A Commonsense Guide to the ISO 2700 Family of Standards

There are few businesses at this point in history that do not rely on information technology. Enterprises in every industry have internal data to protect, as well as sensitive and private information from clients and partners. Unfortunately, it also seems like a week cannot go by without news of another cyber incursion that has threatened sensitive information that can include things as personal as clients’ health, financial or identity-related information.

Safeguarding this information properly helps build trust and keeps your business running as safely and efficiently as possible. The ISO/IEC 2700 series of standards, often referred to as “ISO27k,” are an international set of rules and guidelines for ensuring the data security of organizations like yours. By adopting strategies that are designed with safety in mind, you can cut your chances of damaging data loss and help keep the people you do business with secure.

What are the ISO/IEC 2700 Standards?

These are the international standards that are set for information security. The International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission create and publish the standards cooperatively.

The ISO 2700 standards are broad by design. They cover privacy, cybersecurity, confidentiality and other IT and technical security issues. They can be applied to organizations of all shapes and sizes. Every organization is encouraged to assess their specific information risks and then treat them in a way that best suits their individual needs.

These standards are updated often so that they can always offer guidance that fits the latest technology and the latest threats. By staying up to date on standards, you can ensure that your business is well-protected.

Implementing ISO 2700 Standards

When you look at this family of standards, you may be initially overwhelmed. However, there is a simple six-step process to implementing ISO 2700 standards and qualifying for certification.

Step One: Define your information security policy.

At this stage, you will look at how a robust security policy will support your business objectives. Talk to management and get their support for moving forward.

Step Two: Decide what you wish to have covered by ISO 2700 standards.

Take a close look at your existing information security management procedures and system. How does this compare to the latest requirements and recommendations for ISO’s information security standards? You should also make decisions about which departments, units and systems you wish to bring up to these standards.

Step Three: Do a risk assessment.

Look over your inventory of data that needs to be protected. You should rank your data assets according to both value and the level of risk you face.

Step Four: Manage your risks.

What risks did step three bring to light? Address those risks by identifying appropriate management strategies, resources and priorities. You should make specific people responsible for specific tasks associated with protection. You will also need policies in place to mitigate your risks in the future.

Step Five: Choose the controls that will be put into place.

Formalize your decisions into a Statement of Applicability (SoA). This document lays out the security procedures that will be applied and how they’ll be implemented. This should be done whether you are creating your procedures for your organization’s internal benefit or if you are seeking ISO certification. This can be an internal document used to make your procedures clear.

Step Six: Put your plan into action.

By implementing the controls that you identified in step five, you can begin protecting your business and keeping you and your customers’ data more secure.

Once these steps are in place, you’ll be ready, if you desire, to apply for certification. Certification lasts for three years. During that time, yearly visits are used to ensure that your security processes are being followed and that your procedures are effective and continue to improve.

Want Help Preparing for Your ISO 27001 Risk Assessment?

If you apply to be certified, you’ll go through stages that include document review and an on-site compliance audit. We are internationally certified and qualified to perform ISO 27001 risk assessments.

We ensure that you are ready for the process and that your audit is stress-free. Our experts can work with you to make sure that you understand what is required to obtain certification and to keep your enterprise’s information safe.

Do you want to show your partners and clients that you are serious about information security? We can help you put standards into place and obtain certification of your good practices.

Call us at 215-675-1400, request a quote, or launch a live chat to start a conversation about ISO 27001.

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