Why ISO/IEC 27001 Certification really matters

In today’s digitally enabled world, where data breaches and cyber threats are sadly becoming increasingly prevalent safeguarding sensitive information has never been more crucial. Whether you’re a small startup or a multinational corporation, maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your data is paramount.

This is where ISO/IEC 27001 certification comes into play, offering a globally recognised, standardised framework, which is a mark of quality.

ISO standards are internationally agreed by experts

Its good to think of ISO standards as a formula that describes the best way of doing something. In our case at Platform 365 this is for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continually improving an information security management system (ISMS).

 

What is ISO 27001 certification?

Officially known as the ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management standard, it details the requirements for businesses to securely manage information assets and data to an internationally recognised standard. It provides a robust approach for managing assets such as customer and employee details, intellectual property, financial information, and third-party data.

ISO 27001 requires that organisations assess information security risks, put in place robust security controls and processes, and embed information security management across the organisation. This is not a ‘one off’ process either. To continue using the ISO mark, businesses are continually assessed to ensure they are maintaining the same high standards – a little like an annual audit, which is signed off by an independent organisation.

Benefits of buying services from an ISO 27001 certification business like Platform 365

When you’re looking to procure services from any business, most of us undertake a degree of due diligence. We may also ask for referrals and recommendations. The underlying value of working with a business that holds ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification brings a multitude of benefits and advantages. Here are the key benefits of partnering with an organisation that holds and an ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification.

  1. Heightened security confidence

Selecting a service provider with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification instills confidence in the security of the services being procured. It assures the buyer that the service provider has implemented robust information security measures, reducing the risk of data breaches, unauthorised access, and other security incidents.

  1. Simplified compliance alignment

For businesses operating in regulated industries or regions, partnering with an ISO-certified service provider simplifies compliance efforts. The buyer can align their own compliance requirements with those of the service provider, streamlining audit processes, and demonstrating adherence to industry standards and regulatory mandates.

  1. Risk mitigation

Procuring services from an ISO-certified business such as Platform 365, mitigates the risk of potential security breaches and disruptions to business operations. The standardised approach to information security management provided by ISO/IEC 27001:2013 reduces vulnerabilities, enhances resilience, and safeguards the integrity of the services delivered. Giving you peace of mind

  1. Competitive advantage

Engaging with an ISO-certified service provider gives the buyer a competitive edge. It signals to clients, partners, and stakeholders that the buyer prioritises information security and places a premium on protecting sensitive data. This can enhance the buyer’s brand reputation and differentiate them from competitors.

  1. Consistent service quality

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification emphasises the importance of continual improvement and adherence to best practices in information security management. As a result, services delivered by an ISO-certified business will exhibit a high level of consistency, reliability, and quality, meeting or exceeding customer expectations. For us at Platform 365 this is not just about systems and processes, its about our team – the personal touch too.

  1. Trust and reputation

Partnering with an ISO-certified service provider fosters trust and confidence. It demonstrates and ongoing commitment to security, integrity, and professionalism.

Why ISO certification is a big deal for customers

When it comes to selecting a service provider, choosing one that holds ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification is not just a preference—it’s a strategic imperative. Unlike businesses without this qualification, ISO-certified organisations have undergone rigorous assessments to ensure the highest standards of information security management.

By partnering with an ISO-certified business, you’re not just buying services; you’re investing in peace of mind. You can trust that your sensitive data is in safe hands, protected by industry-leading security measures and best practices. Moreover, the streamlined compliance processes and risk mitigation strategies employed by ISO-certified businesses offer unmatched reliability and resilience.

Global recognition and credibility

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is an internationally recognised standard for information security management systems. Achieving certification demonstrates that we have implemented robust security measures to protect sensitive data – ours and yours.

 

Risk management and mitigation

The ISO/IEC 27001:2013 framework emphasises a risk-based approach to information security. By conducting comprehensive risk assessments and implementing appropriate controls, organisations can identify potential threats and vulnerabilities, mitigate risks, and strengthen their security posture. This proactive approach helps prevent data breaches, financial losses, and reputational damage associated with security incidents.

Legal and regulatory compliance

With the proliferation of data protection regulations such as the GDPR, and others, organisations face increasingly stringent legal and regulatory requirements regarding the handling and protection of personal and sensitive information.

Improved operational efficiency

Implementing ISO/IEC 27001:2013 promotes greater efficiency and effectiveness in managing information security risks. By streamlining processes, standardising practices, and optimising resource allocation, enables us to advice and guide clients with best practices, so they can achieve the same benefits, enabling improved efficiencies and performance.

Trust and satisfaction

We are all increasingly cautious about sharing personal information with organisations. ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification reassures everyone that their data is being handled responsibly and securely, fostering trust and confidence. This leads to increased customer satisfaction, loyalty, and positive word-of-mouth referrals.

You benefit from continuous improvement

As mentioned earlier ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is not a one-time achievement but rather continual improvement. The standard emphasises the importance of regularly monitoring and reviewing, to address emerging threats, changing business needs, and evolving regulatory requirements.

At Platform 365 we have embraced a culture of continuous improvement, and are nimble to staying ahead of potential security risks and adapt to new challenges.

ISO is more that just a badge of excellence

There is no doubt that achieving ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification is a significant milestone for any organisation committed to protecting its sensitive information assets. It provides global recognition, that we are very proud of, and its testament to our commitment to quality, consistency, and customer satisfaction.

Imbedding the process of ISO, it’s now part of our DNA and the way we behave internally across our team, but also how we approach our work with clients, giving them comfort, trust and consistency.