ISO 27001, 9001, 31000 and all the others – a sum up

ISO standards are widely used and accepted for bringing standardization to a global market. ISO provides consumers, businesses and regulators with quality and security in products and processes.

About ISO
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1947. ISO’s purpose is to share knowledge and develop market relevant standards that helps solve global challenges and support innovation. ISO has developed more than 20,000 international standards since its beginning.

ISO’s standards entail a line of benefits – both for consumers, businesses and regulators. The standards ensure that consumers can have confidence in the safety, reliability and quality of their products. Businesses can rely on the standards to guide them on how to perform certain practices and services, as well as how to produce certain products. Finally, regulators can rely on ISO standards to develop better regulations and make the standards act as best practices, which generally ensures a more complying environment.

A wide spectrum of standards
ISO covers a wide spectrum of standards, including ISO 26000 on social responsibility, ISO 27001 on information security management, ISO 31000 on risk management, ISO 37001 on antibribery system and ISO 9001 on quality management. We’ve looked further into some of the standards.

ISO 27001:2013 – Information security management
ISO 27001 is part of the ISO 27000 standards on information security management, which provides best practices on how to implement and maintain information security management systems (ISMS). ISO 27001 is flexible and can be used with other information security frameworks like ISO 27002, COBIT, ISF and NIST. ISO 27001 contains a comprehensive list of controls, but not all controls have to be implemented – this depends on the company and well as the product or service in question.

Check out: ISO 27001 compliance in municipalities

ISO 9001:2015 Quality management systems
ISO 9001 contains eight quality management principles and has a strong customer focus. ISO 9001 provides way to define how organizations can meet the requirements, and expectations of customers and other involved stakeholders. The standard makes it easy to simplify and streamline processes, and processes are aligned and made comprehendible for all employees in an organization, thereby increasing the overall efficiency.

Check out: ISO 9001:2015 – A new and improved quality standard

ISO 31000:2018 – Risk management – Guidelines
ISO 31000 contains a set of guidelines and principles as well as a framework for managing risk. The standard can provide valuable insight in relation to risk management – the identification of opportunities and threats, and grounds for comparison of risk management practices and benchmarking. All in all, solid principles for effective risk management. ISO 31000 is applicable for all organizations, regardless of the size and sector.

Impero offers an intuitive cloud-based compliance solution that has a unique and light-weight approach that helps companies achieve compliance with regulations and standards through internal controls. Impero can help municipalities comply with various ISO standards through documentation of the implementation and performance of necessary controls. The solution provides an essential 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.

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