The world is constantly inching towards rapid technological innovations and witnessing dynamic changes in economic and business conditions. With the proliferation of the internet and globalization, opportunities have no boundaries.
The Information Technology (IT) sector plays a vital role in almost everything we do today. Hence, IT and ITES industries must ensure that it matches the efficiency and customer satisfaction in the ever-growing market. Being an IT and ITES organisation can lead to encountering various risks and challenges in their journey to maintain a successful, sustainable, and efficient business.
Be it a small or big IT/ ITES organisation, one must consider having a certification as it has numerous benefits as mentioned below.
Making a Mark in the Global Market
The information security standards are globally recognized and companies all over the world map implement and adhere to them. Hence, getting certified with the international standard can help you get new international clients and business partners, that trust your risk management expertise.
Meeting Security Audit Requirements
When organisations are certified with ISO standards, it demonstrates that they are adhering to the universally accepted practices, leading to reduced numbers of stakeholders and clients requesting security audits. This, in turn, saves a lot of organisation’s crucial time and paperwork.
Meeting Compliance Requirements
There are various compliance requirements related to the information security and management systems such as contractual, legal, and regulatory. With ISO certification an organization can easily achieve and maintain compliance.
Minimizing the Chances of Data Breach
It is very important to protect your data in the present times. The failure to do so can lead to serious consequences such as fines due to non-compliance and can even damage your organisation’s reputation. Thus, implementing the international standard can minimize the chances of data breaches.
Here are the five most relevant standards that you can incorporate into your organization.
1. ISO 27001 – Information Security Management System
ISO 27001 is an international standard that offers specifications or a prescription to the organization on how to manage and protect their information asset, remain safe and secure. It specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining, and improving a documented Information Security Management System (ISMS) within the context of the organization’s overall business risks. The certification of ISO 27001 can also help build trust among the clients and stakeholders.
By implementing ISO 27001 you can observe many benefits, some of which include:
2. ISO 20000– IT Service Management
ISO 20000 is an IT service management system. It enables the IT organisations to ensure that their processes are aligned with both the needs of the organisations and international best practises. It defines a comprehensive and closely related set of service management processes and comprises two parts: Part 1 lays out the specifications for the services management systems whereas Part 2 is the code of practice for service management, which describes the best practices for service management processes within the scope of the specification.
Some of the most common benefits of ISO 20000 certification are:
3. Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)
The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a process improvement model that provides a set of industry-recognized practices to address productivity, performance, costs, and stakeholder satisfaction. It is used to guide process improvement across projects, departments, and entire organisations. It helps organisations examine the effectiveness of their processes, establishes priorities for improvement, and in implementing appropriate improvements.
There is the concept of appraisal in CMMI. It can be awarded a maturity level rating (1-5) or a capability level achievement profile. CMMI’s five Maturity Levels are:
A few of the CMMI implementation benefits are:
4. ISO 22301- Business Continuity Management System
ISO 22301 is the recognised international standard that provides organisation requirements to form a potent Business Continuity Management System. In times where there is the constant threat of cyber-attacks, natural calamities, and data breaches that can hamper business continuity as well as damage their reputation, it is of crucial importance that businesses implement, maintain, review and revise their business continuity management system. The standard helps to identify the potential risks and allows businesses to efficaciously respond and recover from the incident with minimum damage.
There are many unique benefits of ISO 22301, some of which are as follows:
5. ISO 31000 – Risk Management System
ISO 31000 is the international standard that provides guidelines for the risk management system. The standard can be applied to any company irrespective of its size or industry. The standard helps the business achieve its objectives and analyses what can go in favour or against it. It also protects businesses from external and internal risks.
Some of the benefits of ISO 31000 are:
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