The cost of ISO 27001 certification and the difference between compliance and certification

What is the cost of ISO 27001 and what are the differences between compliance and certification.

This article will examine the cost of obtaining ISO 27001 certification and the finer details between compliance and certification. We will look at the different recognised bodies certifying for ISO 27001 and the options available.

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What is ISO 27001 certification?

ISO 27001, as explained in our ‘What is ISO 27001’ article, is a widely-recognised standard created by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) that deals with information security management and the handling of data and information security risks.

Organisations implementing ISO 27001 commonly learn a great deal about their business and their information-handling procedures whilst improving their processes and enhancing their reputation with partners and customers.

The process of ISO 27001 implementation can help your organisation to formally organise their information security procedures and improve overall confidentiality, integrity and availability from top to bottom. In the long run, ISO 27001 certification can save you time and money and help you to gain new business leads.

What is the difference between ISO 27001 compliance and ISO 27001 certification?

ISO 27001, as explained in our ‘What is ISO 27001’ article, is a widely-recognised standard created by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) that deals with information security management and the handling of data and information security risks.

Organisations implementing ISO 27001 commonly learn a great deal about their business and their information-handling procedures whilst improving their processes and enhancing their reputation with partners and customers.

The process of ISO 27001 implementation can help your organisation to formally organise their information security procedures and improve overall confidentiality, integrity and availability from top to bottom. In the long run, ISO 27001 certification can save you time and money and help you to gain new business leads.

Who can certify me for ISO 27001?

ISO 27001, as explained in our ‘What is ISO 27001’ article, is a widely-recognised standard created by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) that deals with information security management and the handling of data and information security risks.

Organisations implementing ISO 27001 commonly learn a great deal about their business and their information-handling procedures whilst improving their processes and enhancing their reputation with partners and customers.

The process of ISO 27001 implementation can help your organisation to formally organise their information security procedures and improve overall confidentiality, integrity and availability from top to bottom. In the long run, ISO 27001 certification can save you time and money and help you to gain new business leads.

What is the process of certification for ISO 27001?

ISO 27001, as explained in our ‘What is ISO 27001’ article, is a widely-recognised standard created by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) that deals with information security management and the handling of data and information security risks.

Organisations implementing ISO 27001 commonly learn a great deal about their business and their information-handling procedures whilst improving their processes and enhancing their reputation with partners and customers.

 

The process of ISO 27001 implementation can help your organisation to formally organise their information security procedures and improve overall confidentiality, integrity and availability from top to bottom. In the long run, ISO 27001 certification can save you time and money and help you to gain new business leads.

What are the ISO 27001 certification requirements?

Overall, the ISO 27001 standard has over 200 different requirements. The requirements are outlined in the Annex A document and are all indicated by the word ‘shall.’ Any sentence starting with ‘shall’ contains a process your organisation must have in place for certification to be achieved. An example of this is section 6.1.2 a) of ISO 27001:

There are four different requirements discussed in the above extract that are:

  • An information security risk assessment process must be defined
  • An information security risk assessment process must be applied
  • The process must establish and maintain criteria to guide the decision on which risks to accept
  • The process must establish and maintain criteria to guide decisions on when to perform a risk assessment.

How much does ISO 27001 certification cost?

Looking at the cost of ISO 27001 certification can initially be quite daunting. Several unknowns and many things about the certification you may not understand make it harder to gauge the cost. But in reality, there are only a few different costs to consider when starting the journey to certification.

If you’re still struggling to understand the different costs of ISO 27001 certification, you may want to use our unique ISO 27001 Cost Calculator. Visit the link and fill out a few short questions, and we will give you an estimate of the total cost as well as a full cost breakdown sent to your email.

Elisabeth Belisle

Elisabeth Belisle

Elisabeth is an Associate Consultant of the British Standards Institute (BSI), a BSI qualified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor and member of the Standard Committee responsible for the publication of the BS 10008 Standard.

Elisabeth can help you decide if ISO 27001 is for you and support you through its implementation, all the way to certification.

Adam Pope

Adam Pope

Adam is a systems administrator for Digital Octopii and the ISO 27001 certification toolkit. Adam handles the information security and consistency of the ISO 27001 toolkit, setting an example for how data and information should be handled under ISO 27001 guidelines.

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