Why ISO 27001?
ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management Systems is the standard that is becoming increasingly essential for organisations that manage sensitive data on behalf of their customers. The increasing sophistication of malicious attacks on data security is driving organisations to require their suppliers to demonstrate a systematic and comprehensive approach to the management of information security to their own leadership and to their customers. ISO 27001:2013 certification enables you to protect information assets, you customers, and your reputation. The objective is to create a “closed loop” system that drives improvement.
What will a well designed ISMS do for my business?
ISO 27001 requirements
The overall objective of information security is to effectively identify risks through a systematic process to enable the management and control of technology and human factors to ensure:
- Confidentiality – ensuring that information is not made available or disclosed to unauthorised individuals, entities or processes.
- Integrity – maintaining the consistency, accuracy, and trustworthiness of information over its entire life cycle.
- Availability – ensuring that information is both accessible and usable upon demand by an authorised party.
The standard requires that you situate you ISMS in a strategic business context (including compliance) and integrate it into the management of your operational planning and service delivery.
This includes the ability to systematically identify, assess, evaluate and control your information security risks including business continuity risks. The ISO 27001:2013 requires that you review all 118 items in Annex A for their relevance to your information security risk management and document this in a Statement of Applicability.
Senior management must identify and provide the resources required to ensure effective implementation and operation of your ISMS so that it achieves its objectives. This includes physical and IT infrastructure as well as the competencies required of your people to deliver the identified performance.
Operational planning and management are in place to enable the implementation of all necessary ISMS risk controls are in place and are being actively monitored for effectiveness.
This includes the selection, induction, management, and review of all external suppliers particularly including contractors. There also needs to be an effective incident investigation process including escalation reporting.
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What sets us apart?
We at Spark Growth Solutions pride ourselves on building quality management systems that improve your business. We do this be first recognising that your business success means you are doing a lot of things right. We bring to the table:
- Years of experience in managing businesses
- New thinking about the way to do business
- Experience across a wide variety of industry sectors
- A commitment to work to your timetable
- A commitment to build a system specifically for your business
- A fixed price quote with no hidden fees or charges
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