ISO 27001 standard revision coming soon!
ISO 27001:2013 is about to be replaced by a new revision in 2022. While the standard is still only in draft form and we are yet to see the final publication, we want to help you navigate these changes with as much information as we currently have. If you are a business that handles sensitive data or are already certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013, it’s important to know what these planned changes mean for you. Will you be ready to re-certify? Here are some answers to a few common questions:
Q: What is changing?
A: Fortunately, most of the changes to the standard are related to its structure and layout. The majority of controls will remain in place, with only minor alterations to Annex A. Other planned changes will include subtle changes around wording: Identity and Authentication Management will replace “password management,” User End Point Devices will not be used instead of “Mobile Devices,” and Asset Management” will now include an inventory of information. Due to the emergence of new vulnerabilities and technologies since the release of the 2013 standard, new controls will also be added, and include the introduction of hashtags (#) next to each control, in order to help you understand what elements or functions the control perform within the ISMS. (#preventative, #detective, #corrective).
Q: What will I need to re-certify to the new version?
A: While no timelines have yet been established, clients will have ample opportunity to transition. Most standard revisions allow for a two-year transition period, during which time you will be able to update your ISMS with new controls, implement changes, and record training activities as appropriate. Then PJR will conduct a recertification audit against the new standard and issue a new certificate.
Q: What if I am new to certification?
A: If you are working toward ISO 27001 certification for the first time, you will be allowed to choose which version you certify to, then need to make the transition within the time allotted (potentially two years); a cut-off point will likely be implemented (expected in 2023 or 2024) after which time no 2013 certifications will be issued.
Q: Where can I find more information?
A: PJR will continue to update our website as more information becomes available, so be sure to check back regularly for additional changes!
ISO 27001 is the international standard for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS). It provides a model for risk assessment, security design and implementation, and security management. The ISO 27001 standard specifies implementation and management guidelines to help keep your information safe.
ISO 27001 is the only international auditable standard for Information Security Management Systems. It provides independent assurance that your organization complies with legal, statutory, regulatory, and contractual requirements bearing sensitive information. Obtaining an ISO 27001 certification proves that you have taken necessary steps to protect sensitive information against unauthorized access.
National Cyber Strategy of the United States of America
The United States government issued the National Cyber Strategy policy in September 2018 which puts in place a long-term strategy to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections, protect privacy, maintain public safety as well as economic and national security, and empower Americans to take better control of their digital security. https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/National-Cyber-Strategy.pdf
Who needs ISO 27001?
Any organization that holds sensitive information is a candidate for ISO 27001 certification. In particular, companies in the healthcare, finance, public, and IT sectors can benefit greatly from a certified ISMS.
More Information on ISO 27001:
- What is ISO 27001?
- Key Components of ISO 27001
- Cyber Security for Electronic Medical Devices
- What is an Information Security Management System?
- How ISO 27001 Provides Cyber Security for the Banking Industry?
- How ISO 27001 Can Protect Medical Organizations from Cyber Threats
- ISO 27001 Provides Cyber Security Management for Legal Organizations
- Overview of Certification
- List of mandatory documents required by ISO 27001 (2013 revision)