Don’t be put off by thinking it is too complex a thing to do. We aren’t saying it’s simple, but with us doing the bulk of the work for you, including managing the whole process, it is relatively straightforward.
There are essentially 6 stages to becoming and staying certified to ISO 27001:
There is more detailed information below about the various stages you need to go through.
Episode has plenty of experience, and some really helpful tools to deal with most requirements.
As part of any information security project undertaken by Episode, we get our info sec/cyber security expert partner to undertake a detailed audit of your system (using penetration tests, network sniffers, etc.) to identify any issues. If you feel you need their help rectifying issues, they will give you a fixed fee proposal for the work.
Done wrong, absolutely. Too many systems we see have a form or document to cover every aspect of the standard. That’s the easy way to build a system, and an equally easy way to cripple you operationally. You know when this is the case when you spend a month “updating” (i.e. creating false) records, etc. before the auditor next comes.
Done right, as we will make sure it is, the system should be at the core of how you work. Remember, we make ISO work for you, not the other way around.
It is difficult to give precise timescales, as it depends on a number of things such as how complex the business is, how close you are to complying with the standard already, and so on. We recommend planning for it taking at least 4 to 6 months.
For a fixed cost we will do as much of the work as possible, and guarantee certification.
Episode has worked with over 40 clients, many of whom have more than one standard they comply with (one has 5). All have been successfully certified and many subsequently ask us to help them maintain certification, and get more out of the system.
There are the following costs that will arise
Episode always gives a fixed fee proposal for a project, and we include guaranteed certification. A typical ISO 27001 project is about £9,500, but this does depend on the size and complexity of your business.
You will need an external company certify the system as being compliance with the standard. There are over 100 UKAS accredited bodies in the UK, and a range of prices. All UKAS accredited bodies will get you to where you need to be (i.e. issued with a UKAS accredited certificate). We will manage this process for you, and typical costs for a single standard range from £2,500 to £3,000 for a single standard, depending on size and complexity of the business.
There may well be IT and other infrastructure work that needs doing, and we will give you a list of requirements as the first stage of any project.
ISO 27001:2013, Information security management systems requirements, provides a framework for an Information Security Management System [ISMS], helping you to maintain and improve your information security needs. It also aids compliance with data protection legislation and provide assurance to your stakeholders. It provides a best practice
An ISMS is a systematic approach to managing sensitive company information so that it remains secure. It includes people, processes and IT systems by applying a risk management process.
It can help small, medium and large businesses in any sector keep information assets secure.
Beyond the ancillary system administration requirements (policy, objectives, document control procedure, internal audit procedure, etc.), the key aspects of an ISMS are
Simply put, you must review the 114 points, grouped under 13 headings. We must decide if they apply (if not, why not), how you intend to comply with that requirement and a plan to constantly improve performance against them.
It was only by utilising the expert guidance and experience of ‘Episode Ltd.’ That Thurston Group was able to attain certification within an exceptionally challenging time frame. We therefore offer our thanks to Episode Ltd. For the diligent and professional services provided. We also look forward to working with them again soon and would not hesitate to recommend their services."
Peter Spieight, Senior Divisional Director, Thurston Group, Wakefield
Roger's support was invaluable in terms of gap analysis, recommendations for improvement, and facilitation of the certification process. I would strongly recommend Roger to any organisation wishing to develop or improve its management systems, in a way which minimizes bureaucracy, and focuses on best serving the needs of the organization.
Gary Evans, Flour Corporation, Abu Dhabi