What are ISO standards?

October 10th, 2022 Posted in ISO 22301, ISO 27001

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), is an independent, non-government organisation. It brings together experts in order to develop standards that support innovation and provide solutions on an international scale.​ Headquartered in Geneva, it is the world’s largest developer of voluntary organisational standards worldwide. It has produced nearly 24,000 International Standards for organisations since 1947.

ISO comprises a network of national standards bodies in 165 countries. Providing specifications and requirements for products and services, ISO aims to ensure good practice. It also aims to increase efficiency and effectiveness across businesses and industries globally.

Why Should Your Organisation Get ISO Certification?

Gaining ISO certification is effectively getting a stamp of approval from a third-party certification body. It shows your key internal and external stakeholders that your organisation has a structured, proactive and efficient approach to the management of information security aligned with internationally recognised best practice.

Maintaining certification proves your ongoing commitment to continually improving your internal processes. It gives your stakeholders confidence and reassurance that you appropriately protect the information entrusted to you. 

What Is ISO 9001?

ISO 9001
The most globally recognised QMS Standard. It provides a framework that helps organisations ensure that they consistently provide products and services that meet the requirements and needs of their customers. Ultimately, it aims to facilitate opportunities to improve customer satisfaction. It is applicable to any organisation regardless of size, geographical location and spread, or industry. It aims to promote consistency, efficiency and efficacity.

What Is ISO 27001?

ISO 27001
This is the international standard for information security.

It sets out the specifications for an Information Security Management System (ISMS) through a number of clauses and controls.

It is recognised internationally and certifies that your organisation follows information security best practices in its widest application.

What Is ISO 22301?

22301
The international standard for Business Continuity Management (BCM). Designed to help organisations identify, formalise and agree with their business recovery requirements.

Effective management of a BCM System will help businesses protect their income stream post-incident. It will also minimise the risk of financial, operational and reputational impact to an acceptable level, and potentially avoid financial and regulatory penalties.

 

Benefits of ISO 27001 Certification

> Promotes an information security awareness culture within the organisation

> It may give you the edge over another organisation that is not certified when bidding for new business

> It may help avoid financial penalties & losses associated with security breaches

> It shows you have implemented good or best practices in your ISMS

> It may help secure business from security-conscious clients

… more benefits here

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Want To Learn More?

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