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Companies admit they are aware of ISO 27001, but only a third are compliant

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The ISO 27001 security compliance standard is well recognised, but only adopted by a third of companies, according to a recent survey.

According to a survey of 260 respondents by IT Governance, 87 per cent said that they knew of the standard, but only 35 per cent were actually compliant with it. The survey, which analysed a number of industries, a third being from the technology sector, also found that 58 per cent of management received information on incidents and 32 per cent received these on a monthly basis.

Asked if this recognition but not adoption of ISO 27001 was common, Brian Honan, CEO of BH Consulting, said that he came across that situation a lot. He said that many companies do not want to become certified to the standard for three separate reasons. These being:

  • They are worried they may not actually get certified, which could cause them embarrassment with senior management or clients
  • The cost involved in engaging a certification body and the on-going maintenance of the certification
  • It is easier to claim to be compliant with the standard than actually prove it by becoming certified.

“However, what the above companies should realise is the amount of work required to be properly compliant with ISO 27001 is the same as that required to become certified,” Honan said.

“The cost difference from becoming compliant to being certified would be negligible in the overall scheme of things and would be mostly down to the certification audit.”

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