Tips to achieve ISO 27001:2013 Certification

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By Pierre Flore

Introduction to ISO 27001:

More and more organisations are including the ISO 27001:2013 compliance as one of their security objectives.

The certification has now become one of the benchmarks in terms of standards in information security and management systems (ISMS). This is especially since businesses are now relying heavily on their information and the need to secure it. ISMS is the approach to managing sensitive company information, and making sure that it remains secure for the business. The ISO 27001:2013 certification demonstrates that an organisation has identified the risks, assessed the implication, and put in place systemised controls to limit any damage to the organisation. 

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Tips to help pass the audit:

Obtaining the ISO 27001 certification is no easy task, and the following are some of the processes and controls that can help in passing the audit:

#1 Risk Assessments

Identifying risks affecting your organisation and any asset your organisation relies on is essential towards achieving your ISO certification. Determining the level of risks as well as their respective priorities helps in developing the risk treatments.

#2 Implement Risk Controls

Once the risks are identified, appropriate controls are required to be implemented to manage and mitigate those risks.

#3 Information Security Policy

The implementation of an organisation-wide information security policy is required. This will be appropriate for the organisation and include security objectives which are available to the whole organisation.

#4 Define Roles and Responsibilities

Defining roles and responsibilities relevant to information security across an organisation helps in ensuring that the ISMS confirms with the requirements of ISO 27001.

#5 Internal Audit and Reviews

Every control and policy implemented in an organisation are required to be reviewed at least annually. Internal audits are an excellent way in making sure that the policies are updated, and controls are being followed. They also provide a way in identifying gaps in the ISMS that may be required prior to the ISO 27001 external audit.

#6 Management of Assets

Securing the organisation’s assets is essential in ensuring that the ISMS with the requirements of the certification. Asset ownership, classification, and handling provide the necessary controls required for the ISMS.

#7 General Operations Security

Operations security involves the security objectives an organisation needs to achieve in their day-to-day business. It focuses mainly on operation procedures, malware protection, backups, monitoring and vulnerability management.

There are quite a few more controls that are required to achieve the ISO 27001:2013 certification. The above controls though, provide an excellent starting point for any organisation which would like to move forward and obtain the certification. For our clients who are interested in pursuing this certification, our security experts are well trained in conducting environment checks prior to the external audit.

Is your business interested in obtaining the ISO 27001:2013 certification? Contact us here for more information from our security experts.

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