ISO 27001 compliance in municipalities

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In a world where more and more activities are carried out through online tools, information security management has become more important than ever before. Both in the private and the public sector, there is a need to ensure that adequate procedures are followed in relation to information security. ISO 27001 provides a strong basis for municipalities and other large organizations to handle information security, while also enhancing business development, efficiency and innovation. By complying with ISO 27001, municipalities can enhance the information security in the public sector and advance further.

What is ISO 27001?
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1947. Throughout the years, ISO have developed standards within various areas – all with the purpose of providing solutions to global challenges. ISO 27001 is part of the ISO 27000 on information security management, and contains requirements to how an information security management system (ISMS) should be implemented and maintained. ISO 27001 has a risk-based approach and ensures standardized security processes.

ISO 27001 has a flexibility that means that it can be used with other information security frameworks like ISO 27002, Cobit, ISF and NIST. Furthermore, the ISO 27001 contains a list of possible controls that should be implemented, but also emphasize that this list, though it is comprehensive, does not necessarily contain all necessary controls. The needed controls will depend on the size, line of tasks, area, and complexity, of the individual organization.

ISO 27001 compliance in Danish municipalities
Danes are increasingly relying on the digital infrastructure and there is therefore an expectation for public authorities to work professionally and ambitiously with information security. With the joint public strategy, Digital Strategy 2016-2020, Danish municipalities are subject to requirements including compliance with ISO 27001. As the ISO standard ensures consistent and uniform information security processes, Danish municipalities can together provide Danish citizens with a high information security level across the country.

The strategy raises the bar for public digitalization, and through collaboration with both public authorities and private organizations, the strategy will generate value, growth and efficiency improvements across the country. ISO 27001 compliance will ensure a high quality of implementation and maintenance of ISMS systems. The standard places great emphasis on the engagement of the management, which means that it works to create an environment where the need for compliance will come from the management. Following the strategy and thereby complying with ISO 27001 will heighten the Danes’ trust in the municipalities’ information security management.

Compliance through Impero

Impero offers an intuitive cloud-based compliance solution. Impero’s solution has a unique and light-weight approach that helps companies achieve compliance through internal controls. Impero can help municipalities comply with ISO 27001 through documentation of the implementation and performance of necessary controls. The solution provides municipalities with an overview of processes, activities and reoccurring tasks. Controls can be reused, which can be very timesaving in the case of reoccurring controls. All documentation can be accessed through Impero, and auditors can easily be granted access to relevant documentation.

To learn more on how Impero can help with ISO 27001 compliance, check out our case story ISO 27001 compliance and IT general controls (ITGS) streamlined at Via University. Want to know more about ISO 27001? Check out our blog post ISO 27001 – what you need to know.