What is ISO 27001

ISO 27001 is the standard created by the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) for implementing an Information Security Management System (ISMS) to protect business information assets.

Formally called ISO 27001:2013, quite simply, it’s a framework for managing information security risks.

If you don’t have an ISMS then an ISO 27001 aligned one is the best place to start, as the standard provides assurance that your information security processes and controls are current, effective and meet internationally recognised best practices.

Regardless of industry, size or location, ISO 27001 provides a proven framework for any business to identify, minimise and manage the security risks to their sensitive data. It dictates the design and implementation of customised procedures to meet your existing business processes and objectives. This is what information security is all about.

Risk Crew offer a variety of service options to help you gain and maintain compliance.

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ISO 27001 Compliance services

Risk Crew can help your organisation achieve and maintain ISO 27001 compliance through any one (or combination) of the four bespoke, cost-effective services:

discover iso 27001  Discover

In order to help your organisation get started in complying with the ISO 27001 standard, our Discover service provides the following deliverables:

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  • Conduct ISO 27001 Compliance Gap Assessment: Risk Crew will assess your current information risk management operations, policies, processes and controls against those recommended by the standard to identify the current compliance “gap” and then generate a comprehensive report of our findings and recommendations to remedy that gap.
  • Create Compliance Activities Roadmap: Findings will include a detailed list of actions required for your organisation’s full compliance in a project plan format of your choice. Roadmap will cite specific actions required for compliance, proposed action owners, target completion dates and estimated budgets required.
  • Conduct Stakeholder Workshop: Upon completion, Risk Crew will conduct a half-day workshop for key business stakeholders to ensure their understanding of the remedial actions needed for compliance and the estimated resources and timeline required.

This service results in a solid understanding of the standard and what’s required from your business to comply.

Assist service  Assist

Need a little more help? Our Assist service offers all of the deliverables from our “Discover” service plus the following:

  • Identify, Locate and Classify Information Assets: Risk Crew will review your business model and interview your key business stakeholders to identify, locate and value the sensitive information assets processed, stored and transmitted by your organisation.
  • Create Data Classification and Marking Schemes: Once these information assets are identified, we will create suitable classification and marking schemes to ensure appropriate handing and security controls are applied and compliance requirements (such as Data Protection) are met.
  • Create Information Asset Register: All information assets will then be documented citing their sensitivity level, value, owner and location in information technology systems for reference in accordance with the standard. This document provides the inventory for risk management.
  • Conduct Risk Strategy Workshop with Stakeholders to Confirm Organisation’s Risk Appetite: Upon completion of the above deliverables, Risk Crew will hold a half-day workshop with your key business stakeholders to ensure their understanding of the threat and risk assessment results and confirm and establish the information risk appetite, tolerance and capacity levels for the organisation.
  • Conduct Network and Website Security Penetration Testing: Risk Crew will also conduct manual security penetraion testing of your business systems and website to attempt to identify and exploit associated weaknesses in accordance with the standard.
  • Conduct Mock Audit: When you are ready, Risk Crew will come in and conduct a mock audit to ensure certification readiness.
This service provides the framework essential for compliance and is ideal for organisations that have operational resources but specifically lack in-house information security risk management expertise. The outcome serves as the foundation for an effective, operative information security management system and requires the implementation of remedial actions, policy customisation, control implementation, testing and education of your users for completion of your compliance requirements.

This service results in a solid understanding of the standard and what’s required from your business to comply.

implement iso 27001  Implement

Need the full belt and braces? Our Implement service offers all the deliverables from both our Discover and Assist services outlined above in addition to the following:

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  • Create Customised ISMS Documentation for the Business: Risk Crew will create fit-for-purpose ISMS documentation to include a compliance-specific statement of applicability (SoA) along with bespoke information security policies and procedures for the organisation to implement.
  • Control recommendations: Risk Crew will also recommend cost-effective information security controls where required to ensure policy implementation and compliance. Control recommendations shall include control objectives, control configuration (if required) control evidence and control testing procedures.
  • Conduct Network and Website Security Vulnerability Assessment Scanning: Risk Crew will then conduct automated vulnerability assessment scanning to identify security weaknesses associated with your business systems and website for remediation in accordance with the standard.
  • Conduct Network and Website Security Penetration Testing: Risk Crew will also conduct manual security penetration testing of your business systems and website to attempt to identify and exploit associated weaknesses in accordance with the standard.
  • Implement Information Security Awareness Training Program: Risk Crew will provide computer-based information security awareness training to your staff to ensure their understanding of cyber security threats to the business along with their roles and responsibilities for compliance to policies and incident reporting in accordance with the standard. Face-to-face workshops with cyber security experts are also available in lieu of or to supplement this training depending on your preference.
  • Conduct ISMS Workshop with Stakeholders to Ensure Understanding, Roles and Responsibilities: Upon completion of the above, Risk Crew will hold a full-day workshop with your key business stakeholders to ensure their comprehensive understanding of the ISMS, its goals and objectives, key performance indicators (KPIs), and staff roles, responsibilities and ongoing actions required to support it.

This comprehensive service provides everything you need for your ISO 27001 compliance short of implementing the policies and the procurement of any controls needed and is designed for organisations looking for a cost-effective, turn-key solution. This popular service comes with our 100% guarantee that you will pass your compliance audit. If, for any reason, your initial audit produces any additional remedial actions required for certification, we will implement these actions at no charge to you. Why? We put skin in the game. That’s why. Who else does that?

mainatin iso 27001  Maintain service

If your organisation is currently ISO 27001 compliant then you know that once you get compliant the challenge is to stay compliant. Risk Crew can help you meet this challenge with a variety of support services from delivering on-going requirements such as conducting risk assessments, scanning, testing and delivering information security awareness training to providing continuous ad-hoc advice and assistance to answer questions, clarify requirements and ensure you stay the course of compliance. Give us a call and we can discuss and design solutions to meet your specific needs.

Why Risk Crew

All our ISO 27001 compliance services are delivered by certified and seasoned ISO 27001 Practitioners and Auditors who also possess a host of industry-recognised information security governance, risk and compliance certifications such as CSX, CISSP, CISM and CRISC ensuring they consider and address your business objectives throughout the compliance cycle. All our consultants are subject to full, initial (and ongoing) background security checks.

Frequently Asked Questions about ISO 27001 compliance

What is the process for becoming ISO 27001 compliant?

The first step is to define the scope of the ISO 27001 compliance. This could be the whole company or just a part of it. Once the scope has been defined there is usually a gap analysis to see what information security infrastructure is already in place and what is required to align it with the ISO 27001 standard. Additional workstreams would address any gaps identified and will look to build an Information Security Management System (ISMS) following ISO 27001 requirements.

How do I get ISO 27001 certified?

Before achieving ISO 27001 certification an organisation must first meet the standards requirements and be able to provide evidence to support that compliance. To become certified a company will undergo a two-stage audit by an externally accredited ISO 27001 auditor. The first stage looks at the documentation to establish whether it is in line with the requirements of ISO 27001. Stage 2 is different as the auditor will conduct a thorough assessment to establish whether the organisation’s ISMS is compliant with the ISO 27001 standard and will look for evidence that the organisation is following the documentation (policies, procedures, etc.) in practice. The audit report will confirm a pass or a fail and will include any findings found that need or should be addressed.

Is ISO 27001 compliance expensive?

Achieving ISO 27001 compliance will almost certainly require an organisation to invest time and effort. However, this investment pays dividends when you consider the general improvements to an organisation’s approach to information security. Breaches of data can be very expensive to an organisation especially if the data includes personal and/or sensitive data. GDPR introduced maximum fines of 20,000,000 EUR or 4% of on organisations revenue and no organisation wants to incur those penalties. Becoming ISO 27001 compliant can help an organisation reduce the risk of data breaches and not pay the fines.

How long does the ISO 27001 compliance process take?

The length of time required to get a organisation to be compliant with the standard will vary depending on the organisation’s size and it’s starting position. If there is no information security infrastructure to work with then it will take a lot longer than if the existing policies and procedures just need to be aligned to the standard.

What are the benefits of becoming ISO 27001 compliant?

There are multiple benefits to becoming ISO 27001 compliant in addition to improving the organisations security posture. Some government departments or agencies will require ISO 27001 before awarding contracts. The same is true of many banks and financial institutions. It may also be a valuable differentiator between your organisation and competitors.