With all eyes on Manchester as the UK’s fastest growing tech hub, its’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget about some of the the more grown-up aspects of managing sustained growth in a tech environment, like effective risk and security management. Manchester businesses that are planning business improvements for the coming year, (perhaps in light of GDPR or due to customers’ requirements) would be wise to consider implementing an Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) that complies with the ISO 27001 standard.
Information Security is a challenge for companies of all types and sizes and not knowing where to start is often the reason that organisations have not fully addressed the issue. A smart approach, and one that has been adopted by many companies in the UK and around the world, is to look to recognised industry standards for guidance. ISO 27001 is the de facto international information security management standard. By adopting a management system based on ISO 27001, you will create a framework to deliver your security strategy and fortify your efforts to protect your organisation from cyber-attacks and data theft.
Why Manchester Companies Should Implement an Information Security Management System?
ISO/IEC 27000:2014 defines an ISMS as “a systematic approach for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving an organization’s information security to achieve business objectives”.
Some senior managers believe that they don’t need a formal ISMS because they have some controls in place or are deploying modern technology solutions to protect the company from cyber-attacks. However, the benefits of implementing an ISO 27001 compliant ISMS are much greater than many managers realise at first.
Here are some reasons Manchester Businesses Should implement an ISO 27001 compliant ISMS:
- It does more than just looking at technical solutions, it encompasses people, processes and IT systems. This recognises that information security is not just about antivirus software, but depends on the effectiveness of organisational processes and the people who manage and follow them.
- It helps you coordinate all your security strategy and controls (policy, physical and technical) coherently and cost-effectively.
- It provides you with a system for assessing and managing risks security risks so you to make informed decisions about security investments.
- It can be integrated with other management system standards that you may have already implemented such as ISO 9001, 18001 or ISO 14001 providing a consistent approach to corporate governance.
- It creates improved work practices that support business objectives by defining specific roles and processes which provides clear accountability.
- It drives ongoing continual improvement, which ensures that policies remain relevant and that best practice can be adopted as new information is identified.
- It gives you credibility with clients, partners, auditors and other stakeholders and demonstrates due diligence.
- It helps you comply with legal compliance and corporate governance requirements.
- It can be formally assessed and certified against ISO 27001 which gives assurance to existing customers and new prospects providing significant competitive advantage.