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ISO 27001, titled "Information Security Management - Specification With Guidance for Use", is the replacement for BS7799-2. It is intended to provide the foundation for third party audit, and is 'harmonized' with other management standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
The basic objective of the standard is to help establish and maintain an effective information management system, using a continual improvement approach. It implements OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) principles, governing security of information and network systems.
The Contents of the Standard?
The broad content is of course similar to the old BS7799. Included is:
ISO 27001 Certification
As with BS7799-2, a robust audit and certification scheme supports the standard. For those already certified against BS7799, accredited certification bodies will establish transitional arrangements. More detail and explanation is available on our specific certification page
The ISO 27000 Series
The final version of ISO 27001 was published in October 2005 to a great fanfare. It should be noted, however, that this is in fact only the first of a series of standards to support information security. Having stated this, it may well be the most important, at least from a 'top down' perspective, as it defines the information security management system.
The benefits of implementing ISO 27001:2005 certification are: