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Strengthen Your Data Security with ISO 27001 



In recent years, data security has become a critical concern for businesses of all sizes. Cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and businesses need to be proactive to safeguard their digital and information assets.  

ISO 27001 is a widely recognised international standard that provides a framework for managing and securing sensitive data. In this blog, we’ll explore how the ISO standard, and its related controls, can help your business protect against cyber threats and prepare for the future. 

Understanding Security Frameworks 

A security framework is a structured approach to managing security risks. It involves identifying and assessing assets, establishing boundaries, managing risks, and identifying incidents that could have an impact on the business.

The implementation of a security framework is crucial in the protection of data, especially in the case of sensitive data. There are several different frameworks that businesses can implement, including ISO and NIST.  

How ISO 27001 Controls Can Help You with Ransomware 

Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts a victim’s files, rendering them inaccessible until a ransom is paid. Ransomware attacks have become more prevalent, and they can be devastating to businesses. ISO 27001 controls can help businesses identify and respond to weaknesses that could leave them vulnerable to ransomware attacks.  

Updates to ISO 27001 Controls for 2022 

In October 2022, ISO 27001 controls were updated to reflect changes in the threat landscape and the need for businesses to stay ahead of the curve. The controls were reorganised into four key areas: organisational controls, people, physical, and technological controls.  

The number of controls were reduced as part of the update, with new controls added tp reflect the changing information security landscape, including the importance of threat intelligence, monitoring activities, and information that’s going to be deleted.  

Here, we’ll explore the changes and how they can help your business stay ahead of emerging threats. The new controls are designed to provide a more comprehensive approach to data security, with a focus on identifying and managing risks before they can cause harm. 

Organisational Controls: 

The organisational controls section of the updated standard includes several new controls, including the need for an information security policy that aligns with the organisation’s objectives and the identification of information assets and their associated risks. There is also a new requirement for regular reviews of the information security management system (ISMS) to ensure it remains effective and relevant. 

People Controls: 

The people controls section of the updated standard focuses on the human element of data security, including the need for awareness training for all employees and the importance of access controls to ensure that only authorised individuals have access to sensitive data. The updated controls also highlight the need for clear roles and responsibilities for information security management. 

Physical Controls: 

The physical controls section of the updated standard includes several new controls, including the need for secure disposal of information assets and the importance of monitoring and controlling access to physical locations where data is stored. The updated standard also includes new requirements for physical security incident management. 

Technological Controls: 

The technological controls section of the updated standard includes several new controls, including the importance of threat intelligence to inform risk management decisions and the need for monitoring activities to detect and respond to potential security incidents. The updated controls also highlight the importance of data backup and recovery in the event of a security breach. 

Strengthening Your Data Security 

Overall, the updates to the ISO 27001 controls for 2022 provide businesses with a more comprehensive approach to data security, with a focus on identifying and managing risks before they can cause harm. By implementing these controls, businesses can strengthen their data security posture and prepare for the future of cyber threats. 

ISO 27001 controls are an essential framework for businesses looking to safeguard their information assets. The standard provides a comprehensive approach to managing security risks and responding to incidents. By implementing ISO 27001 controls and regularly monitoring your security posture, your business can stay ahead of emerging threats and better prepare for the future.  

The world of cybersecurity is constantly evolving, and by staying up to date with ISO 27001 controls, your business can be better equipped and future proofed.  

If you are considering ISO 27001 certification for your organisation, get in contact if we can be of any help.    

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