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ISO 27001 and Information Security

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 (ISO 27001) is the international standard that describes best practice for an information security management system (ISMS). Accredited certification to ISO 27001 demonstrates that an organisation is following international information security best practices.

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What is an information security management system (ISMS)?
ISO 27001:2013
Download a free ISO 27001 green paper
ISO 27001 and the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme
ISO 27001 – a framework for compliance
How IT Governance can help

What is an information security management system (ISMS)?

An information security management system (ISMS) is "a systematic approach for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving an organisation's information security to achieve business objectives" (ISO/IEC 27000:2014).

It encompasses people, processes and technology, recognising that information security is not just about antivirus software, implementing the latest firewall or locking down your laptops or web servers. Technology alone is simply too weak to defend against the evolving nature of information security threats.

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The overall approach to information security should be strategic as well as operational, and different security initiatives should be prioritised, integrated and cross-referenced to ensure overall effectiveness.

An ISO 27001-aligned ISMS helps you coordinate all your security efforts (both electronic and physical) coherently, consistently and cost-effectively.

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What is an ISMS?


ISO 27001:2013

ISO 27001, alongside its companion code of practice, ISO27002, sets out the technical specifications of an information security management system (ISMS). The newest version of the Standard is ISO/IEC 27001:2013, which supersedes ISO/IEC 27001:2005.

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Implementing ISO 27001

An ISMS is specific to the organisation that implements it so no two ISO 27001 projects are the same. Find out more about the different steps of an ISO 27001-aligned ISMS implementation project. Read more >>


Download a free ISO 27001 green paper

We have published several authoritative green papers on ISO 27001. Click on the link belows and download them for free today:

ISO 27001 and the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme

The Cyber Essentials scheme is a key deliverable of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy/Cyber Programme, and was released on 7 April 2014. It aims to provide reassurances about cyber risk management to UK-based organisations, clients and partners, and to ensure that risk management practices have been independently tested and verified, where relevant.

The scheme provides a set of controls, based on ISO 27001, that organisations can implement to achieve a basic level of cyber security. Organisations can attain certification to two levels: Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. Certified compliance with the scheme will be required in certain government procurement contracts. Read more about ISO27001 and the Cyber Essentials scheme >>

ISO 27001 – a framework for compliance

ISO 27001 can help organisations create a framework for compliance with many regulatory standards, including:

  • The Telecommunications Regulations Act 1998
  • The Data Protection Act 1998
  • The Computer Misuse Act 1990
  • The Human Rights Act 1998
  • The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
  • The Copyright, Designs and Patent Act 1998
  • The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (public sector).

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How IT Governance can help

IT Governance offer a comprehensive suite of information resources, solutions and consultancy services, including:


ISO 27001 training courses


ISO27001 Certified ISMS Foundation Online

This one-day interactive Live Online course explains the benefits of the IEC/ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management standard and provides a complete introduction to the key elements required to achieve its best practice and compliance.



ISO27001 Certified ISMS Lead Implementer Online

This three-day interactive Live Online course covers all nine of the key steps involved in planning, implementing and maintaining an ISO 27001-compliant information security management system (ISMS).


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ISO 27001 compliance tools


ISO 27001 ISMS Documentation Toolkit

Designed and developed by expert ISO 27001 practitioners, and enhanced by ten years of customer feedback and continual improvement, this toolkit provides all of the information security management system (ISMS) documents you need in order to comply with ISO 27001.


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Nine Steps to Success - An ISO 27001 Implementation Overview

Now in its third edition and aligned to ISO 27001:2013, this guide is ideal for anyone tackling the Standard for the first time. It will give you the guidance you need to understand the Standard’s requirements and ensure your implementation project is a success, which includes six secrets to certification success.


vsRisk Standalone

vsRisk™ has been proven to save huge amounts of time, effort and expense when tackling complex risk assessments. Fully compliant with ISO 27001:2013, this widely applicable risk assessment tool streamlines and delivers an information security risk assessment quickly and easily.


ISO 27001 solutions

ISO 27001 Implementation Solutions

We have created a range of packaged solutions that will enable you to implement ISO 27001 at a speed and for a budget that is appropriate to your needs and preferred project approach.

Each fixed-price solution is a combination of products and services that can be accessed online and deployed by any company in the world.

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