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ISO 27001 – Information Security Management

Information, for an organization, is a highly valuable asset and a powerful resource that needs to be managed and secured appropriately to operate with confidence. Increasing threats mean that ensuring you to understand what is required to control and maintain your information is now a key challenge facing most organisations. Data robbery, hacking, industrial spying, leakage, phishing, malicious code and many other threats can affect the security of your information. In today’s business environment, information security is no longer a fad, rather it is a necessity and a business enabler. The most serious impact on a business due to security breach could be loss of productivity, revenue, employee morale and customer confidence. In reference to the new EU Data Protection Ordinance, Data protection is a reactive approach towards data protection infringements which represents a high risk in view of turnover-dependent sanctions. Without suitable protection tools such as Information Security Management System (ISMS), your company will be vulnerable data threats which might lead to weakened partner trust. Therefore, an active data protection management is one which significantly protects company-owned assets. The ISO 27001 is an international standard system for the management of information security specifically intended for this purpose.

WHAT IS ISO 27001 – INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT STANDARD

Information is a business critical asset because it drives growth and forms the backbone of organization. But the security of this asset is often overlooked, which is why over 80% of security breaches stem from within the organization as a result of poor policy, procedures and staff awareness training.

The 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 well protected on the whole.An Information Security Management System (ISMS) is a management system based on a systematic business risk approach, to establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain, and improve information security of an organization.The ISO 27001 Information security management system ISMS is an International standard which focuses on maintaining critical assets those have value to the business such as;

Confidentiality:

“An unauthorized disclosure of information”. This property expresses the need that information is not made available or disclosed to irrelevant persons.

Integrity:

“Modification or destruction of data”. This property means that data cannot be altered or destroyed in an unauthorized manner, i.e. data or information should be correct and appropriate.

Availability:

“Protect against denial of service (DoS)“. This property means that an asset is accessible and useable upon demand by an authorized authority.

The standard focuses upon avoiding / reducing / mitigating risk on such assets after accessing the threats and vulnerabilitieswhich is composed of the people, processes and technological components of the organization.It outlines the process as how to put in place, an independently assessed and certified information security management system which allows you to more effectively secure all financial and confidential data, minimizing the likelihood of it being accessed illegally or without permission.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Information is a business critical asset because it drives growth and forms the backbone of a company.Threats to such valuable assets as such can be of any form that could inflict damage to the credentials that your organisation has in respect of information security.It is a highly effective information security management systems that can help organizations plug existing leaks and prevent future threats that can prove to be extremely damaging and harmful.Through an ISMS in accordance to the ISO 27001 standard, an organization identifies, analyzes and addresses its information risks, and it ensures that the security arrangements are tuned according to changes to the security threats, vulnerabilities and business impacts.By demonstrating the commitment to information security through certification of your organisation’s ISMS to an international standard as such, you may find it easier to win and retain clients and thus increase profitability.

Having stated this, it may well be the most important, at least from a 'top down' perspective, as it defines the information security management system as that,

  • ISO 27001 - Look good in front of potential clients
  • Being cyber secure protects both yours and your clients business - it is a built in requirement for a lot of tender documents and external audits.
  • It evidences ongoing commitment towards information security - you have to be audited once a year.
  • It has a requirement for management buy-in - information security must be placed highly within an organisation
  • ISO 27001 - Understand and defeat the risks to your business
  • Activities are repeatable, manageable and cost effective, whilst greatly reducing the likelihood of information security breaches.
  • Be prepared for information security breaches and recover from these more quickly.
  • It helps you to understand what your key business assets are and how to maintain them.

The basic objective of the standard is to help establish and maintain an effective information management system, using a continual improvement approach where it is a milestone for all those organizations who want to be perceived as highly professional and security oriented. In order to achieve every business objective, the standard is designed in such a way that it ensures the selection of adequate and proportionate security controls that protect information assets and give confidence to interested parties. Some of the major factors that an organization would have in hand through the implementation of an ISMS as per ISO 27001 are;


WHO IS IT FOR

The standard will mainly be useful for IT companies, KPOs, BPOs, Banking and other organizations who intend to implement systems that secure their critical information and information assets that has risk to business in the information security domain. The ISMS devised in accordance to the ISO 27001 secures all critical information, information assets and other assets that has value to business. Moreover, the ISO27001 standard can be applied to organisations of any nature, either large or small, where adequate employee knowledge over the importance of data security is highly essential. Opportunities for security breaches will diminish through the application of sound security policies and controls.

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 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.

With stages broken down to achieve pre-agreed outcomes, business owners find that they can progress at a pace that suits their business without compromising on the quality of advice and the end result achieved.This standard provides a baseline minimum set of controls which cover the people, places and process requirements you need in order to provide staff, suppliers and customers with confidence in your data security. Certifying to the standard can give a real competitive edge in today’s technology led environment. The major benefits for an organization through the ISO 27001 ISMS are that,


It is intended to provide the foundation for third party audit, and is 'harmonized' with other management standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.Achieving compliance with the requirements of ISO27001 shows the organization's commitment to managing information security risks while at the same time reducing the cost of information security incidents and improving compliance with legal, regulatory and contractual requirements. As with BS7799-2, a robust audit and certification scheme supports the standard. However, for those who have already certified against BS7799, an accredited certification body like TRAIBCERT will establish transitional arrangements in a smooth manner.

REQUIREMENTS OF THE ISO 27001

Following are the key requirements that need to be fulfilled for a successful implementation of the ISO 27001 Information security management system Standard for an organization.

  • Prepare Inventory of assets that has risk to the business.
  • Do risk assessment of assets identified covering threats and vulnerabilities
  • Identify suitable controls as specified in ISO 27001 standard to prevent / mitigate the risk.
  • Maintain statement of applicability.
  • Do agreements of all those internal and external entities those have influence on critical information's confidentiality, integrity and availability.
  • Do information classification and label same.
  • Take necessary precautions during selection, recruitment, employment and termination of employees in terms of preservation of secured information.
  • Provide physical security to identified assets.
  • Implement Business continuity measures.
  • Implement protection against malicious and mobile codes
  • Maintain back up of critical data
  • Provide security to online transactions
  • Implement physical and logical access control
  • Report , investigation and prevent reoccurrence of information security incidents.
  • Ensuring compliance with legal requirements such as Protection of personal data, IT act, E commerce related acts etc.

CERTIFICATION PROCESS

Preliminary audit (optional):

TRAIBCERT’s experienced and highly-skilled auditors would listen to you and perform an initial assessment to understand audit issues and maximize your chances of being certified.The audit focuses mainly on the areas of the system that needs further improvements inline with the standard’s requirements, in order to achieve the business objectives. Once identifying and eradicating potential vulnerabilities in the management system, the actual audit in relation to the certification begins.

Certification audit:

This phase is comprised of a stage 1 and stage 2 audit consists of detailed review where, TRAIBCERT’s auditors with expertise and vast knowledge on the industry sectors, assess your documentation, interviews your teams, analyzes your practices, your data against the requirements of the standard inview of fulfilling the requirements. We strive to reveal observations that can add value through reduced costs, increased efficiency, and decreased time to market.

Issue Certificate:

Once our highly competent & qualified auditors who are experts in the sector, identifies that yousatisfy the requirements of ISO 27001-2013, we TRAIBCERT a leading accredited certification body will Issue the ISO 27001-2013 certificate.

Monitoring:

Annual surveillance of the ongoing optimization of your processes and management system would be carried out to ensure adherence of the system with that of the ISO standards.

Renewal:

Upon reaching 3 years from the date of issuance of certificate, the maximum validity of the certificate, we will provide full support to your organization towards the re-certification for the next term.

BENEFITS

ISO 27001:2005 helps organizations to implement information security management systems (ISMS) to deal with increasingly competitive markets and the security requirements of customers, both implicit and explicit within the context of the organization's overall business risks.Many organisations know little about this Standard until a customer or client raises it with them or a tender makes it a mandatory requirement to pitch for work. Once you learn about the Standard you start to realise how valuable compliance can be for both your information and your company, reducing risks, protecting against legal censure and reducing downtime. Some of the major benefits that the organisations will enjoy through the ISO 27001 ITSMS are

  • It is a management tool aimed at reducing risk in your organization
  • It is proof to your customers and purchasers of the high level of security management
  • It increases your security information performance, optimize costs through better control of internal processes and enhance your staff skills
  • It provides stakeholders with confidence knowing that your systems are secure and their data is protected
  • It provides a company that competitive edge by being a pioneer in the mark
  • It is an improvement tool to set up a continuity plan for your operations
  • It ensures confidential information are kept secure and legal obligations are met
  • It helps your organisation to stand out from the competition with a strengthened and documented confidence criterion
  • It enables you to go beyond technical expertise and attain management excellence
  • It is a way of complying with national and international laws,
  • It is internationally recognized in all sectors, giving you access to new markets across the world.
  • It optimizes and justifies security budgets with your senior management or shareholders.
  • It benefits from a high level of information security in your organization and reduce risk.

WHY TRAIBCERT

At TRAIBCERT, an accredited leading third party certification body, our goal is to help your organisation to establish efficient, effective and manageable information security management system enabling your information security leaders move a step up in the ladder to bring your organisational vision to reality, and ultimately lead you to achieve success. Our ISO27001 service portfolio is vast and extends it's wing all the offering:

  • Pre assessment survey – to assess your businesses readiness for ISO27001
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Remediation/Treatment Plans– to identify key information assets within the organisation and possible threats to these assets
  • Statement of applicability – a key stage in the review of an organisation’s Information Security Management systems
  • Management advice - on the Standards and their applicability to your organisation
  • Full assessment - to ISO27001 Standards for those ready for certification
  • Production of report detailing non-conformity and possible remedy solutions
  • Examination further training needs
  • Assistance with your first management review meeting
  • Assistance with security key-performance measures
  • Review of business continuity arrangements
  • Statement of Applicability (SOA) and Policy Development
  • Staff Awareness Training and Management Presentations

Wherever you are currently, whether you have absolutely nothing in place and want us to ‘make it happen for you’ or if you simply need some advice and guidance for your own team, TRAIBCERT with it's pool of auditors who possess greater experienced and expertise in this field can adapt to provide precisely the level of assistance you require.The Key benefits which our clients enjoy working with us are:

  • A holistic objective based Approach towards the ISMS,
  • Better control of the Process, Flow and improve Business Productivity,
  • Cost Effective Service Provision,
  • Better documentation of the management processes starting from initial audit phase,
  • A Framework for Continual Improvement of each Processes of Service Management,
  • Leadership with Customer Focus

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