Business owners have to make a lot of tough decisions in today’s world. Addressing internal staff issues, liaising with clients, and dealing with members of the general public, all while keeping operational costs down and maximising profits. Simply keeping atop of everything you must do can be a real challenge, making it easy to overlook something.
This is especially true when it comes to the business’ internal information security. The ‘out of sight, out of mind’ principle can easily come into play here, with business owners not fully recognising a potential information security threat as an issue to their operations until it has outright affected their business ventures. This kind of backwards approach, of not dealing with an information security issue until there is a problem that needs addressing, can lead to a number of problems for organisations, as they will have to allocate resources, money and time towards fixing a problem that they would have preferred not to occur in the first place.
ISO 27001 curbs these issues before they become a problem
For this very reason, it is worthwhile for business’ to look at implementing the internationally recognised ISO 27001 Standards, an Information Security Management System, within their operations. This international information security standard provides companies with real-time solutions to potential information security threats, and works at ensuring the continuity of their business’ daily dealings by conducting periodic checks to ensure that the organisation is running safely, smoothly, and that any potential information security vulnerabilities are quickly dealt with.
Specifically, it gives the business a clear, well-documented set of guidelines to follow in the event of either an actual or potential information security breach, in which they can follow a demonstrably successful set of documented procedures to work at mitigating the issue. This kind of logical, systematic approach to dealing with potential information security issues ensures that business’ are immediately able to work at addressing both internal and external threats, as they are provided with clear guidelines about what steps to follow. This saves times for business management having to conduct meetings about the issue, how to handle it and attempting to devise their own solution to the problem.
ISO 27001 assures your business that its Information Security policy is a sure thing
Do you know what can undermine an information security system that your business has spent lots of time and effort implementing? A single information security breach. That’s right, just one. When it comes to business information security, overlooking a single potential threat or not cataloguing something correctly can have a snowball effect that threatens the security of the whole operations.
For one, a single instance of an information security breach can bring the stability of the organisation’s entire information security system into question. How can stakeholders, clients and customers be assured that there will not be a repeat incident? Something like this can threaten the overall reputation of a business, and the ISO 27001 Standards employ preventative measures to ensure that it never gets to this stage in the first place.
This is achieved by providing easy to follow guidelines which work at upholding a business’ information security by ensuring that there are no potential vulnerabilities, policy gaps or weak spots that could potentially be exploited. An added benefit to the implementation of the ISO 27001 Standards is that it provides a one-stop solution to business information security. While there may be other business information security services available to implement, they may focus their services on a single, specific area of business information security, such as Information Technology.
This means that to ensure that all aspects of your business’ information security are protected, you would have to implement several independent security systems, some of which may provide a singular approach that is not compatible with others. However, the standards found within ISO 27001 provide an all-in-one approach to business information security, by addressing your business’ requirements overall, and focusing on mitigating information security risks for every possible area of the business. This unified approach simplifies the task of business information security and ensures that your business can continue to conduct operations with minimal downtime caused by potential information security threats.
What business’ will benefit from ISO 27001?
Does your business have confidential staff, client and customer data that it needs to protect? Does your business have valuable company information that needs to be safeguarded from non-authorised people accessing it? Quite simply, if your organisation is in the business of working with confidential information that needs to be protected, then it stands to benefit from the implementation of the ISO 27001 Standards. No matter how big or small your operations are, the ISO 27001 Standards can be tailored to the specifics of your operations, to ensure that your business’ valuable information security is protected.
ISO 27001 is an accepted global security standard in all industries, so regardless of the complexities of your operations or how unique its business style is, if it needs to protect any form of confidential business data, then it would be advantageous for it to implement the ISO 27001 Standards.
An ISO 27001 accreditation is a real credit for your business
The ISO 27001 Standards are internationally recognised as the leader for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) within organisations. Getting accredited to these standards demonstrates that your business has a commitment towards upholding strong information security ideals, that the confidentiality of client data is one of your priorities, and that your business is willing to go above and beyond to achieve industry compliance in business information security. This works at instilling stakeholders and potential customers with confidence when it comes to dealing with you, which in turn can lead to an increased profit margin.
If this discussion about the strong information security standards that ISO 27001 implements within business’ has left you wanting to find out more, then please RSVP for a free Webinar on The Importance of Information Security in the Workplace, which will be held on Thursday, the 5th of November, at 11am – 12:00pm. It will be hosted by Anita Patturajan, the director of Anitech Group, and feature two Senior ISMS Consultants as speakers, who will be able to provide you with an introductory overview of this topic. Please go to the SEMMA website to RSVP, for free.
Is your business looking at taking some steps towards strengthened information security, increased customer satisfaction, and higher stakeholder confidence? If so, please get in contact with Anitech Information security consultants on 1300 802 163. They will be able to discuss with you the various ways in which your business stands to benefit from these standards, how they can be implemented at your organisation in a smooth, hassle-free manner, and what aspects of the standards could be best tailored to your business. Doesn’t this sound like a secure bet?
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