The Importance of Information Security
Information security breaches are one of the biggest risks that organizations face. Sensitive data is used across all areas of businesses these days, increasing its value for legitimate and illegitimate use.
Countless incidents occur every month, whether it’s cyber criminals hacking into a database or employees losing or misappropriating information. Wherever the data goes, the financial and reputational damage caused by a breach can be devastating.
The ISO cybersecurity requirements were developed to combat the increasing problem of cyberattacks across the world. Unsecured data can impact your internal operations, and you can lose the trust of your customers should a catastrophic breach occur. Companies that use PQA to become compliant with ISO 27000 standards are far less likely to experience costly cyberattacks.
The ISO/IEC 270001 family of standards, also known as the ISO 27000 series, is a series of best practices to help organizations improve their information security.
Published by ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) and the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), the series explains how to implement an ISMS.
An ISMS is a systematic approach to risk management, containing measures that address the three pillars of information security: people, processes and technology.
The series consists of 46 individual standards, including ISO 27000, which provides an introduction to the family as well as clarifying key terms and definitions.
You don’t need to know every standard inside out to understand how the series works, and some won’t be relevant to your organization, but there are a few core ones that you should be familiar with.
This is the central standard in the ISO 27000 series, containing the implementation requirements for an ISMS. This is important to remember, as ISO 27001 is the only standard in the series that organizations can be audited and certified against.
That’s because it contains an overview of everything you must do to achieve compliance, which is expanded upon in each of the following standards.
This is a supplementary standard that discusses the information security controls that organizations might choose to implement.
Organizations are only required to adopt controls that they deem relevant – something that will become apparent during a risk assessment.
ISO 27017 and ISO 27018
These standards were introduced in 2015, explaining how organizations should protect sensitive information in the Cloud. This has become especially important recently as organizations migrate much of their sensitive information on online servers.
ISO 27017 is a code of practice, providing extra information about how to apply the Annex A controls to information stored in the Cloud.
ISO 27018 works in essentially the same way but with extra consideration for personal data.
ISO 27701 is the newest standard in the ISO 27000 series, covering what organizations must do when implementing a PIMS (privacy information management system).
It was created in response to the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which instructs organizations to adopt “appropriate technical and organizational measures” to protect personal data but doesn’t state how they should do that. ISO 27701 fills that gap, essentially bolting privacy processing controls onto ISO 27001.
The PQA ISO 27000 Audit
Our ISO cybersecurity consulting services include thorough evaluation of your existing system. PQA will identify your needs and requirements and together we will determine which of these standards is applicable to your business.
When you work with PQA, you’re signing up for 12 months of dedicated support. We take the fear and stress out of ISO compliance, and we make the process streamlined and easy to follow. Our goal is to provide you with a cost-effective solution without sacrificing quality of service.
PQA’s ISO 27000 consultants will also address specific aspects of your business and explain how your team should address cyber security control issues in the future. We’ll show you how to execute consistent risk assessment and management of your ITMS so that your data remains secure and you remain compliant.
The ISO 27000 standards address information security management within organizations. This digital category of ISO protects employee and customer data, including personal information, login credentials, and financial details. Database managers are responsible for ensuring the company’s computer network is up to date with all required security protocols. Pinnacle Quality Assurance makes this task easier and provides the resources you need for continuous management.
At Pinnacle Quality Assurance, we protect you by protecting your customers’ data. Our goal is to help you achieve ISO 27000 compliance and give you all the tools you need to stay compliant long-term. Contact us to learn more about our ISO cybersecurity consulting services.