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What is ISO 27001:2013?

Information security issues can result in escalating financial losses and cause havoc with business operations. ISO/IEC 27001, the standard for information security management systems, can help businesses of all sizes to plug existing leaks and prevent future threats.

Whether you are a small, medium or large organisation, ISO 27001 can be used in the commercial, service, charity and industrial market sectors, including, but not limited to: finance and Insurance, Telecommunications, Utilities, Call Centres, Health and Social Care, Retail and Manufacturing sectors, various service Industries, Transportation sector, Government and many others.

The implementation of ISO 27001 will reassure customers and suppliers that information security is taken seriously within the organisations they are dealing with because they have the processes in place to deal with information security threats and issues as and when they arise.

Information is now a major asset for any business, which, like other important business assets, adds value to an organisation and consequently needs to be well managed and protected.

Security for your customers and supply chain

With the increasing threats to businesses from cyber attacks, many companies may think twice about working with organisations that lack information security certification.

If your systems are breached, it may have répercussions for your customers and supply chain, so they may opt to work with a company that can show it takes the issue seriously.

ISO 27001 Information Security Management Systems specifies the processes to enable a business to establish, implement, review and monitor, manage and maintain an effective ISMS.

QEC UK Ltd have professional and competent ISO 27001 Auditors, who will visit your business or organisation to conduct an impartial audit; validate conformity of your Information Security Management System to the standard and recommend an organisation or business (if warranted) for certification.

The ISO 27001 certification process

The ISO 27001 certification process involves two audits/assessments.

The first is a desktop review, sometimes referred to as a stage 1 audit and it assesses your current processes to identify any areas that need improving.

The second stage is an evidence-based audit, sometimes referred to as a stage 2. This determines if those areas have been improved and whether your security management meets the standards of ISO 27001.

How long does the ISO 27001 Certification last

The ISO 27001 certification is valid for 3 years subject to an annual surveillance audit.

Auditing and certification at your convenience

Some businesses are put off seeking ISO 27001 certification because they think it will disrupt their business.

The pandemic has served to fast-track the move to a blended approach to auditing and certification, with much of the process now being completed remotely, minimizing the need for always requiring site visits and associated disruption.

UKAS Accredited ISO 27001 Certification

QECUK can provide your UKAS Accredited ISO 27001 Certification. If you are interested in ISO 27001 Certification you should first purchase a copy of the standard which can be found here:

Remember, even if you have UKAS Accredited ISO 27001 Certification currently with another certification body, you may wish to change. This transfer can be made at any point during the certification journey, the service is completely free, you can apply for ISO 27001 with QECUK and we can become your new certification body.

ISO 27001 Consultancy Support

As a UKAS accredited certification body, we are unable to offer direct ISO 27001 consultancy to our clients in order for them to achieve UKAS Accredited ISO 27001 Certification. This is due to rigorous accreditation rules however we are able to put you in touch with organisations in your region that can support your ISO 27001 consultancy needs and provide guidance when implementing an ISO 27001 management system.