Whip your information security into shape with ISO 27001

A simple, 9-step checklist for implementing one of the best and most popular information security standards around — and it works for any size business

Every company has sensitive data that needs to be protected. Securing information properly is a challenge that requires careful management of people and assets through the application of clear policies and procedures. Unfortunately, many businesses lack the expertise needed to ensure that information security is a reality.

Researchers at Digital Shadows found more than 12 petabytes of data, including medical data, payroll information, and intellectual property, is accessible online. That’s more than 1.5 billion files that organizations all over the world have accidentally made publicly available or exposed due to unmanaged devices or misconfiguration. The potential cost of data loss is enormous, so it’s vital that companies act to whip their information security into shape.

What is ISO 27001 and what can it do for you?

The International Standardization Organization (ISO) published ISO 27001 to teach businesses of any size how to manage information security. It offers a methodology devised by the world’s top InfoSec experts. Follow it and you’ll learn what risks are lurking out there and exactly what you need to do to neutralize them.

There are many potential benefits to adopting ISO 27001. The standard will help you comply with regulations and contractual requirements. Certification is a clear signal to everyone you do business with that you take data security seriously and that their data is safe with you.

If you can reduce the risk of incidents, you can save your company a lot of money – the cost of implementing ISO 27001 is a lot lower than the cost of a data breach. By defining procedures and processes properly, it will also help you to build a more robust and organized company where people understand what needs to be done and who is responsible for doing it.

How to implement ISO 27001

Now that you’re convinced of the value of ISO 27001, let’s break it down into nine digestible steps for implementation.

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