Achieving ISO 27001 – the international gold standard

Receiving ISO 27001 certificate

Since our formation back in 2008, we’ve become one of the leading managed IT services providers in London. Over the years, one of the main questions we’ve heard from clients is: “how do we protect our business from cyberattacks?”. Undoubtedly, security has become an increasingly important aspect of our work. Today, we advise and guide organisations about ways to keep their data, IT infrastructure, business, brand, and reputation safe.

But, here at totality services we don’t just talk the talk, we like to walk the walk.

So, we’re delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded the ISO 27001 certification. We are extremely proud to report that all the hard work from our team (led by company co-founder Pedro Martins) has been officially recognised.

The internationally renowned information security management certification

ISO 27001 is one of the most sought-after information security standards in the world. In the past ten years, certifications have grown by more than 450%.

This standard is globally recognised as the benchmark for good security practice. It further supports compliance with a host of laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

What is ISO 27001?

The ISO 27001 Information Security Management System (ISMS) gives us a way of controlling the risks to our business. In turn, it helps to safeguard our systems, technology, data, and reputation.

It means we keep our systems and data (held digitally, on paper and in the cloud) safe from all manner of threats: external and internal, intentional, and unintentional. It also gives us the peace of mind of knowing that we’ve secured our information. This way we can stay ahead of new and evolving threats, all the while differentiating us from the competition.

Why businesses need ISO 27001

In our experience, most organizations have some sort of information security controls in place to protect businesses from cyberattacks. But these have often been implemented in an ad hoc way, responding to a data breach or specific threat.

Generally, these types of controls can address explicit IT or data security issues. However, they rarely protect non-technical information assets such as paperwork and proprietary knowledge.

ISO 27001 requires that an organisation:

  • Holistically and systematically examines its information security risks
  • Takes into account all the threats, vulnerabilities, and impacts
  • Designs a coherent and comprehensive suite of information security controls
  • Implements those controls to ensure those risks are addressed
  • Adopts an overarching management process to ensure that those controls meet their information security needs

So could ISO 27001 protect and benefit your business?

Having recently been through the process, there’s no doubt that the ISO 27001 certification could help to protect and benefit many London-based businesses, including small to medium sized enterprises.

Primarily, ISO 27001 assists in protecting the integrity of your data, IT infrastructure, business, brand, reputation, and sensitive information. Meanwhile, implementing these standards can also maximise your resilience and minimise the cost of security threats.

What’s more, achieving ISO 27001 demonstrates your business is serious about safeguarding you and your customers’ IT and data. It will establish you as in control of the risks and regulatory requirements. Thus, it can enhance your reputation, provide instant kudos in the private sector, and enable you to apply for public sector tenders.

It’s also a real confidence boost for your existing and potential customers, as well as your team. Whatever their IT experience, employees will be better equipped to spot, handle and eliminate threats and risks. Overall, this can help increase both customer and employee retention levels.

The threats never stop evolving, nor do we

Having worked toward and gained certification to the ISO 27001 standard in information security management, we’re even better positioned to guide our clients in protecting their most valuable assets.

So, if you’d like to know more about how to protect your business from cyberattacks or find out about the ISO 27001, contact us at totality services. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly, experienced IT team for a free, no obligation chat about your requirements today!