Did you know that having a business plan can lead to a 30% increase in growth? This positive statistic shows that the rewards will be plentiful for those willing to invest time and attention into different areas of operations.

With 58% of CEOs citing cyber breaches as one of their main concerns, planning for high performance must also consider how companies can protect their assets from digital threats. Adopting ISO certifications is a popular way to achieve just that, as one of the top ways to eliminate risk is by aligning with compliance measures that allow constant monitoring of a company’s IT network. ISO 27001 is essential for keeping ISMS safe and successful due to its wide-reaching controls.

If you have considered getting ISO 27001 certified and are overwhelmed by how many requirements there are in ISO 27001, you have likely clicked on this blog, hoping to find out that it isn’t as complex as it may seem. With the right planning and implementation process, ISO 27001 can be successful for any business, so understanding how long the getting ready stage will likely take is important to factor into wider planning.

Keep reading to find out the answer to that question and to learn what the process may look like for your business.

What Is ISO 27001?

Before you even tackle the implementation of this popular ISO standard, you should take the time to understand what it covers to ensure its right for your organisation.

ISO 27001 (Information Security) is a certificate of compliance covering Information Security Management. The controls cover all aspects to do with people, processes, and technology concerning the sharing and accessing of information. Businesses with this accreditation can work more confidently by promoting a constant awareness of Information Security Management Systems. ISO 27001 is required for ISMS of all sizes which is another reason that the certification has global notoriety. With the requirements offering full alignment to individual business models, companies can tailor the control measures to work with their networks which improves success rates.

We often get asked if a company needs Cyber Essentials if they are ISO 27001 certified. The short answer is no, but it doesn’t hurt to have both. The main benefit of ISO 27001 is that it covers people, processes, and systems by implementing a clear structure everyone must follow. By covering all areas of information security, ISO 27001 can mitigate risk and save money in the long run. People also often want to know if ISO 9001 or ISO 27001 is right for their business to which we respond that both are brilliant but it’s worth understanding what each covers. ISO 9001 covers quality management whereas ISO 27001 covers information management. While both have crossovers, 9001 is more ideal for product-based companies whereas ISO 27001 offers benefits for all industries and sectors.

Last but not least, one of the reasons that companies choose to become compliant is that anyone can check if a company is ISO 27001 certified online making for a strong brand leverage against competitors and when entering new markets.

Click the link to learn more about what ISO 27001 is all about.

Why Is It Important to Not Rush ISO 27001 Implementation?

Why Is It Important to Not Rush ISO 27001 Implementation?

While we will provide you with an estimation of how long it takes to get your company ISO 27001 ready in the next section, we understand this looks different for every business. Even though you may be able to steam through some stages if that aspect is already covered, it is vital that you do not rush through if your company is not 100% ready. This is important for the following reasons:

  • The devil is in the detail and any aspects not properly defined or gaps within your network will lead to failed audits which costs both time and money.
  • ISO 27001 is so effective as it is not subject to becoming outdated. This means that the best way to tackle the latest cyber threats is with 100% compliance. Rushing the implementation may leave areas in a weak position that lessen the entire network resilience.
  • Knowledge is also key as ISO 27001 covers people. Rushing it may cause disparities within the company culture and level of adherence that a business can demonstrate.

What Factors Will Impact How Long It Takes to Implement ISO 27001?

The cost of the ISO 27001 certification is a big investment for companies, so having a clear view of an organisation impacts the implementation phase.

Aspects such as the company size, nature of operations, age of the business, employee support and current alignment with some of the controls of ISO 27001 all impact the adoption phase.

How Long Do the ISO 27001 Implementation Stages Take?

Generally speaking, we estimate that it will take a business between 2-5 months to implement ISO 27001 processes before auditing can take place. This consists of the following:

          1.Understanding the scope (Estimate 2 weeks to 1 month)

The first stage of implementation is understanding the entire ISO 27001 scope and how your business will need to change to be compliant. You may choose to either work with an ISO expert for this or do your own research using official materials found online.

The scope will also be unique to your business. An example of this may be if you have lots of customer data to management. ISO 27001 covers aspects of GDPR so you may need to define what you need to achieve from the certificate and how it will impact data.

         2.Undertake a gap analysis (Estimate 1 month to 2 months)

With the scope understood, a detailed gap analysis needs to take place. This will assess where your business is at versus where it needs to be. During this time, every aspect of the company needs to be audited to create an image of what your ISMS looks like and how it needs to change.

Even though ISO 27001 does not require formal penetration testing, it is a good idea to undertake it as this provides one of the best indications of where an ISMS is weak. This combined with the option of also vulnerability testing is one of the reasons that some people consider ISO 27001 to be better than Cyber Essentials Plus.

        3.Implement fixes (Estimate 1 month)

If the gap analysis has been successful, a clear list of actions should be available. It is essential that these fixes are added in accordance to the ISO standard to ensure they will be audit ready. These fixes should be made and tested as if an official audit was taking place.

        4.Define and publish processes  (Estimate 1 month to 2 months)

Now that you have all of the fixes added and understandings derived from the gap analysis, the official ISO-compliant processes must be created and published. This needs to take into account company operations, people, audit requirements and future-proofing aspects which ensure less work is needed to maintain ISO certifications.

How Can Creative Networks Support the ISO 27001 Implementation Process?

How Can Creative Networks Support the ISO 27001 Implementation Process?

At Creative Networks, we offer a complete ISO 27001 service ranging from initial gap analysis to process implementation that must meet strict ISO standards. This means you have an expert team on-hand to help you implement ISO processes that will keep your business compliant for the full term of certification.

 To learn more about how we can support your business, please contact us today. If ISO is in the pipeline, there is no better time than the present to start implementing the processes and structures needed for audit success. It will save your business time and money plus ensure everyone is informed correctly on the new processes to adhere with.

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