Introduction to ISO 27001

Cyber security

Ever wondered about the key steps to implementing ISO 27001 Information Security Management System (ISMS)?  Well, here is your beginners guide.

Key Concepts of ISO 27001

It is a systematic approach consisting of processes, technology, and people that help you protect and manage your business’ information through effective risk management.  Combining these approaches will ensure you have a robust ISMS.

Main Requirements of ISO 27001

  1. Context of the Organisation: Understanding the external and internal factors that affect your ISMS. This involves identifying interested parties and their requirements as they relate to information security.
  2. Leadership: Your business’ top management must demonstrate leadership and commitment to the ISMS, ensuring that the security policy and security objectives are established and compatible with the strategic direction of the business.
  3. Planning: This involves assessing information security risks and opportunities. The process includes conducting a risk assessment and the risk treatment process, which must be documented in the Risk Treatment Plan.
  4. Support: Adequate resources must be allocated to the ISMS, including human resources and technology. Awareness and communication about the ISMS are crucial, as well as documented information that supports the operation and monitoring of the ISMS.
  5. Operation: The implementation and operation of the ISMS require careful planning and control. This includes managing changes and maintaining documentation.
  6. Performance Evaluation: This involves monitoring, measurement, analysis, and evaluation of the information security performance. Regular internal audits and management reviews are essential to assess the ISMS’s effectiveness.
  7. Improvement: Continual improvement of the ISMS is required to ensure that it remains effective. It involves taking corrective actions and constantly adapting to changes in the internal and external context of the organisation.

Certification Process

The certification process includes a detailed review of the business’ ISMS documented as part of the Statement of Applicability (SoA) and a two-stage audit carried out by an accredited certification body.

Conclusion

Implementing an ISMS aligned with ISO 27001 can seem daunting due to its rigorous requirements and the need for precise documentation and procedures. However, the benefits of securing your information assets, gaining stakeholders’ confidence, and enhancing your business resilience are invaluable, so it is well worth achieving.

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Jenny Kilburn
Completed my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2012 I was looking to start my own business. With over 10 years improving and streamlining business systems, I grasped an opportunity to assist a local business to improve their quality and communication processes by researching the requirements of a quality management system based upon ISO 9001 and conducted my first internal audit that resulted in 97 improvement recommendations. After a successful outcome, I was recommended again and again with glowing reviews and in February 2014, Synergos Consultancy was born. I now have the role of regularly reviewing and planning the strategic direction of the business to ensure that Synergos continues to develop, whilst at the same time, still actively working closely with some of our clients. In my spare time I love to attend the theatre to watch musicals, dance productions and plays. In 2019, I attended the theatre a whopping 24 times. I follow a plant-based diet which I absolutely love. A keen tick-tock follower, I have picked up a lot of interesting recipes. A firm favourite is Brussel sprouts and sriracha sauce baked in the oven. Delicious!
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