Conventionally, when we think about information security, the first things that come to mind are IT systems, on-premise servers and practical anti-virus software implementations.
In this digital age, a company’s assets are no longer purely physical security. It stretches far beyond cloud data, elaborates cloud server infrastructure, and includes the clients’ privacy protection, credit card details and even health data. The company’s information is primarily deemed assets that must also be protected. The ISO 27001 certification provides a framework to manage and control information security risks for businesses to secure such information assets.
An ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification can benefit various organisational and external stakeholders. Here are some key beneficiaries:
1. Organisation and Management:
The organisation benefits significantly from ISO 27001 certification. It helps establish a robust information security management system (ISMS), protecting sensitive information, reducing risk, and enhancing overall security posture. A certified organisation benefits from a systematic approach to managing information security, improved decision-making processes, and increased awareness of security risks.
2. Customers and Clients:
ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification assures customers and clients that their sensitive information is handled with utmost care and security. It enhances trust and confidence in the organisation’s ability to protect its data, fostering stronger relationships and potentially attracting new interested parties who prioritise information security.
3. Business Partners and Suppliers:
ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to information security, making it an attractive partner for other businesses. It reassures business partners and suppliers that their data and intellectual property will be protected when collaborating or sharing sensitive information.
ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification benefits employees by establishing clear policies, procedures, and guidelines for handling sensitive information. It promotes an information security awareness and responsibility culture, ensuring employees understand their roles and responsibilities in safeguarding data. This can lead to increased job satisfaction, better adherence to security practices, and reduced security incidents caused by human error.