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Short answer: nobody is required to be ISO 27001 certified, but this standard can be extremely useful if your organisation is looking to protect against cyberattacks and reassure customers that their private information is in safe hands.

ISO 27001 Information Security

ISO/IEC 27001 – commonly shortened to ISO 27001 – is the global standard for information security management systems. Organisations of all sizes and across all sectors can obtain ISO 27001 certification by implementing a compliant information security management system (ISMS) and verifying it through an accredited certification body.

While organisations are not required to hold ISO 27001 certification, there's a good reason why tens of thousands of organisations worldwide have seen fit to get certified. Following the ISO/IEC 27001 framework will grant your business the following benefits:

  • Stronger protection against data leaks and cyberattacks
  • Greater peace of mind for your customers / clients / stakeholders
  • Reduced costs thanks to more efficient information security practices

You may even find that an ISO 27001 certificate opens up new opportunities for your organisation, because it's proof of your security credentials and that can be very attractive to potential customers.


Who is ISO 27001 suitable for?

ISO 27001 is applicable to organisations of all sizes, from all economic sectors, in all parts of the world. The standard is designed to be scalable and universally applicable, so no matter what industry you're in – and regardless of whether you're a sole trader or a multinational corporation – you should find that ISO 27001 is a good fit.

Cyberattacks are sadly becoming commonplace across all industries, so don't make the mistake of assuming that ISO 27001 is just for IT companies. In this ultra-connected age, all businesses should be thinking carefully about the information they process and how to keep it safe. Whatever your business is, implementing a robust ISMS is a must.

If you want to obtain ISO 27001 certification for your organisation, contact ISO Accelerator today. We can help you to get certified online, minimising costs and time expenditure.

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