ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised standard for information security management systems (ISMS). It provides a framework for organisations to manage their information security risks and protect sensitive data. Many companies are now seeking ISO 27001 certification to demonstrate their commitment to security and gain a competitive edge. Companies which are handling lots of personal information or confidential business information on behalf of their clients can demonstrate good security practices by obtaining ISO 27001 certification. This would include companies such as those working in market research, app development, IT support, security companies etc.

As ISO27001 is reviewed annually by an external company, it provides third party assurance to clients and stakeholders that the company has appropriate controls in place.

Most procurement questionnaires are based on the ISO 27001 standard so if your organisation is regularly asked to complete procurement questionnaires it may be worth considering obtaining the standard to make the procurement process easier.

ISO 27001 certification requires investment of time and resources but brings significant advantages. With information security threats continuing to rise, more companies are likely to follow the ISO 27001 route in future to protect their data, gain a competitive edge, and provide assurance to clients and stakeholders. Those still weighing up the decision should study the experiences of certified organisations to understand the benefits.

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