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Relative strengths of the benefits of ISO 27001

3 Benefits of getting your ISO 27001 efforts right in 2021

Blog   |    11th May 2021   |   Rupali

ISO 27001: A must have in times like these

As a CIO, CTO, CEO, or more, you have a significant part of the business. You give your business a touch of you. And that is what sets it apart from other businesses.

In this day and age, what appeals to your customers is your ability to offer them what others cannot. When you bring your touch to the business, it tells them that you refuse to blend into the crowd and that your business has its own identity.

ISO 27001 does not bring anything tedious to the business. In fact, it highlights what you already have, to achieve this unmatched identity.

If that is what you seek to achieve, your business architecture should reflect your touch. After all, that is what supports your business in terms of technology. If that reflects your touch, it will go a long way in making your business truly unique.

To benefit from that kind of business architecture, you need to first understand it. And that is precisely what ISO 27001 helps you with.

An IT company specializing in server virtualization services began with this step of understanding and knowing their business architecture. That helped them stick to their touch, and that in turn helped them build products that baked security into their very being.

Now, I'll clarify the benefits for you one by one.

1. Your brand of business architecture

ISO 27001 helps you prep and prime your strategy to consider your business architecture. Once this is part of your strategy, you can think of making such architecture that bears your touch, a reality.

Propagate that as a brand, so that your whole business knows of it and recognizes it as theirs from the word go.

When you know your business architecture well, you know as well the risks that come with it. It then helps your business to keep track of things on their own, and you know where your help would be needed.

The server virtualization company did exactly this. They first got their hands dirty trying to piece everything about their business architecture together. That was their first step towards the backbone of the business that bore their touch.

2. Improved IT Governance

As I said earlier, once you know your touch, it becomes easy to stick to it. When you stick to your touch, you refuse to let anything else dilute it.

Which means that unwanted things seldom enter your set-up. And if at all they do, you know that they are not something that would fit in.

This takes a lot off from the pressure of policing your entire business. You intuitively know something doesn't fit. And that is how you better your risk eliminating structures.

The server virtualization company were successful at baking security into their very core. The route they followed to getting there was this : Know, limit, and manage business architecture.

3. Savings made !

A little bit of planning goes a long way. And you don't need to draw up very large plans either. All it takes is a bit of effort in knowing your business architecture thoroughly well.

Once you know what you really need , it becomes easier to wipe off excesses. That way, you do not end up spending more than what is necessary.

Another plus, it makes things simpler. And it is easier to manage simpler things than it is to manage overly complicated things intertwined together. This saves you loads where ongoing maintenance is concerned.

The server virtualization company had everything they needed to know about their business architecture in one. This helped them to cost effectively and profitably bake security into the very core of their business technology.

Conclusion

ISO 27001 helps you take matters like security and business architecture to a strategic level. That helps you bake security into your core being, keep better watch over your technology, and simplify matters to keep unwanted costs at bay.

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Common feelings of C-Suite about the ISO 27001 situation in their organizations

How you can do ISO 27001 better in 2021

Blog   |    11th May 2021   |   Rupali

Know thy business architecture

As a member of the C-Suite at your organization, you have the business. The products and services you put together are fuelled by your ideas. The business has a strong touch of you to it.

By way of example, your business may have its own app. It is like no other app in the whole wide world. Because it is yours. And it has a touch of you.

Get to know at an intuitive level, what your touch really is. That helps you understand what your business is all about. Develop a very, very clear idea of that X factor.

When you that, you can visualize what your business really needs to function. And that picture will be high definition. It will be one that you can rely on to know your business architecture. In other words, the technological juice your business is sustained on.

In fact, this is what ISO 27001 helps you with. It may look like a very rigorous standard, but all those clauses mean only one thing: when you are defining your business architecture, know how distinct your company is, first.

I'll give you an example. A company was a service provider that had digital networking as its main offering. They came up with an app that helped customers choose what kind of network they wanted and the company personalized the network for them through that app.

The company knew its uniqueness. That helped them get their ideas of their business architecture bang on, the first time.

You need to draw a line

Once you know exactly what your architecture comprises of, stick to it. Remember, that is the bread and butter of your business. It is prudent to strictly label anything more as an excess.

The reason is thus: With anything more that what is necessary, you are adding on to a pile of risks.

Excess equipment, for example, may lie around and can be used to draw information out of existing necessary equipment, and those files could end up being misused. Or it could be physically moved out of your premises and end up being a target for a ransomware attack.

ISO 27001 helps you with understanding the risk part of it. Additionally, you should declare your boundaries around what you need and what you really don't. Not only does it help you to simplify things, but also it helps you to establish the true core of your business at another level.

The digital networking company that I mentioned earlier had not only a policy, but also an unwritten, intuitive rule: Everything they needed, for instance, all the apps that the business used, either for themselves internally, or for customers, had healthy interfaces and were a cohesive unit working together. That way, it became easy to know what lay in the purview of the company and what did not.

And the cycle continues...

Ongoing management is necessary to ascertain two things at any point in the future: one, that you still carry forward what your touch means to the business, and two, that is just that and nothing else that your business thrives off.

This has another plus: The overall state of your ISO 27001 programme remains very much on track and it becomes easy to trace if it is still on track.

The digital networks company could maintain that cohesive, well oiled engine of its because of this very ongoing monitoring. The leadership at the company remained very much invested in the business architecture and thus were able to keep a very good watch on their risk profile.

Conclusion

No ISO 27001 programme is complete without the full support of business leadership. In fact, to get an ISO 27001 certification, it is important to demonstrate full business stewardship of the programme. Knowing your business architecture is always the first thing to ensure that the battle is half won. Sticking to it and avoiding excesses in an ongoing fashion is the other half of it.

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A simpler way of bringing ISO 27001 to your organization

ISO 27001: Should you do it in 2021 ?

Blog   |    11th May 2021   |   Rupali

What is it that ISO 27001 does?

As a CxO of any kind, you have the business. The business has a touch of you to it. Through what your business ultimately sells, it puts out that touch to the world.

For example, your business may be a purveyor of network services. But then, those network services will be according to you. And that makes them unique to the world.

This has an impact upon the kind of architecture your business needs in order to be your business in the true sense.

I'll give you an example. A network services provider used software to control the network that they came to own. This network served their customers, and also their offices separated by geographical barriers. Their version of networking dictated the kind of architecture found across the company.

The kind of architecture that comes to be due to the flavour of your business in turn influences the kind of risks that the business faces.

For example, at this networks company there was a kind of coupling between various routers and other devices scattered across the globe. This brought with it certain network points which could attract DDoS attackers more than the others.

ISO 27001 lets you take a fuller view of the whole of your business architecture at a time and also think of how the various parts of it work with each other. This helps you see where your business architecture possesses loopholes and how vulnerable they make your whole business.

When you know how and where you are likely to fail, you can always take precautionary measures beforehand, rather than letting your business deal with what it can after the loopholes have been exploited.

Case in point

The senior leaders at that network service provider were initially not in favour of adopting an international standard such as ISO 27001 because they perceived it to be a venture involving many more costs and effort.

Piles of documents mounting year after year, mixed with a bottomless pit of costs of surveying a whole host of people, all to get a certification that would only help them with a couple of competitive tenders, was what put them off the whole idea.

However, one of their clients turned out to be an ISO 27001 practitioner, and was concerned about the well being of the company. The client helped them understand that if attackers took advantage of the vulnerabilities of their network, the company would have to struggle to save their business, not to mention the trouble that would be stirred up with some customers suing them for the damage that an attack could have caused.

The company had a unique way of providing their services, and that had to be protected, was what the leadership came to conclude. To that very end, they kicked off a project that educated them about their business architecture.

ISO 27001 soon turned into a fun learning activity for teams across the whole company, with several staff members even completing courses that helped the company implement their learning to maintain quicker, easier ways of protecting the business from falling into traps.

Conclusion

ISO 27001 would certainly be the start of a journey for your business. In this world that brings with it much uncertainty, it is a must to find your own method behind the madness and learn things about the architecture of your business, that you would otherwise have missed out on.

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