What Is ISO 27001?

ISO 27001 is a set of requirements and recommendations developed and overseen by the International Organization for Standardization or ISO. The framework defines the elements of an effective information security management system (ISMS). Those elements include IT systems, people, and operational policies and processes. Enterprises worldwide see ISO 27001 compliance as a “gold standard” for risk management and customer data protection.

Fortunately, you don’t need to implement all 114 controls in the 14 domains defined in Annex A of the standard to be certified as compliant. However, to comply with the ISO 27001 Security Standard, you must carefully assess your organization, your ISMS, your critical data, and your risks. You must then use those assessments to choose the controls most important to your business and its data protection needs.

The SOC 2 Connection

If you are pursuing or considering compliance with this standard, you are likely also pursuing or considering compliance with SOC 2, or are already compliant. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) built SOC 2 upon the System and Organization Controls (SOC) framework it developed. Five Trust Services Criteria (TSC) — Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, and Privacy — form the foundation of the framework.

SOC 2 compliance credibly demonstrates your company has adequate, effectively managed protections in place for proprietary and private personal information. Many enterprises consider SOC 2 a prerequisite for doing business with other companies. This compels many smaller businesses to comply with SOC 2 before even considering ISO 27001 compliance. Fortunately, success with SOC 2 can ease and speed compliance with ISO 27001.

How Trustero Can Help

Trustero Compliance as a Service (CaaS) is cloud-based, easy-to-use compliance automation software. The solution is designed to simplify SOC 2 audit readiness and enable continuous compliance. It can also help you comply with ISO 27001.

For example, the Trustero platform constantly monitors key components of your ISMS. It can notify administrators or ISMS Governing Body members when an ISMS element fails or falls out of SOC 2 compliance. Trustero CaaS can help administrators quickly isolate problems. It can also suggest effective remediation measures. These and other features can also help maintain or restore compliance with ISO 27001.

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