We’re proud to share that Percayso is now ISO 27001 certified – a globally recognised standard developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). But what exactly is ISO 27001 and what does it mean to obtain certification?

Created by the International Organisation for Standardisation, ISO 27001 is widely recognised as the best practice for information security, providing a framework for organisations to put in place robust controls for protecting confidential data and ensuring the availability of critical systems. The standard is also regularly updated to reflect the latest best practices in information security. 

While the standard is voluntary, many businesses adopt it to demonstrate their commitment to data security and show their customers that they take information security seriously. In some industries, such as healthcare and finance, ISO 27001 certification is required as a prerequisite for doing business. 

Read on to hear the key insights from Kevin Delapena, Operations Manager at Percayso, who led Percayso to achieve ISO 27001 certification.

Percayso: Who needs ISO 27001?

Kevin: Organisations seeking to formalise and enhance processes related to information security, privacy and safeguarding information assets. Percayso treats its Information security extremely seriously, information is the lifeblood of our business and keeping it safe is vital to our continued success.

Why is it so important?

  1. Risk management: identifying, assessing and managing information security risks effectively.
  2. Data protection: safeguarding sensitive data from unauthorised access, disclosure or alteration.
  3. Employee awareness: promoting awareness and education on security best practices among employees.
  4. Competitive advantage: acting as a differentiator, attracting security-conscious customers.
  5. Long-term viability: supporting the organisation’s long-term viability in a digital world.

What does it mean for our customers and partners?

We recognise the significant benefits ISO 27001 gives our customers and partners. Not only does it help us continually improve our security and showcase our ongoing commitment to data security, but it also gives our customers confidence in the security of their data and transactions.

When should ISO 27001 compliance be considered in a business lifecycle?

Organisations can implement processes and policies early to embed them into the culture before starting the certification journey.

How do businesses become ISO 27001 certified?

Before businesses embark on their compliance journey, they must have buy-in from senior management and clearly defined responsibilities for critical areas. It will help simplify creating your Information Security Management System (ISMS) framework to manage and protect information systematically.

How long does the process take?

Building processes in advance can significantly reduce the time and effort needed depending on prior preparations. External consultancy firms can expedite the process, typically taking 3-6 months.

How do you find the right auditor? 

Start by exploring UKAS-accredited certification bodies and seek advice from organisations that have undergone the process. It’s also worth considering external consultancy firms with expertise in ISO certification. We worked alongside external consultancy TMC3 and found their support extremely valuable.

Any parting advice? 

The key lies in meticulous planning, embedding security practices early and seeking expert guidance to streamline the process. 

Want to learn more about Percayso and our commitment to data security? Get in touch with the team today.