Many businesses see the gold-standard ISO27001 as being unachievable. It is, by its very nature a very difficult standard to attain and requires a lot of input both during implementation and afterwards by staff, management and business owners. This was recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), who chose IASME as their Cyber Essentials partner in 2020, to deliver a government-backed business accreditation that is less problematic and expensive to implement than ISO27001, but nonetheless shows that a business has made a proper commitment to matters of data security and manages risk in a coordinated and structured way.
For every business, the IASME Governance certification is a great badge to pin to the company Website, adding a degree of prestige. For businesses tendering for work with a large organisation it is often seen as a necessity and it is particularly useful when tendering for work with public bodies. For smaller businesses it is the ideal way to prove the integrity of your operations without going to the expense of full ISO27001 certification.
Aside from all that, IASME governance really is a great way to get to grips with all the nuances of managing security within your business that you might well have overlooked. The result of that is always inefficiency, risk, data loss and even financial penalty. The standard forces you to look at the real risks to your business operations and manage them before they become serious problems.
IASME Governance Self Assessed
Based on international best practice, IASME Governance is risk based and includes key aspects of security such as incident response, staff training, planning and operations. IASME Governance incorporates Cyber Essentials assessment and an assessment against the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
IASME Governance Audit
The IASME Governance Audit involves an on-site audit of your governance processes and procedures covered by the IASME Governance standard. IASME Governance Audited (sometimes known as IASME Gold) is an independent on-site audit of the level of information security provided by your organisation. It offers a similar level of assurance to the internationally recognised ISO 27001 standard but is simpler and often cheaper for small and medium-sized organisations to implement.