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ISO 27001

ISO 27001 is the International Standard for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS). It is based largely upon the previously adopted BS 7799 used commonly since 1995 for managing information security.


ISO 27001

ISO 27001 provides the framework for a technology neutral, vendor-neutral management system that enables an organisation to assure itself that its information security measures are effective. This includes the continued accessibility, confidentiality and integrity of its own information and that of its stakeholders as well as legal compliance.

Implementation of ISO 27001 is an ideal response to legal requirements and potential security threats such as:

  • Vandalism / terrorism

  • Fire

  • Misuse

  • Theft

  • Viral attack

ISO 27001 is structured to be easily compatible with other management systems standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Whilst there are some clause numbering differences, common elements include documentation, review and audit requirements, enabling an organisation to develop a largely integrated management system. Whilst modern communication mediums mean that most ISMS systems are focused on ICT, ISO 27001 is equally applicable to other forms of information, such as paper records, images, and even conversations.

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