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Why Companies need a Third Party ISO 27001 Certification?

We live in a world where offsite data backup is more of a necessity than a consideration. In such a climate where companies' details and systems are critical to success and survival, it's vital that any third-party assigned to looking after that data does so in a way which represents best practices where risk assessment and management are involved.

There is more to information security than anti-virus software, firewall technology and the locking-down of laptops or web servers; the overall approach to information security should be strategic as well as functional. While many providers will claim to stick to best practices, only those seriously committed will possess an official ISO 27001 Certification.

Often companies start implementing ISO management system without deciding to have their business certified. This leads to the possibility of achieving certification later without much work. However, it is important that the certification is carried out by an accredited certification body.

What is ISO 27001?

Published in 2005, ISO 27001 is an Information Security Management System (ISMS) standard, designed to ensure the selection of adequate and proportionate security controls that protect information resources.

Being a formal specification means that it requires specific requirements, and organizations that have implemented ISO 27001 can, therefore, be officially audited and certified in compliance with the standard. ISO 27001 Certification requires that business does the following;

• Systematically examines information security risks, taking account of any potential threats, vulnerabilities and associated impacts.
• Designs and implements a consistent and comprehensive suite of information security controls and/or additional methods of risk treatment (such as threat protection or threat transfer) to address any prospective risks that are deemed unacceptable.
• Adopts a control process to make sure the information security controls continue to meet the organization’s details protection needs on an ongoing basis.

How do clients benefit?

Wherever offsite data storage is concerned, there are a number of prospective protection risks, for example: physical, such as door access and CCTV; logical, which refers to issues like user privileges and data access; and procedural, including areas such as visitor access protocol. By working with an ISO 27001 certification provider, a business can be safe in the knowledge that their data is safe from these risks.

Other benefits of operating with an ISO 27001 certified companies include:

• Clearly defined risk ownership
• Prevention of damage to brand equity
• Continuous security improvement measures
• Consistent security policy across the organization
• Minimal risk of data loss through human error

Once the company is certified, improvements are easier to make in the business. The regular certification audits help managers find opportunities for improvements. In the end, the certification pays back in better management and better performance. A certification from a third party is important.

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