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Risk Management Through ISO 27001

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ISO 27001 Standard : Information Security Management System (ISMS)

Published in October 2005 by International Organization of Standardization, ISO 27001 is intended to give a systematic control over all organization data. It is an extension of an organization’s quality administration framework and focuses on efforts to establish data security which is critical to a business’ overall risk management strategies.

Despite the fact that security controls are present in every organization, having a specific data security management system makes it simpler for organizations to distinguish security risks and have the ability to create effective processes in securing critical information that are essential to the organization. Asset Management, Access Control, Business Continuity and overall data security compliance are just a few areas covered by ISO 27001. Data exchange, acquisition and development are the main focus of this standard, emphasizing on the significance of having an Information Security Management System and integrating it it to other existing quality management system within the organization.

ISO 27001 embraced Plan-Do-Check-Act, a process presented in BS 7799’s 2002 version, which ISO 27001 adapted in its ISMS requirements. The Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle essentially means creating the rules, objectives and methods of the ISMS based on the techniques and risks included in security of data; proper execution, audit and observation of the created ISMS; and follow up on assessments comes through provision of upgrades and other necessary changes. This procedure should to be aligned with the organization’s existing quality management system. ISO 27001 is compatible with other quality standards, for example, ISO 9001. If an organization have an existing quality management system, implementing ISO 27001 is highly recommended.

Accreditation in ISO 27001 is carried out in three stages. The principal stage includes audit and familiarization of evaluators to the existing Information Security Management System of the organization, assessment of existing documentation in regards to security data and its appropriateness. The second stage is more formal and recognized to be more detailed. It includes real testing of the existing ISMS and conformance to the guidelines in ISO 27001. The testing is generally led by Lead examiners and the positive result of this stage can guarantee an ISO 27001 certification. In spite of the fact that passing the second stage can result to certification, a third stage is essential. The third a follow-up on the improvement of the company’s ISMS to guarantee that it progresses along with the changes within the organization and ceaselessly serves its purpose in data security and control. The follow-up reviews are generally completed once a year yet organizations, depending on what management agrees with, can likewise have it more frequently than the planned yearly review.

Securing  ISO 27001 Certification

Being compliant with ISO 27001 can benefit a company in terms of credibility, competitiveness and risk management.  QSE consultants are highly experienced in helping companies in passing certification audits through their very own 10 Step Approach. They provide superior benefits such as reduced documentation, sustainable implementation, real world application, improved quality, better efficiency, increased productivity and bottom line improvement. Contact QSE Consultant through their website or call 770 – 518 – 9967770 – 518 – 9967 now.

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