Last Updated on January 4, 2019
Are you considering ISO 27001 certification, or do you feel like you are not getting enough out of your current certification?
Take a look at the benefits we see our clients realize (which we also experience ourselves) with an ISO 27001 Certified Information Security Management System (ISMS):
Top 9 Benefits of ISO 27001
1) Prove you are secure.
This may sound obvious, but it needs to be stated. If you have key stakeholders (clients, regulators, CXO suite, etc.) asking or demanding you to keep data secure, ISO 27001 certification provides proof that you can.
2) Differentiate from your competition and close more sales.
If your sales team is fighting for business, an ISO 27001 certificate (view our certificate as an example) can often be a tipping point to win a deal. Speaking from direct experience, we have chosen some vendors over others because of ISO 27001 certifications. Offerings can be very similar from vendors, so why not choose the organization that has proven they are less risky to work with?
3) Reduce the complexity of dealing with multiple regulations.
If you need to comply with more than one regulation as it relates to information security, ISO 27001 can often greatly simply compliance. Given today’s long and growing list of security-related regulations like GDPR, HIPAA, NYDFS, PCI, etc., finding a way to simplify compliance to many regulations is a huge win.
4) Attest once to a single standard, then map to other standards.
If you find yourself needing to provide different types of attestation to different people, ISO 27001 can act like the “cornerstone” of your security house. Build a strong foundation and you can leverage it to give you the attestation you need, when you need it. ISO 27001 maps well to other attestations like NIST and HITRUST to make proving proof of compliance very simple.
5) Provide your 27001 certificate instead of answering endless questionnaires.
Third-party security questionnaires have become a legitimate business pain. ISO 27001 certified organizations have all the information on their security practices on one place to help simplify answering questionnaires. Even better, ISO 27001 certified organizations can often complete a less rigorous questionnaire or not have to complete one at all. Many Third-Party Risk Management (TPRM) programs will stipulate that ISO 27001 certified organizations are safe to work with.
How many hours per year can an ISO 27001 certificate save you in not answering questionnaires?
6) ISO 27001 builds a base to other ISO 27K standards you may want or need to leverage.
For example, if you are a cloud solution provider and need to align with ISO 27017 or need to align with ISO 27018 to address privacy concerns, ISO 27001 is the “hub” for utilizing these standards most effectively. With 27001 in place, you can easily add these other attestations with minimal effort. As your security needs change, ISO 27001 gives you the ability—and agility—to adapt quickly.
7) ISO 27002 describes the “master” set of controls for regulatory and information security frameworks.
ISO 27001’s control set, specified in ISO 27002, is the basis for the controls in almost every other security framework. Aligning with these controls gives your organization significant flexibility to adapt to new regulations and move security efforts in a fluid business environment.
8) ISO 27001 is internationally accepted.
If you need to prove you can manage data securely in a global environment, ISO 27001 is the place to turn. No other information security standard is recognized globally like ISO 27001.
9) ISO is the basis of most VRM programs and TPRM standards.
ISO 27001 is the basis of most Vendor Risk Management (VRM) programs and other third-party risk management standards (Shared Assessments, HITRUST). An ISO 27001 certified ISMS gives you the bones of your own TPRM program. If third-party risk is a concern, ISO 27001 will ensure you address the risk you face. If you need additional third-party risk attestation like a Shared Assessments Standardized Control Assessment (SCA), ISO 27001 greatly reduces the effort to complete additional attestations.
Here’s a quick idea: Pivot Point Security has a 100% success rate bringing our clients to ISO 27001 certification. Contact us to find out more about our unique “as-a-service” approach to helping you achieve and maintain ISO 27001 certification.
ISO 27001 is manageable and not out of reach for anyone! It’s a process made up of things you already know – and things you may already be doing.
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