GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) organisations that are concerned about information security should have an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS (information security management system) in place.
Implementing an ISMS helps organisations manage their security practices, as well as help monitor, audit and continually improve their information security.
ISO 27001 is the international standard that describes best practice for an ISMS. In the Middle East, the number of organisations certified to the Standard increased by 13% in 2017, bringing the worldwide total to almost 40,000 (ISO Survey).
So why are so many organisations getting certified to ISO 27001?
It protects and improves organisations’ reputations
Cyber attacks have become more sophisticated in recent years, leading to increased financial and reputational damage for organisations that suffer one.
The negative effect of security incidents can, to some extent, be seen in almost all breaches. Take, for example, the aftermath of the 2017 Equifax data breach.
The global credit rating agency was hit by a cyber attack that exposed information of 146 million people around the world. The BBC recently reported that the UK branch would be fined £500,000 (about 2.4 million AED) by the UK’s data protection authority.
Certifying to ISO 27001 doesn’t guarantee that an organisation won’t be hit by a cyber attack, but it does mitigate the risk.
It helps organisations avoid financial penalties
Even if a certified organisation is successfully attacked, regulators are less likely to issue fines, because the organisation was doing all it could to prevent the attack. ISO 27001 is, after all, the global benchmark for information security.
It improves organisations’ structure and focus
As an organisation grows, confusion about who is responsible for which information assets is more likely to spread. ISO 27001 helps organisations become more productive by clearly setting out information risk responsibilities.
Assigning and communicating roles and responsibilities is important, as it helps manage employee expectations and strengthen their understanding of the impact and contribution they make to the organisation’s overall information security.
It reduces the need for frequent audits
ISO 27001 certification provides a globally accepted indication of security effectiveness, negating the need for repeated customer audits and reducing the number of external customer audit days.
Lead a team of auditors and gain the skills to achieve compliance with ISO 27001.
If you want to learn the skills to plan, execute and report on second-party (supplier) and third-party (external and certification) audits of an ISMS (information security management system), you should enrol on our upcoming ISO27001 Certified ISMS Lead Auditor training course in Dubai.
This fully accredited course equips you with the skills to conduct second-party (supplier) and third-party (external and certification) audits. Build your career as a lead auditor, lead a team of auditors and achieve compliance with ISO 27001.