As with most things, the key to succeeding in business is to approach tasks in a clear, methodical way, in which you make determinations about the situation, the risks involved, and what needs to be done to ensure the best possible outcome for you. An organisation’s information security is no different, as business’ with the highest chance of protecting their information from data breaches, maintaining their goodwill with clients through the strict safeguarding of their data, and upholding their reputation are those that pro-actively addressed potential information security breaches.
The international information security standard, ISO 27001:2013, operates on a strategy of periodic risk assessment at set intervals, to ensure that a business’ information security safeguarding strategies are continually effective, under reviewal to ascertain weak points, and put through trial and error scenarios to test the effectiveness of different methods.
By implementing ISO 27001, an organisation stands to benefit in several ways, including:
- Operations: ISO 27001 is effective for both start-up and long-standing organisations, as it offers information security strategies that business’ can implement from the ground up, in conjunction with security approaches that have business’ altering and adapting their existing security measures, improving and streamlining them for maximum efficiency.
- Reputation: Certification to ISO 27001 demonstrates that your business is committed to safeguarding its confidential data and thus protecting the wellbeing of its clients, as well as showing that your business is committed to following practices deemed to be of a global standard, which works at upholding and improving stakeholder confidence.
- Compliance: The implementation of ISO 27001 shows that your business practices complies with regulatory bodies, thus is above board. This ensures that your business dealings are upstanding, and as ISO 27001 encourages the continual logging, fault testing and maintenance of potentially disruptive issues through a well-documented paper trail, this means that your business has evidence of its commitments to high information security standards, and so mitigates the effects of potential disruptions bringing into question the business’ high security standards.
ISO 27001:2013 addresses the information security issues found in both digital and hard copy business data. Maintaining physical paper records is a good business practice to adopt, as they are safer from cyber-threats and hackers. However, hard copy data has alternative information security risks associated with it, including risks of losing important information, or having it stolen. For peace of mind, ISO 27001 addresses a business’ approach to information security through both these areas, which ensures that it can be tailored to business practices of all styles.
Implementing an ISMS is the first step towards showing that your business is committed to doing what is right for its staff, clients, customers, and the wider community, as it demonstrates a commitment to adhering to safe information security practices. If you want to help your business safeguard its information security, and in the process enhance its standing within the community, then consider implementing ISO 27001. Please contact Anitech’s Information security consultants on 1300 802 163 for help with this process, as they will be able to analyse the context of your business operations and discuss how it specifically stands to benefit from ISO 27001.