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ISO 27001 Certification - Information Security Management

Attributes

Name:

ISO 27001 Assurance Program

Criteria:

ISO 27001:2022 and Client Charter

Market:

All organisations utilising information technology

Scope:

International

Output:

Validity:

Certificate of Confidence

3 years, subject to on-going requirements

Certification gives confidence to the organisation, its customers, regulators and/or other interested parties in the ability to effectively manage information security.

Outcome:

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Why ISO 27001?

ISO 27001 provides requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an information security management system (ISMS). The adoption of an ISMS is a strategic decision for an organisation. The establishment and implementation of an ISMS is influenced by the organisation’s needs and objectives, security requirements of interested parties, the processes used and the organisational size and structure maintained, all of which can change over time.

A sound ISMS and Statement of Accountability preserves the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information by applying a risk management process and formal certification to the ISO 27001 international standard gives confidence to interested parties that the security risks of sharing their information with a service provider are adequately managed.

Benefits of ISO 27001 Certification

Data Integrity

ISO 27001 certification means that a business has constructed an information security management framework that allows data to be organised, protected, and accessed only by authorised personnel

Efficient Business Operations

With an ISO 27001 certified information management system, data analysis and visualisation is made easier. This allows for evidence-based management decisions for the continual improvement of operations

Proof of Commitment

Certification demonstrates to your stakeholders that your organisation prioritises the security and confidentiality of the data they are entrusted

Competitive Advantage

Any company can claim that they have strong data protection systems in place, but not everyone can back it up with an ISO 27001 certification

Is your business an easy target for a data breach? Give your customers confidence you can be trusted with their information. Protect your company's reputation from security threats with ISO 27001 Certification.

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GREG FRANCIS
Director, EQAS Certification

How do I get Certified?

As an organisation, the steps involved for you are:

1.     Applying for certification:

Review and accept our customised Proposal, and you’re underway!

2.     Achieving certification:

Firstly, a pre-certification audit or “test run” will be conducted either on-site (at your premises) or off-site (at our premises) or both, to see whether your information security management systems are suitable. Areas of concern will be reported. Once concerns have been actioned, an on-site certification audit will be conducted, where we will examine the extent to which you address the program criteria. Areas of concern will be reported. Once we are satisfied there are no outstanding issues that present an unacceptable risk to you, your customers, regulators, Equal Assurance or others, we can proceed to issue a Certificate of Confidence. Well done!

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3.     Maintaining certification:

Depending on the level of risk, and/or whether you are transferring from another provider, we will conduct a series of surveillance audits (and in some cases special and follow-up audits) and tri-ennial re-certification audits, to examine the extent to which you continue to address the program criteria. Areas of concern will be reported. So long as we continue to be satisfied there are no outstanding issues that present an unacceptable risk to you, your customers, regulators, Equal Assurance or others, your certification remains valid.

Your next step:

Further details regarding the specific requirements of ISO 27001 and other certification services are provided in our 'Equal Assurance' Client Charter. This and other relevant documentation are available by contacting EQAS Certification on +61 8 83382771, and we can prepare a Proposal at no cost. If you already have a proposal simply contact us with any query.

EQAS Certification is a practice member of 'Equal Assurance', a world-wide confederation of independent certifying auditor practices and accredited partners that provides a range of internationally accredited management system assurance programs and certifications across Australia, New Zealand, and overseas.

Win new business and protect your company’s reputation with ISO 27001

ISO 27001 Certification FAQs

How do I get ISO 27001 certified?

  1. Get management on-board with pursuing the ISO 27001 certification.

  2. Define specific goals for your Information Security Management System (ISMS).

  3. Organize your information assets and define the scope of your ISMS.

  4. Perform a gap analysis by identifying assets, threats, and risks in relation to the published ISO 27001:2013 standards.

  5. Create an actionable roadmap on how to eliminate risks, mitigate threats, and maintain the assets of your ISMS.

  6. Execute an internal audit.

  7. Engage with the independent certification body of your choice.

  8. Monitor your ISMS and ensure continued compliance.

Is ISO 27001 certification worth it?

Information is an important asset for any industry. Your clients are more likely to engage businesses who have a proven record of keeping critical information safe.

 

An ISO 27001 certification can help assuage both clients and regulatory bodies by providing clear standards for ISMS best practices. With ISO 27001, you prove to your customers and stakeholders that you are committed to protecting not just your own, but also their critical information assets.

 

An ISMS should allay fear and help cultivate a trusting business relationship. Becoming certified also helps you build protections against hefty fines from regulatory bodies, damage to your own reputation, and fallout due to security breaches.

How much does it cost to get ISO 27001 certified?

Size and complexity often determine how much organisations need to spend in obtaining their ISO 27001 certification. For many companies who are already dealing with information assets, an ISMS framework may already be in place, giving them a head start.

 

The bulk of the cost of getting the certification are as follows:

 

  • Staff training

  • External audits and expertise

  • Technology updates to both software and hardware

  • Auditor fee.

What are the requirements of ISO 27001?

According to International Organization for Standardization, organisations must have an ISMS management team that:

 

  • Has a systematic method of inspecting information security risks, with a clear perspective on risks, threats, and their potential impact.

  • Creates and implements a clear roadmap such as information security controls and other steps that minimises the risks.

  • Adopts a management philosophy and process that is hyper vigilant in ensuring security controls are always met and is adaptable to the changing landscape of information security.

We're not quite ready to be certified, are there any steps we can take to be better prepared?

Even if becoming fully certified to ISO 27001 seems like too much for the time being, think about implementing at least some basic cyber security controls like the 'Essential Eight' in the meantime. You can expect that clients in Government or other corporate sectors (if they've not already insisted) will increasingly demand such controls in the near future!

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