ISO/IEC 27001:2005 formally specifies a management system that is intended to bring information security under explicit management control. Being a formal specification means that it mandates specific requirements. Organizations that claim to have adopted ISO/IEC 27001 can therefore be formally audited and certified compliant with the standard.
QT&T provides end-to-end consulting services for ISO27001 implementation and also helps identifying the certification body for the final audit. Most organizations have a number of information security controls. However, without an information security management system (ISMS), controls tend to be somewhat disorganized and disjointed, having been implemented often as point solutions to specific situations or simply as a matter of convention. Security controls in operation typically address certain aspects of IT or data security specifically; leaving non-IT information assets (such as paperwork and proprietary knowledge) less protected on the whole. Moreover business continuity planning and physical security may be managed quite independently of IT or information security while Human Resources practices may make little reference to the need to define and assign information security roles and responsibilities throughout the organization.
The key benefits of 27001 are:
It can act as the extension of the current quality system to include security
It provides an opportunity to identify and manage risks to key information and systems assets
Provides confidence and assurance to trading partners and clients; acts as a marketing toolAllows an independent review and assurance to you on information security practices
It is suitable for protecting critical and sensitive information
It provides a holistic, risk-based approach to secure information and compliance
Demonstrates credibility, trust, satisfaction and confidence with stakeholders, partners, citizens and customers
Demonstrates security status according to internationally accepted criteria
Creates a market differentiation due to prestige, image and external goodwill
If a company is certified once, it is accepted globally.
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