ISO 27001 Information Security Management

Information security is essential for anyone who holds information. Achieving an ISO 27001 certification is not a simple task. Why is it important and how is it done?

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As digitalization increases, the risk of cyber-attacks and IT crime increases. Information security is therefore something that every organization should consider.

ISO 27001 is a standard for the protection of business-critical information. It helps organizations, of any size or any industry, understand and protect their information systematically and cost-effectively, through an Information Security Management System (ISMS).

Why is information security important?

Information security is essential for anyone who holds information - whether physical, digital or spoken - and can have significant consequences for both compliance with legislation, organization activities and success, as well as credibility and image.

Risk Assessment

What is the purpose of ISO 27001?

The purpose of ISO 27001 is to safeguard data in the organization, by complying with the standard and consequently being able to document this towards its customers and other stakeholders.

An ISMS is an effective management tool for information security that fits the specific needs of a business and ensures that this efficiency is maintained through a continuous improvement process so that the company can handle the challenges of a continually changing business world.

ISO 27001 focuses on different aspects of information - some of them are:

  • Risk handling: Which control activities are in place to mitigate risks?
  • Controls: How well do these controls perform to their intention?
  • Confidentiality: only authorized persons have the right to access information.
  • Integrity: only authorized persons can change the information.
  • Availability: the information must be accessible to authorized persons whenever it is needed.

How does ISO 27001 work?

Find out where the risks are and systematically address them by implementing control activities, to reduce or eliminate the risk.
This is done by performing a risk assessment, that uncovers what potential risks the information and processes could be subject to, and subsequently defining what controls are needed (what needs to be done) to minimize or prevent such problems from occurring.

Risk Assessment

Controls to mitigate the individual risks for each threat needs to be defined. Controls can be technical controls, organizational controls, legal controls, physical controls or human resources controls. A single control is not always enough to provide an acceptable level of security, so a combination of controls can be necessary.

Technical controls

Primarily for information systems, using software, hardware, and firmware components.
Examples: Access rights, backup, antivirus software, etc.

Organizational controls

Defined rules to adhere to, and expected behavior from users, equipment, software, and systems.
Examples: Access Control Policy, Bring-Your-Own-Device Policy, Lost devices etc.

Legal controls

Makes sure that rules and expected behaviors follow the laws, regulations, contracts, and other legal instruments to which the organization must comply.
Examples: NDA (non-disclosure agreement), SLA (service level agreement), any industry specific legal requirements etc.

Physical controls

Use of equipment or devices that have a physical interaction with people and objects.
Examples: CCTV cameras, alarm systems, key cards for locks, entrance security etc.

Human resource controls

Knowledge, education, skills, or experience that enables people to perform their activities securely.
Examples: Security awareness training, ISO 27001 internal auditor training, etc.

How can having a certification help your company?

Technology develops continuously, and with IoT technologies becoming increasingly common, the amount of data produced grows exponentially. It is therefore natural that cybersecurity and protection of data follow this trend.

You can illustrate the standard in a framework to manage the security of your information. It provides the necessary know-how and visualization to protect organizations’ most valuable information.

By pro-actively limiting security breaches and their impact, risk of disruption in business continuity is reduced. Furthermore, by having the certification, a company can demonstrate to its customers and partners that it safeguards their data.

The certification process itself often identifies potential risks that the organization was not previously aware of. Subsequently, processes and behaviors will be adjusted, reducing these risks moving forward.

Organizations with a systematic approach to risk management can identify where investment in information security makes the most sense and provides the best results. No matter if this involves protection of the IT-technical controls, the organization’s physical framework, or a change in employee behavior.

Benefits

Benefits of being certified:

  • Risk mitigation – the organization will have the tools in place to overcome risks
  • Compliance – to laws, regulations and contractual requirements
  • Competitive advantage – signals that you are serious about your information security
  • Decreased costs – preventing (or at least limiting) security incidents will save money
  • Streamlining organization – having defined processes helps employees to work more efficiently because they know exactly who needs to do what and how.

How can QualiWare X help in your certification?

QualiWare X can help you integrate and comply with different standards, among these ISO 27001.

Our tool can visualize the infrastructure of the organization, including processes, models and frameworks. This illustrates the coherency between the strategy, processes and resources that is needed to meet any risks the organization experiences from the outside world or from within the organization itself.


QualiWare is ISO 27001 certified

Customers must know that the organization they choose to partner with, when acquiring a software tool, have a recovery plan ready if a cyber-attack should occur, and that they are taking the necessary steps to prevent and avoid such. This should play a massive part in the decision-making process.

Consequently, it is important to us that we at QualiWare have gotten this stamp of approval, and that we are complying with this standard that has a direct impact on you and your organization.

The information security management system preserves the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information by applying a risk management process and gives confidence to interested parties that risks are adequately managed.

If you are curious to learn more about how QualiWare X can help you get an ISO 27001 certicication, you can request a demo here.

To learn more about the ISO 27001 Standard, visit iso.org:
https://www.iso.org/isoiec-27001-information-security.html