To protect the sensitive data within an information security management system (ISMS), organizations should consider the comprehensive information security standard, published by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 27001. This audit is a standardized-industry approach used to define and validate the processes and controls of an ISMS.
Before conducting the ISO 27001 audit, an organization must use an ISMS and have implemented processes and controls. Once criteria are met, a third-party security firm and certification body (CB) can audit the organization, assessing the conformity of the ISMS with a documented standard.
When identifying the needs of the certificate and selecting a CB, it’s imperative to understand the main differences between accredited and unaccredited CBs. Any information security firm can conduct an ISO 27001 certification audit but not all audits are equal.
There are very few U.S. based information security firms accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), A-LIGN included, that can issue accredited ISO 27001 certificates.
This qualification is significant because the CB must undergo a rigorous evaluation process to ensure that the audit is being performed in compliance with the International Organization for Standardization’s requirements. During the evaluation process, ANAB assesses the competence of the CB, its audit team, and the methodology. Thus, the board can ensure the quality of procedures required to execute a proper audit and a subsequent report.
By selecting an Accredited ISO 27001 Certification Body, such as A-LIGN, organizations are guaranteed that the audit will be performed in an exceptional manner and will be compliant with official ISO standards.
Besides recognizing the benefits of using an accredited CB, organizations should also understand the difference between an accredited and unaccredited certificate and how it can affect an organization and its clients.
An accredited certificate may be required if a client contractually obligates an organization to become ISO 27001 certified. Other organizations can also use an accredited certification to gain a competitive advantage within their industry.
When an organization is issued an accredited certificate, it contains the seal of the third-party CB and the seal of the accreditation body. At A-LIGN, each accredited certificate issued contains the ANAB seal, which demonstrates and validates that the certificate released complies with the ISO requirements for the ISO 27001 certification audits.
Recognized worldwide, accredited certificates will be accepted by an organization’s clients and potential clients as a valid demonstration of the conformity of their ISMS with ISO 27001.
Once completed, organizations want to reap the most benefits of their audit while continuing to exceed the expectations of their clients with regards to information security. Organizations can meet both initiatives through an accredited certification.
As an ANAB-accredited certification body, A-LIGN welcomes any questions regarding ISO 27001 or the certification process. For more information, please contact one of our certified ISO 27k lead auditors at 888-702-5446 or via email at [email protected].