Information security controls are specific measures that are implemented to address specific risks and threats to an organisation, and are typically designed to mitigate or reduce the impact of those risks. However, they are not the same as an Information Security Management System (ISMS).
An ISMS is a comprehensive framework of policies, processes, and procedures that is designed to manage and protect an organisation’s information and IT systems in a systematic and holistic way based on risk management principles. While information security controls are important to have in place, they are only one part of a broader approach to information security.
ISO 27001 certification requires a third party audit of your ISMS to ensure it meets the global standard set by ISO for information security management. It provides a framework to manage, monitor and improve an organisation’s information security in an efficient and effective way.
Many industries and government bodies require compliance with ISO 27001 as a condition of doing business or operating within a particular jurisdiction, so gaining certification can be a requirement for organisations in certain industries, such as healthcare, finance, and government.
It can also provide a competitive advantage, as customers increasingly choose to do business with organisations that are ISO 27001 certified, regardless of the industry.