It has been long time in the air and the final date come and past: today all the organisations need to be in compliant with European regulations, such as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) or NIS (Network Information Security) directive.
The GDPR is a compliance standard who broadens the rights of individuals with respect to their personal data and define a real strategy for data privacy. As for NIS directive, its goal is to enhance cybersecurity in critical industries across the EU. In this regard, GDPR and NIS have a lot in common with ISO 27001.
In this regard, the organizations have to align with the EU regulations, either they decide to limit to set up only the GDPR / NIS directive or the organizations decide to organize and structure a set of business process in order to implement a strong security framework that embody a strategic vision.
However, there are several differences between these standards. GDPR is a global standard that provides a strategic vision of how organizations need to ensure data privacy. NIS directive provides legal measures to boost the overall level of cybersecurity in the EU members’ strategical networks (cloud providers, electricity suppliers, etc.). ISO 27001 is a strategic framework that embrace every information security needs including regulatory ones; it provides practical advice on how to protect information and reduce cyber threats.
Implementing ISO 27001 provides several key benefits such as comply with regulatory requirements. Indeed, adopting the ISO 27001 helps the organization meet security controls and requirements for regulations of laws such as GDPR, NIS Directive and more. For organizations heavily involved in the cloud and international data processing, adopting the ISO 27018 is also recommended.
ISO 27001 implementation methodology enable to streamline investments based on risk assessments and can simplify and classify the process of achieving GDPR compliance. For many organizations, the process of data management and security isn’t correctly defined or managed: that’s where applying ISO 27001 can benefit a company because it needs to set up a clear management process for data access, controls and management.
OpenField consultants can help your organization to assess your security strategy and maturity level, define a business case for ISO 27001 and implement the framework within the organization. OpenField can also help to find the right tools to support the implementation process and maintain the compliance.
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