis to maintain your certification.
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ISO IEC 27001:2013 is the latest version of ISO 27001, replacing ISO/IEC 27001:2005. The standard was updated in 2013 to meet the requirements of today’s rapidly growing information security risks. It provides a framework to preserve the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information by applying risk management processes.
It is an emerging standard, as information risks and threats become more prevalent.
ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is the most internationally recognized Information Security Management System (ISMS). It is an international standard and is the same standard as ISO/IEC AS/NZS 27001:2015. The difference is only the time at which the standard was released in Australia, compared to the rest of the world.ISO 27001 belongs to the ISO 27000 ‘family’ of standards for quality, known as the ‘ISMS Family of Standards’.
Information Security Management Standards provide the frameworks to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the organization’s information.
The most important internal document in your Information Security Management System (ISMS) is your Information Security Policy. This document should showcase a framework that will be applied when establishing, implementing, maintaining and ensuring the continual improvement of your ISMS. Furthermore, your framework should contain appropriate references and information to support your documentation on the following:
- Information Security Objectives
- Leadership & Commitment
- Roles, Responsibilities & Authorities
- Your Strategy For Assessing & Treating Risk
- Management of Documented Information
- Internal Audit
- Management Review
- Remedial Action And Continual Improvement
- Policy Violations
In addition to the above, you’ll also be required to establish supplemental policies and procedures. These policies and procedures will support the requirements listed in ISO 27001 for your ISMS and the Annex A controls (an archive of security controls).
An internal audit is undertaken before welcoming an ISO external auditor. During an internal audit, your organisation’s ISMS will be examined to ensure its effective operation and alignment with the ISO 27001 standard. You’ll be asked to self-verify your conformance with the requirements from Annex A of ISO 27001 to be deemed applicable in the ISMS’s documented Statement of Applicability.
The purpose of your internal audit is to identify any gaps or deficiencies that could impact your organisation’s ISMS and its fulfilment of intended objectives. Furthermore, to complete your organisation’s initial or annual ISO 27001 certification audit and maintain its certification.
The internal audit function is a requirement under the ISO 27001 standard. The internal audit can be conducted by your employees or by an independent third party, such as a consulting firm.
You may find this challenging to implement and meet each of the requirements outlined in the standard due to:
- Being a smaller organisation
- The prescriptive nature outlined in the standard.
- The need for allocated resources that are independent of the development and maintenance of the ISMS
- The fulfilment of the outlined competencies to perform the internal audit function.
The internal audit can be conducted by your employees or by an independent third party, such as a consulting firm. Either way, your organisation must:
- Ensure that the auditor is objective and impartial. Your auditor must not have implemented, operated or monitored any of the controls under audit.
- Ensure that the auditor is competent and qualified with the auditing processes, procedures and the ISO 27001 standard.
Your internal audit results and nonconformities should be shared with your organisation’s ISMS governing body and upper management to ensure proper communication and promptly address issues.
The external ISO certification process is conducted in two stages:
The first stage of your audit involves an extensive documentation review. This review is led by an external ISO 27001 auditor, whereby they review your policies and procedures and ensure it meets the requirements of the ISO standard and your organisation’s ISMS.
Once completed, the auditor will provide feedback and, if satisfied, the permission to move on to Stage Two. However, if your ISMS does not meet the requirements of the ISO 27001 standard, your auditor should provide areas of concern and improvement. From here, you must demonstrate your correction before moving on to Stage Two.
The Stage Two audit can be known as the Main or Certification audit. This stage in the ISO Certification audit process involves the auditor undertaking tests to ensure that your ISMS is well designed and functional. Your auditor will assess the fairness and appropriateness of your controls and their implementation and operation in line with the ISO standard requirements.
Upper management is primarily responsible for the success of the organisation’s ISMS. Upper management is encouraged to be involved in the process and lead management reviews.
Management reviews are encouraged to be well-organised and undertaken often enough, so the ISMS continues to operate effectively and achieves the organisation’s objectives. According to the ISO 27001 standard, reviews should have planned intervals, usually at least once per year and within the external audit period. However, as our information security threat and legal and regulatory landscape rapidly change, it is recommended that the ISMS governing body plans meetings more frequently. For example, quarterly, to encourage communication between stakeholders and for adjustments to be actioned.
The Purpose Of The Management Review
The purpose of the management review is to ensure the organisation’s ISMS effectiveness and that its objectives remain relevant to the organisation’s purpose, issues, and risks around its information assets. Furthermore, the management review sets the tone and expectations for the organisation’s effective information security practices.
Your organisation can use Annex A, or ISO/IEC 27002:2013, of the ISO 27001 standard to improve the security of its information assets. Annex A or ISO/IEC 27002:2013 involves a list of security controls. ISO 27001 contains 114 controls divided into 14 sections/domains. These sections focus on organisational issues, human resources, IT, physical security, and legal issues. Your organisation does not need to implement the full list of ISO 27001 controls, only the ones that are relevant to its needs.
The 14 sections are:
- Information security policies (A.5)
- Organisation of information security and assignment of responsibility (A.6)
- Human resources security (A.7)
- Asset management (A.8)
- User access control (A.9)
- Encryption and management of sensitive information (A.10)
- Physical and environmental security (A.11)
- Operational security (A.12)
- Communications security (A.13)
- System acquisition, development, and maintenance (A.14)
- Supplier relationships (A.15)
- Information security incident management (A.16)
- Information security aspects of business continuity management (A.17)
- Compliance (A.18)
The list of documents and records required for ISO 27001 include:
- Scope of the ISMS (Clause 4.3)
- ISMS Information Security Policy and Objectives (Clauses 5.2 and 6.2)
- Risk Assessment and Risk Treatment Methodology (Clause 6.1.2)
- Statement of Applicability (Clause 6.1.3d)
- Risk Assessment Results and Report (Clauses 8.2 and 8.3)
- Risk Treatment Plan and Results (Clauses 6.1.3e, 6.2, and 8.3)
- Competence Evidence (Performance Reviews, Training Records, etc.) (Clause 7.2d)
- Operational Planning and Control (Clause 8.1)
- Monitoring and Measurement Metrics (KPIs) and Results (Clause 9.1)
- Internal Audit Program evidence to include Internal Audit Report and Results (Clause 9.2g)
- Evidence of Management Reviews (Meeting Notes, Schedules, Presentations etc.) (Clause 9.3)
- Identified Nonconformities and Evidence of Remediation Actions Taken (Clause 10.1.f)
- Corrective Action Plan for Identified Nonconformities (Clause 10.1.g)
- Definition of Security Roles and Responsibilities (Clauses A.7.1.2 and A.13.2.4)
- Management and Inventory of Assets (Clause A.8.1.1)
- Acceptable Use of Assets (Clause A.8.1.3)
- Access Control Policy (Clause A.9.1.1)
- Operating Procedures for IT Management (Clause A.12.1.1)
- System Logs of User Activities, Exceptions, and Security Events (Clauses A.12.4.1 and A.12.4.3)
- Secure System Engineering and Development Principles (Clause A.14.2.5)
- Supplier and Vendor Security Policy (Clause A.15.1.1)
- Incident Response and Management Procedure (Clause A.16.1.5)
- Business Continuity Procedures (Clause A.17.1.2)
- Statutory, Regulatory, and Contractual Requirements (Clause A.18.1.1)
Non-compulsory documents that can be used to implement the ISO standard and address the security controls of Annex A include:
- Procedure for Document Control (Clause 7.5)
- Controls for Managing Records (Clause 7.5)
- Procedure for Internal Audit (Clause 9.2)
- Procedure for Corrective Action (Clause 10.1)
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy (Clause A.6.2.1)
- Mobile Device and Teleworking Policy (Clause A.6.2.1)
- Information and Data Classification and Handling Policy (Clauses A.8.2.1, A.8.2.2, and A.8.2.3)
- Password Policy (Clauses A.9.2.1, A.9.2.2, A.9.2.4, A.9.3.1, and A.9.4.3)
- Disposal and Destruction Policy (Clauses A.8.3.2 and A.11.2.7)
- Physical Security Policy and Procedures for Working in Secure Areas (Clause A.11.1.5)
- Clear Desk and Clear Screen Policy (Clause A.11.2.9)
- Change Management Policy and Procedures (Clauses A.12.1.2 and A.14.2.4)
- Backup Policy (Clause A.12.3.1)
- Information Transfer Policy (Clauses A.13.2.1, A.13.2.2, and A.13.2.3)
- Business Impact Analysis (Clause A.17.1.1)
- Exercising and Testing Plan (Clause A.17.1.3)
- Maintenance and Review Plan (Clause A.17.1.3)
- Business Continuity Strategy (Clause A.17.2.1)
Please note, whilst these are non-compulsory documents, auditors will often look for these documents to assure the organisation’s ISMS is defined, established and effective at managing risks.
Nonconformity is defined as the incompleteness of a requirement of the ISO standard. You risk nonconformity if there are requirements of the ISO standard not addressed, if your documentation has outlined an unfulfilled process, and if your organisation is not upholding its contractual requirements with third parties.
If you are not conforming to a requirement of the ISO standard, your auditor will provide evidence of the issue, reference by clause the requirement that has not been addressed well and identify what must be done to meet the requirement.
Your major and minor nonconformities could be recorded in the process of your certification audit. If a major nonconformity is present, a company cannot get certified.
Such nonconformities could include:
- Failure to complete a particular requirement of the standard
- Missing compulsory documentation
- Breakdown of a process or procedure
- The accumulation of minor nonconformities concerning one process or element of your management system illuminates a more significant problem.
- Misuse of a certification mark and misleading customers
- Unresolved minor nonconformities within the period allotted to their resolution
Once you are ISO 27001 certified, your certification expires three years after your certification has been approved. To continue to be ISO 27001 certified you will need regular audits to maintain your certification and keep it valid, known as surveillance audits.
This is only applicable to IAF (International Accreditation Forum) certifications.
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