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FAQ: Why is using an ISO27001 accredited firm my best guarantee?

UK law states Data Controllers (office managers), who subcontract the handling of their data to a third party (a data processor), remain liable for that data.  Data controllers must, therefore, be 100% sure that their processors have the proper processes and controls to protect their data.  A data processor with ISO27001 accreditation has been independently audited to have the relevant processes and controls. Read on to find out more.


What is ISO:27001?
ISO:27001 is an information security standard regulated by the International Organization for Standardization. They develop and publish International Standards.
This passage is taken from their website page:  ISO/IEC 27001 - Information security management

ISO/IEC 27001 is the best-known standard in the family providing requirements for an information security management system (ISMS).

Like other ISO management system standards, certification to ISO/IEC 27001 is possible but not obligatory. Some organizations choose to implement the standard in order to benefit from the best practice it contains while others decide they also want to be certified to reassure customers and clients that its recommendations have been followed. ISO does not perform certification.

ISO 27001 Certification webpage at BUREAU VERITAS describes the standard as follows:

ISO 27001 is the international standard related to information security management systems. It has been designed to allow you to assess your risk and implement appropriate controls preventing confidentially, integrity and availability of information assets. The fundamental aim is to protect the information of your organisation getting into the wrong hands or losing it forever.

What standards does ISO:27001 include?
 Specific standards include:
  • Shredding: EN15713
  • Scanning: BIP008
  • Storage: BS5454
  • Staff Vetting: BS7858
 Other elements include:
  • Information security policies
  • Organisation of information security
  • Human resource security
  • Asset management
  • Access control
  • Cryptography
  • Physical and environmental security
  • Operations security
  • Communications security
  • System acquisition, development and maintenance
  • Supplier relationships
  • Information security incident management
  • Information security aspects of business continuity management
  • Compliance with legal and contractual requirements
At Topwood, we were accredited with ISO:27001 in April of 2015. We are one of the only Confidential Document Management Companies in the West Midlands to have this standard. Does your shredding firm have ISO:27001?
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