Value of a Certification – ISO 27000 Series

1. Value of a Certification.

Obtaining a management system certification, whether in quality, environmental, information security, or any other field, holds significant market recognition. By securing such certification, an organization signals to the market that its operations comply with specific standards. However, this raises the question, what underpinnings make the market trust these certifications? What is the foundation of the market’s confidence in these certificates?

This approach does not seek to clarify the direct benefit of certification for the receiving entity but rather to delve into the pillars that support the value, esteem, and recognition that comes with achieving an official certification of an Information Security Management System (ISMS). Therefore, confidence in the certification of a management system, such as an ISMS, is based on several key factors that underpin its value, prestige, and recognition in the market. These foundations include:

  1. Standardization: ISO standards, such as the ISO/IEC 27000 series, provide a set of internationally recognized requirements, guidelines, and best practices. These standards are developed by subject matter experts and stakeholders from around the world, ensuring that multiple perspectives are considered and that the solutions are globally applicable.
  2. Rigorous Certification Process: Obtaining an ISO certification requires the organization to undergo a thorough audit process conducted by an independent and accredited certification body. This process ensures that the organization meets all the established requirements and guidelines of the standard, which builds trust in the quality and consistency of its management processes and systems.
  3. Accreditation of Certification Bodies: Certification bodies issuing ISO certifications must be accredited by recognized accreditation entities that verify their competence and ability to conduct audits and issue certifications in accordance with ISO standards and regulatory requirements. This accreditation ensures that the certification process is reliable and that industry best practices are followed.
  4. Continuous Evaluation and Improvement: ISO certification is not a one-time event. Certified organizations must undergo regular audits and recertifications to ensure that they continue to meet the standard’s requirements and are committed to the continuous improvement of their management systems. This instills confidence that the organization is committed to excellence and quality over time.
  5. Transparency and Traceability: ISO certification provides a transparent and traceable framework that allows organizations to demonstrate to their customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders that they comply with a recognized set of requirements and best practices in their industry. This can be especially important in highly regulated or sensitive sectors, such as those involving web-based banking and financial applications and cryptographic technologies, where security and data protection are paramount.

In conclusion, confidence in ISO certification is based on standardization, the rigorous certification process, the accreditation of certification bodies, continuous evaluation and improvement, and the transparency and traceability it offers. These factors contribute to the value, prestige, and recognition of obtaining an official certification of an ISMS or another management system in the market.

2. ISO 27000 standards family and works.

At this point, it is proposed to conduct a detailed study of the standards included in the ISO 27000 series that, by January 2023, had already been officially approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This analysis will focus on identifying and describing the various standards that were in force and fully applicable at that date. Each of these standards addresses different aspects related to information security, and part of the research will involve explaining the specific topic each one covers.

Furthermore, it is crucial to determine which of these standards offer the possibility of obtaining certification. This means that some standards not only set guidelines or best practices but also allow organizations to demonstrate through external certification that they comply with the established standards.

Below is a table with the ISO 27000 series standards that are in the “approved” status by ISO. This information was obtained using the following link from the official ISO website. The standards created by Subcommittee 27 of Technical Committee 1 (ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27) were consulted.

ISO StandardThemeCertifiable
ISO/IEC 27000Information Security Management System (ISMS) fundamentals and vocabulary.No
ISO/IEC 27001Requirements for ISMS.Yes
ISO/IEC 27002Code of practice for information security management.No
ISO/IEC 27003Guidance for ISMS implementation.No
ISO/IEC 27004Measurement, monitoring, and analysis of ISMS performance.No
ISO/IEC 27005Information security risk management.No
ISO/IEC 27006Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of ISMS.No
ISO/IEC 27007Guidelines for information security management systems auditing.No
ISO/IEC 27008Guidelines for the assessment of information security controls.No
ISO/IEC 27009Sector-specific or specific application of ISO/IEC 27001.No
ISO/IEC 27010Information exchange and communication between organizations concerning information security.No
ISO/IEC 27011Information security guidelines for telecommunications organizations.No
ISO/IEC 27013Guidance on the integration of ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 20000-1.No
ISO/IEC 27014Governance of information security.No
ISO/IEC 27016Organizational principles and guidelines for information security economic management.No
ISO/IEC 27017Guidelines for information security in cloud services.No
ISO/IEC 27018Code of practice for the protection of personally identifiable information (PII) in public clouds.No
ISO/IEC 27019Information security guidelines for the energy industry.No
ISO/IEC 27021Competencies for information security professionals.No
ISO/IEC 27022Guidelines for implementing an integrated approach to information security risk management.No
ISO/IEC 27031Guidelines for information and communication technology (ICT) readiness for business continuity.No
ISO/IEC 27032Guide for cybersecurity.No
ISO/IEC 27033Network security guidance (multi-part series).No
ISO/IEC 27034Guidelines for application security (multi-part series).No
ISO/IEC 27035Information security incident management (multi-part series).No
ISO/IEC 27036Information security guidelines for inter-organizational relationships (multi-part series).No
ISO/IEC 27037Guidelines for the identification, collection, acquisition, and preservation of digital evidence.No
ISO/IEC 27038Specification for digital media information security management.No
ISO/IEC 27039Intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDPS).No
ISO/IEC 27040Information storage security guidance.No
ISO/IEC 27041Guidance on the assessment of forensic analysis methods and tools.No
ISO/IEC 27042Guidelines for the interpretation and analysis of digital evidence.No
ISO/IEC 27043Principles and methods for information security incident investigation.No
ISO/IEC 27050Information technology – Security techniques – Cybersecurity and electronic discovery.No
ISO/IEC 27070Information technology – Security techniques – Requirements for establishing virtualized roots of trust.No
ISO/IEC 27099Information technology – Public key infrastructure – Policy and practice framework.No
ISO/IEC 27100Information technology – Cybersecurity – Overview and concepts.No
ISO/IEC 27102Information security management – Guidelines for cyber insurance.No
ISO/IEC 27103Information technology – Security techniques – Cybersecurity and ISO and IEC standards.No
ISO/IEC 27110Information technology, cybersecurity, and privacy protection – Guidelines for the development of a cybersecurity framework.No
ISO/IEC 27400Cybersecurity – IoT security and privacy – Guidelines.No
ISO/IEC 27550Information technology – Security techniques – Privacy engineering for system life cycle processes.No
ISO/IEC 27551Information security, cybersecurity, and privacy protection – Requirements for non-linkable attribute-based entity authentication.No
ISO/IEC 27553Information security, cybersecurity, and privacy protection – Security and privacy requirements for biometric authentication on mobile devices.No
ISO/IEC 27555Information security, cybersecurity, and privacy protection – Guidelines on the de-identification of personally identifiable information.No
ISO/IEC 27556Information security, cybersecurity, and privacy protection – User-centric privacy preference management framework.No
ISO/IEC 27557Information security, cybersecurity, and privacy protection – Application of ISO 31000:2018 for organizational privacy risk management.No
ISO/IEC 27559Information security, cybersecurity, and privacy protection – Data de-identification framework to enhance privacy.No
ISO/IEC 27570Privacy protection – Privacy guidelines for smart cities.No
ISO/IEC 27701Information technology – Security techniques – Extension for privacy information management to ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27002.Yes

3. Conclusions.

From all the above, it is concluded that certification plays a crucial role in the successful development of a business. Similarly, it emphasizes the need to adhere to internationally recognized standards to bolster trust among clients and business partners, thereby ensuring the integrity and security of business operations.

To undertake the appropriate certification processes, it is essential to conduct thorough prior audit planning, as demonstrated in our article “Principles, Program, and Planning of Auditing and IT Governance.

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