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In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, the importance of safeguarding critical business information cannot be overstated.

Ensuring robust information security is not only essential for protecting valuable data assets but also for maintaining compliance with ever-evolving legal and regulatory requirements. As a certified provider of ISMS (Information Security Management System) audit services, our primary objective is to assess the effectiveness of an organisation’s ISMS, identify gaps and recommend measures for improvement.

Our comprehensive ISMS assessment evaluates your organisation’s adherence to the internationally recognised ISO/IEC 27001 standard, covering all aspects of your information security management, including policies, procedures, and controls.

Your business will benefit from an enhanced security posture, with the identification of vulnerabilities and potential threats, as well as the development of mitigation strategies to strengthen your overall security framework and compliance with relevant regulations, reducing the risk of fines and penalties.

Strengthening trust with customers, partners and employees

One of the most valuable outcomes of a TechBrain ISMS audit is the improved stakeholder confidence that comes from demonstrating a strong commitment to information security.

This not only strengthens trust with customers, partners, and employees but also reinforces your business’s reputation in the industry.

Support extends beyond the audit itself, with post-audit assistance for implementing recommendations and periodic reviews to ensure ongoing compliance.

Our bespoke, scalable audits offer a flexible pricing structure, minimal disruption to your business operations and timely completion and reporting. Partner with TechBrain’s ISMS audit service to achieve your security and compliance goals.


ISMS ISO27001 audit process

The process begins with pre-audit preparations, where TechBrain conducts internal audits, reviews existing policies and procedures, and addresses any identified gaps or weaknesses in their Information Security Management System (ISMS). This stage ensures that the business is ready for the external audit process.

During stage 1 of the audit, a certified auditor assesses the IT documentation to ensure what has been prepared meets the requirements of ISO27001. This includes reviewing policies, procedures, risk assessments, and other relevant documents that demonstrate the organisation’s commitment to information security. The auditor also evaluates the overall readiness for the next stage of the audit process.

Stage 2 involves an on-site audit, during which the lead auditor conducts a thorough assessment of the organisation’s ISMS implementation. This includes examining the effectiveness of security controls, verifying that the risk treatment measures are appropriate, and ensuring that the organisation’s security practices align with its documented policies and procedures.

Upon the completion of the audit, the certification body reviews the auditor’s findings and makes a certification decision. If the organisation meets the requirements, it is granted ISO27001 certification.

To maintain the certification, periodic surveillance audits are conducted, typically on an annual basis, to ensure ongoing compliance with the standard. Additionally, every three years, a recertification audit is carried out to reassess the organisation’s adherence to the standard and confirm that its ISMS continues to evolve and adapt to the ever-changing security landscape.


ISO/IEC 27001
certification standard

ISO27001 is an internationally recognised standard for managing information security within an organisation.

Developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), it provides a comprehensive framework for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continually improving an Information Security Management System (ISMS).

The primary purpose of ISO27001 is to help organisations effectively safeguard their sensitive information assets, such as intellectual property, financial data, employee records, and customer information, from various risks and threats. The standard outlines specific requirements that an organisation must adhere to and is applicable across all sectors, regardless of their size or the nature of their business.

Implementing an ISMS according to the ISO27001 standard involves identifying and assessing potential information security risks, establishing policies and procedures to mitigate those risks, and implementing appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information assets.

Key elements of an ISMS

An Information Security Management System (ISMS) is a systematic approach to managing and protecting sensitive information assets within an organisation.

It encompasses a robust set of policies, procedures, and technical measures tailored to an organisation’s specific risk profile.

Key elements of an ISMS include:

  • Risk assessment: Identifying, analyzing, and evaluating potential threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Risk treatment: Implementing appropriate measures to mitigate identified risks.
  • Policies and procedures: Establishing clear guidelines and protocols for information security.
  • Awareness and training: Educating employees on security best practices and their roles in safeguarding information.
  • Incident management: Detecting, responding to, and recovering from security incidents.
  • Continuous monitoring: Regularly evaluating the effectiveness of security measures.
  • Continuous improvement: Updating and enhancing the ISMS to maintain its relevance and effectiveness.

Importance of ISO27001 for Information Security Management

By implementing an Information Security Management System (ISMS) based on ISO27001, organisations can systematically identify and mitigate risks, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their information assets.

Achieving ISO27001 certification demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to robust security practices, fostering trust with customers, partners, and stakeholders.

Additionally, it helps organisations comply with regulatory requirements, while its risk-based approach allows for efficient resource allocation and continual improvement, keeping security measures relevant in a rapidly evolving cyber landscape.


Benefits of ISO27001

Regulatory Compliance

Achieving ISO27001 certification aids in meeting regulatory compliance requirements, as it is recognised and accepted by various regulators and governing bodies worldwide.

Customer Trust
Certification also fosters increased customer trust, as it signals that an organisation is dedicated to safeguarding its customers’ data, adhering to best practices in information security management.

Competitive Advantage

ISO27001 certification offers a competitive advantage, setting certified organisations apart from competitors that may lack the same level of commitment to information security. This advantage can be particularly significant in industries where data protection is a critical concern.

Improved Risk Management
As its risk-based approach ensures that resources are allocated efficiently and that security measures are tailored to the organization’s specific context and risk profile, fostering a culture of continuous improvement in information security management.


What is the difference between ISO 27001 and ISMS?

SO 27001 is an international standard that provides a framework and requirements for implementing an Information Security Management System (ISMS). It serves as a guideline for organisations to establish, maintain, and improve their information security practices.

On the other hand, an ISMS is the actual system within an organisation that consists of policies, procedures, and technical and organisational measures designed to manage and protect sensitive information assets. In essence, ISO 27001 sets the standard for information security management, while the ISMS is the practical implementation of those standards within an organisation.

What is the purpose of the ISO/IEC 27001 certification?

The purpose of ISO/IEC 27001 certification is to demonstrate an organisation’s commitment to robust information security practices by implementing a comprehensive Information Security Management System (ISMS) aligned with the standard, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive information assets while mitigating risks.

What's the difference between ISO 27001 compliance and certification?

ISO 27001 compliance refers to an organisation’s adherence to the standard’s requirements and best practices without formal recognition. Certification, on the other hand, is a formal acknowledgment from an accredited certification body that the organisation has successfully implemented an ISMS and met the stringent criteria of the standard.

What types of organisations can benefit from ISO/IEC 27001 certification?

Organisations of all sizes and industries can benefit from ISO/IEC 27001 certification, as it demonstrates a commitment to robust information security practices.

Does ISO/IEC 27001 certification apply to specific industries or sectors?

No, ISO/IEC 27001 certification is not limited to specific industries or sectors. It is a globally recognized standard for information security management that can be applied to organisations of any size, type, or industry, as long as they handle sensitive information and aim to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their information assets.

What factors affect the cost of obtaining ISO/IEC 27001 certification?

Several factors can affect the cost of obtaining ISO/IEC 27001 certification, including:

Organisation size: Larger organisations with more employees and complex information systems typically require more resources and time to implement and maintain an ISMS, leading to higher costs.

Current security posture: If an organisation’s existing information security practices align closely with the requirements of ISO 27001, the implementation costs may be lower.

Scope of certification: The complexity and extent of the organisation’s operations and the systems involved in the certification process can impact the cost.

Consulting and training: Engaging external consultants or investing in employee training to understand and implement ISO 27001 requirements can contribute to the overall cost.

Certification body fees: Fees charged by the accredited certification body for conducting the audit and issuing the certification may vary.

Maintenance costs: Ongoing costs related to ISMS maintenance, surveillance audits, and recertification every three years should be considered.

Are there any ongoing costs associated with maintaining ISO/IEC 27001 certification?

Yes, maintaining ISO/IEC 27001 certification involves ongoing costs such as annual surveillance audits, recertification every three years, ISMS maintenance and improvement, employee training, and investment in software and tools to ensure compliance and effectiveness of the ISMS.