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ISO 27001: the international information security standard

What is ISO 27001?

ISO 27001 (ISO/IEC 27001:2013) is the international standard that describes best practice for an ISMS (information security management system). Achieving accredited certification to ISO 27001 shows you are following international information security best practice.

A copy of the official ISO 27001 standard can be purchased from IT Governance here >>

What is an ISMS?

An ISMS is a system of processes, documents, technology and people that helps to manage, monitor, audit and improve your organisation’s information security to achieve business objectives.

An ISO 27001-compliant ISMS helps to manage all your security practices coherently, consistently and cost-effectively.

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Why has implementing ISO 27001 in GCC countries become essential?

Cyber crime is on the rise in GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries. The IBM 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study found that the average data breach costs organisations in the Gulf and Middle East a staggering US$5.31 million (around 19.92 SAR) – the second-highest worldwide.

It is therefore imperative that GCC organisations have strategies in place to protect themselves against this growing threat.

Implementing an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS will help to improve information security practices and protect information assets – something that is vital to their survival.

Certification to ISO 27001 across the Middle East has grown significantly over the past five years. Below is the percentage increase of achieved certificates in 2016 compared with 2011 in GCC countries (ISO Survey):


ISO27001 in UAE


ISO27001 in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

ISO27001 in Bahrain


ISO27001 in Oman


ISO27001 in Qatar








Advantages of ISO 27001 certification:

  • Avoid financial penalties due to data breaches.

  • Protect your information and intellectual property rights.

  • Protect your reputation.

  • Satisfy audit requirements.

  • Gain a competitive advantage with new and existing clients.

  • Build trust globally.

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How to implement an ISO 27001–compliant ISMS

Implementing an ISO 2700-compliant ISMS will include the following elements:


Get board commitment and secure a budget


Review and implement the required controls


Develop internal competence


Develop management system documentation


Identify interested parties, and legal, regulatory and contractual requirements


Conduct staff awareness training


Scope the project


Measure, monitor, review and audit the ISMS


Conduct a risk assessment


Get certified


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How IT Governance can help organisations in the GCC countries

We understand that every organisation is different; we can support you with ISO 27001 implementation through our variety of resources.

These ISO 27001 resources will give you more information about the Standard and the benefits of certification, as well as guiding you through the key steps of implementing an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS:

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Why choose us?

  • IT Governance has more than 15 years’ experience supporting organisations implementing ISO 27001.
  • We are ready to support smaller organisations achieve accreditation in just three months.

We specifically offer:

  • Several compliance tools, packaged solutions and online training courses designed to suit your organisation’s requirements;
  • Consultancy to your organisation to help you achieve success; and
  • A pricing structure that meets your organisation's needs with no hidden costs.


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