Getting ISO certified is a great way of showing that your business complies with international standards, is aiming towards a continual improvement of its processes and it’s reliable. For customers and business partners alike, knowing that you are serious about providing high-quality products and services will mean a lot more trust and willingness to work with you and recommend you to others.
ISO is an agency that developed widely-known sets of standards for industries all over the world, and its work has helped achieve easier collaborations between companies, higher quality services, and products for the customers, and a better-organized business world as a whole.
We look at one of the most popular ISO certifications today, and how to implement ISO 27000 family. It focuses on information security and risk assessment, which are highly important nowadays when most companies collect and manage sensitive information.
What Is ISO 27001?
The ISO 27001 is the leading international standard referring to information security and cyber risk management, and it’s developed by ISO in collaboration with another leading organisation, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The certification itself is given by a certification body that performs an external audit.
Through the ISO 27001 standard implementation, companies develop a standardized and efficient Information Security Management System (ISMS) that ensures its employees, customers, and business partners that their data is handled properly and risks of cyber-attacks are known and minimised.
What Factors Will Influence Your Certification Process?
In order to know what to expect from your own certification process, it’s important to be aware of the main influencing factors. It’s impossible to predict a certain amount of time that is generally applicable since each case is different.
- The Size of Your Organisation
In most cases, the size of your organisation will directly influence how fast you will achieve ISO 27001 certification. Depending on how data is used by your company and how wide is the scope of your ISMS, you will need to implement it company-wide or only in the few areas that can be affected by data breaches.
- The Maturity of Your Business
The beauty of ISO standards is that you, as an organisation, will benefit directly from implementing them. They are designed to make your activity more efficient, less costly, streamlined, and secure. A lot of the standards developed by ISO might already align with your internal practices.
This being said, a company that reached a certain maturity will have an easier time achieving the performance that this process involves. If you are a new business or didn’t invest enough in development, it will take you longer to make the necessary changes.
In order to have a better idea of how ready you are to implement ISO 27001, a gap analysis is required.
- How Many Requirements You Already Meet
In order to get your ISO 27001 certification, you need to meet all the requirements in the document, which are defined by clauses 4 to 10. To summarize the process of meeting all these requirements, you need to:
- Define the IMSM scope within your organisation;
- Determine the roles and information security regulations at the senior management level;
- Understanding the information security risks and defining a risk treatment plan;
- Setting the objectives of your ISMS;
- Declaring your controls in the Statement of Applicability;
- Evaluate your present performance through an internal audit;
- Take corrective actions for less than satisfactory processes.
The ISO 27001 standards are defined in detail, and some controls might apply to your company, while others won’t. Assessing your company and determining what requirements are yet to be met will show you how close you are to being certified.
- Support from Senior Management
Implementing a standard like ISO 27001 has to be done by allocating enough human resources and time to put all the things in place. If your senior management is not invested in making this work, the process will be slowed down or jeopardised entirely. Fortunately, this rarely happens, as the benefits of getting the certification speak for themselves.
How Long Will It Take to Get ISO 27100 Certified?
On average, and by assuming that your company is willing to make the efforts of getting ISO 27001 certified and already has experience in managing information security, the process will last in between 3 months (small businesses) and a year (large companies).
If you want to speed up the process, the best thing you can do is work with an accredited ISO certification consultant, like us at Best Practice. We are specialised in implementing ISO standards and guiding business owners through the process. Contact us to start planning your certification process.