We understand the pressures of running an organisation whilst also trying to maintain compliance and protect your company from unexpected disasters. There are certain standards and certifications that an organisation can adopt to make their business a little more safe and secure and that’s where ISO 27001 and ISO 22301 come in.
We at Creative Networks are experts in managed services, so you don’t have to go through the processes alone. We’re here to help your business be more efficient, so you can focus on what really matters in your organisation and its core values, and let us worry about implementing a standard that is going to protect it.
What is ISO 27001?
The primary focus of ISO 27001 is the concern of information security in a business. It provides a framework for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving the Information Security Management Systems within your organisation. The goal of ISO 27001 is to ensure the information given to you by your employees and customers is kept confidential, the integrity is protected and that it stays within your organisation, without leaks. It does this by taking into account your business’s risk management processes.
The standard covers areas such as leadership, planning, support, operation, performance evaluation and continual improvement. Achieving ISO 27001 certification can bring several benefits to an organisation, including enhanced information security, increased trust from customers and stakeholders, compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and improved overall business resilience.
What is ISO 22301?
ISO 22301, on the other hand, is centred around business continuity management. It provides a framework for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving a Business Continuity Management System within your organisation. The main objective of ISO 22301 is to help businesses, like yours, prepare for and respond to disruptive incidents, ensuring the continuity of critical business functions.
This essential part of operational planning is the very aspect that will keep your business operating when faced with difficult situations that are outside of its control, helping you to maintain your business integrity. At Creative Networks, we offer a dual service that gives you the processes needed to pass ISO 22301 and the daily IT infrastructure that facilitates safe operations and we can help you get your ISO 22301 certification.
With business continuity procedures in place, things that we out of your control could have a detrimental effect on your business. Things such as another pandemic, the existing cost of living crisis and any other problems that arise could cause businesses of all sizes to be drastically shaken.
Is Cyber Essentials the same as ISO 22301? Not quite but they’re similar. Cyber Essentials is great for smaller companies or newer organisations looking to take the first steps into safe online operations. The cost is lower, but there are some added responsibilities if you want to meet the same level of operating safety as ISO 22301. However, with the right team members and support from an IT agency, complete online safety can be achieved.
The key differences between ISO 27001 and ISO 22301
To conclude the key differences between the two, ISO 27001 focuses on information security and ISO 22301 focuses on business continuity management. ISO 27001 aims to protect information from security threats such as cyber-attacks, whereas ISO 22301 ensures your business can continue during and after disruptive incidents, acting as a lifeline.
These are both international standards developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation and the International Electrotechnical Commission, providing a globally recognised framework for security management.
For more advice and information on what is best for your business, our experts at Creative Networks can help and guide you to implement international standards to protect your organisation.
Can ISO 27001 and ISO 22301 be used together?
While the two have different focuses for a business, there can be areas of overlap. Often, organisations find it beneficial to integrate elements of both standards into a comprehensive management system that addresses both information security and business continuity.
Again, if you need more guidance on which approach is best for your business needs, one of our experts at Creative Networks is here to help. We are experts in evaluating businesses and following a risk management process to put standards in place to help to protect your business and keep your reputation intact.
Organisations, just like yours, can get certification for compliance in both of these standards, ISO 27001 and ISO 22301. Doing this demonstrated to others that your organisation has implemented and maintains effective management systems in the respective areas and is a trusted and reliable organisation to invest in or use.
At Creative Networks, we are big believers that ISO compliance implementation has the power to transform cyber security for all businesses. With that in mind, we are sure you want to know how to secure this highly awarded ISO certification and we’re here to help. ISO compliance is what we do and we know it very well.
In terms of our ISO 22301 services, we can help with any stage of implementation of long-term management. The process can be managed internally but by working with an external agency full of experts like ours, you are adding a specialist set of eyes. This can be the difference between an issue being captured and one slipping through the net and causing your business problems.
So, who are we? We are Creative Networks, a company established in 2005 by the current managing director after having worked in the industry for many years. It became apparent that the way forward for businesses was to offer managed services, with a focus on making businesses more efficient, rather than using untrained staff members or having to employ or train staff in areas that aren’t core to the business.
Creative Networks has embraced changes in the IT sector for over 15 years and continues to do so today, whilst helping businesses function better. Shortly after inception, we were met with steady growth whilst working closely in the automotive, professional services and manufacturing sectors.
Maintaining industry standards is vital to us and our customers can vouch for us. We have helped many organisations work more efficiently and safely to maintain a good reputation whilst they focus on their business’s main objectives. Meet our leadership team to get to know more about who we are and what we do and feel free to contact us with any questions.
The benefits of managed services
Why choose to outsource? There are so many benefits to choosing a professional organisation to oversee your business’s processes and here are just some of them:
- Expertise in an area that you aren’t familiar with
- Saves you from having to train or employ people to do the job
- Frees you and your employees up to focus on the business’s main core values
- Is good value for money
- Provides you with peace of mind
- Reduced operational costs
- Minimise downtime
- Ensures your company’s needs are met
- Improved IT support business-wide.
To conclude, ISO 27001 is all about safeguarding information within your organisation so your business and customers’ information is protected and secure. ISO 22301 is all about ensuring your business continuity in the case of disruptions or disasters out of your control such as a pandemic. Depending on your organisation’s needs, you may choose to implement one or both of these standards and we’re here to help make the process as smooth as possible for you.
Choose Creative Network to manage your security standards, alleviate the pressure from you, and your employees and save yourself from having to employ an in-house team. Leave it in the hands of the experts to make sure your business is secure and protected with the right international standards implemented correctly.