Embracing the Future: Transitioning to ISO 27001:2022

As businesses worldwide acknowledge the critical nature of robust information security, there are more organisations looking to formalise their commitment to cyber security with certification to the international standard for Information Security Management Systems, ISO 27001.

Any businesses looking to achieve certification to ISO 27001 will be audited against the newest version, ISO 27001:2022. However, organisations that have been certified for a number of years are likely to be certified to ISO 27001:2013. Transitioning to the latest ISO 27001:2022 standard is not just a regulatory formality; it’s a strategic move towards enhanced security, efficiency, and compliance.

Why transition sooner than later?

For organisations that are already certified to ISO 27001:2013, the journey to ISO 27001:2022 certification should not be postponed until the brink of your recertification deadline. Early transition ensures your organisation is ahead of the curve, leveraging the benefits of the updated standard without the pressure of impending deadlines.

By transferring your certification process mid-cycle, you benefit from a fresh perspective on your ISMS, minimising the risk of non-conformance discoveries during recertification audits.

Transitioning from 2013 to the 2022 Standard

With any transition to an updated standard, understanding what’s changing and what’s new is the first place to start. On initial view of available mapping documentation, transitioning from the 2013 to the 2022 standard may seem daunting.

Southpac Certifications’ qualified and experienced ISO 27001 auditors are now supporting clients to simplify this process. Whether you prefer a standalone assessment or combining it with your upcoming surveillance or recertification audit, we can offer flexible options – including remote assessments to fit your organisational needs. This flexibility ensures that the transition is as seamless and non-disruptive as possible.

Early assessment: a strategic advantage

Initiating the transition assessment well before your recertification not only aligns with strategic planning but also offers a unique advantage. Identifying gaps early in the process—much like a stage 1 assessment—provides a clear, actionable ‘to-do’ list.

This proactive approach safeguards your current ISO 27001:2013 certification against any risks, ensuring a smooth update to the 2022 standard.

Remember, the transition must be completed by 31 October 2025. This deadline underscores the urgency of starting your transition process now to ensure compliance and leverage the benefits of the updated standard.

Streamlined and user-friendly

The ISO 27001:2022 standard introduces a more streamlined approach, reducing the requirements from 114 controls over 18 domains to 94 controls across 8 domains, making it more logical and user-friendly compared to the previous version.

However, transitioning requires updating critical documentation, such as the Statement of Applicability (SOA), Risk Register, and Treatment Plan. These documents are vital for a successful transition, representing the most complex and time-consuming aspect of the mandatory documentation process.

To support your journey, Southpac Certifications has developed comprehensive tools, including a self-assessment checklist and a detailed transition checklist. These resources are designed to demystify the transition process and provide a clear roadmap to certification under the 2022 standard.

Expert guidance at your fingertips

Understanding the intricacies of transitioning can be challenging. That’s why Southpac offers consultations with our experienced team to navigate the complexities of the ISO 27001:2022 transition.

Whether you need a deep dive into the specifics or have questions about the process, our experts, including Jeremy Fisher, Business Development Manager, and Michelle Coleman, Management Systems Auditor, are here to provide personalised guidance.

Transitioning to ISO 27001:2022 ensures that your information security management system is aligned with the latest standards. With Southpac’s expertise and resources, including our self-assessment and transition checklists, your organisation can navigate this transition confidently and efficiently.

Don’t wait until your recertification is upon you. Get started on your transition to ISO 27001:2022 with Southpac Certifications today.

To learn more or to schedule a consultation, reach out to our team.

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