Achieving ISO 27001 Compliance with Razorthorn

ISO 27001 is an international standard that sets out the specification for an Information Security Management System (ISMS). An ISMS is a comprehensive approach using a defined and recognised cyber security framework to secure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of an organisation’s data and assets, and is supported and maintained by a routine schedule of assessments that review:

  • Organisational risks
  • Policies
  • Procedures
  • Processes
  • People
  • Technology

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Benefits of ISO 27001 Compliance

Route to certification

Demonstrating compliance with the standard enables organisations to apply for ISO 27001 certification, an internationally recognised symbol that an organisation monitors and maintains their ISMS to a level at or above the standards required.

Strengthen your data security

Complying with the standard will ensure your cybersecurity framework and ISMS is at an appropriate maturity based on your organisational requirements and you’re more resilient to cyber attacks. ISO 27001 certification is globally accepted and demonstrates that effective security controls are in place to protect organisations’ data.

Protect your brand and reputation

Data breaches can seriously damage an organisation’s reputation if and when a cyber attack occurs. This could include; loss of customer and consumer confidence, decrease in industry respect and standing, as well as increase in PR spending in controlling breach reporting. ISO 27001 certification will help you protect your name and your clients’ trust by minimising the likelihood and impact of data breaches when they occur.

No unplanned spending

If your data IS breached and appropriate control measures are not in place, the financial remediation cost of isolating, controlling and recovering from a breach can be astronomical. Additionally, there are non-compliance related fines and penalties that organisations could be subject to if data isn’t protected and managed appropriately.

Give your clients peace of mind

Compliance, and eventually certification, allows you to demonstrate to new and existing clients that your organisation is serious about information security and have taken the necessary steps to protect your business’ data. It is proof of effective internal security practices and reassurance that clients’ data will be safe with you.

Budget efficiency

Regularly reviewing your ISMS will determine what security controls you need and what you do not, allowing you to get the most from your budget.

ISO 27001 Compliance – The Razorthorn Approach

1. Project initiation & scoping

We will create a detailed project plan specific and bespoke to your organisation’s requirements. This will include:

  • Aligned business and security objectives, including documentation
  • ISMS scope
  • Management support documented
  • Interested parties including applicable laws, regulations, contracts, etc. documented
  • Statement of applicability
  • Establish ISMS metrics
  • Establish ISMF and process
  • Risk process and workshop

2. Gap analysis

We will review your current status by carrying out an ISO 27001 gap analysis review. This will highlight the areas that need to be addressed to meet with the ISO 27001 requirements. We will provide you a report explaining, in clear and concise language, what testing has been carried out and why, along with a comprehensive list of recommended activities to be completed to strengthen compliance, and increase the chance of a successful certification audit.

3. Planning and remediation

We will help advise and assist you in planning the activities identified in the Gap Analysis phase. The approach will be bespoke to your business and may consist of the creation, development and implementation of policies, procedures, staff awareness training, documentation, controls and tools to ensure that you become and remain compliant.

4. Achieving certification

In this final stage, the organisation will be subject to the certification audit process with a certification body. We will complete the schedule of ongoing activities for the 3 years of certification compliance including; the development of an improvement plan that will aid in the identifying, fixing and preventing new and recurring non-conformities.

Razorthorn will support you throughout certification audit process and beyond.

Why Razorthorn?

I’ve got ISO 27001 certification – what next?

  • Razorthorn have been in business for over 16 years and during that time we have undertaken a huge number of ISO 27001 reviews, achieving compliance for our clients. We have worked with organisations of all sizes and are familiar with a wide range of IT and IS infrastructure.
  • Depending on clients’ available resources and deadlines, we can bring most small businesses up to ISO 27001 compliance in under three months prior to starting their certification audit journey.
  • Our pricing structure is competitive and transparent.
  • In addition to our own expertise, your organisation can take advantage of training courses from our experienced team on ISO 27001 implementations and audits – these courses range from a half day executive management session through to a five day ISO 27001 ISMS Lead Auditor training course. Please contact us for details.

Once certification is achieved, it is valid for three years. During this time, the ISMS will need to be properly maintained so that it continues to comply to the standard. To ensure your organisation’s ongoing security, auditors will conduct surveillance visits every year whilst the certification is valid.

An organisation’s ISMS should be managed by duly appointed and trained information security professionals. Razorthorn can provide additional support to organisations through its CISOaaS offering.

We advise that you undertake Penetration Testing on an annual basis, or when any significant changes are made to your network or security portfolio. Penetration testing can also be used to test specific new or changed areas, such as websites or apps.

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