ISO 27001:2005 Certification

ISO/IEC 27001:2005 covers all types of organizations (e.g. commercial enterprises, government agencies, not-for profit organizations). ISO/IEC 27001:2005 specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving a documented Information Security Management System within the context of the organization's overall business risks. It specifies requirements for the implementation of security controls customized to the needs of individual organizations or parts thereof.

ISO/IEC 27001:2005 is designed to ensure the selection of adequate and proportionate security controls that protect information assets and give confidence to interested parties.

ISO/IEC 27001:2005 is intended to be suitable for several different types of use, including the following:

  • use within organizations to formulate security requirements and objectives;
  • use within organizations as a way to ensure that security risks are cost effectively managed;
  • use within organizations to ensure compliance with laws and regulations;
  • use within an organization as a process framework for the implementation and management of controls to ensure that the specific security objectives of an organization are met;
  • definition of new information security management processes;
  • identification and clarification of existing information security management processes;
  • use by the management of organizations to determine the status of information security management activities;
  • use by the internal and external auditors of organizations to determine the degree of compliance with the policies, directives and standards adopted by an organization;
  • use by organizations to provide relevant information about information security policies, directives, standards and procedures to trading partners and other organizations with whom they interact for operational or commercial reasons;
  • implementation of business-enabling information security;
  • use by organizations to provide relevant information about information security to customers.

Benefits of ISO 27001:2005 Certification

There are 4 essential business benefits that a company can achieve with the implementation of this information security standard:

  1. Comply with legal requirements – there are more and more laws, regulations and contractual requirements related to information security, and the good news is that most of them can be resolved by implementing ISO 27001 – this standard gives you the perfect methodology to comply with them all.
  2. Achieve marketing advantage – if your company gets certified and your competitors do not, you may have an advantage over them in the eyes of the customers who are sensitive about keeping their information safe.
  3. Lower costs – the main philosophy of ISO 27001 is to prevent security incidents from happening – and every incident, large or small, costs money. Therefore, by preventing them, your company will save quite a lot of money. And the best thing of all – investment in ISO 27001 is far smaller than the cost savings you’ll achieve.
  4. Better organization – typically, fast-growing companies don’t have the time to stop and define their processes and procedures – as a consequence, very often the employees do not know what needs to be done, when, and by whom. Implementation of ISO 27001 helps resolve such situations, because it encourages companies to write down their main processes (even those that are not security-related), enabling them to reduce the lost time of their employees.