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Finding the right ISO 27001 consultant

Ken Fitzpatrick

13 May 2024

What is ISO 27001

ISO 27001 is a comprehensive international standard that outlines best practices for an Information Security Management System (ISMS). It provides a systematic approach for managing and protecting company and customer information securely. The ISO 27001:2022 standard is structured into ten main clauses and the Annex A controls.

The core requirements covers

  • Context

  • Leadership

  • Planning

  • Support

  • Operation

  • Performance Evaluation

  • Continuous improvement

This is then extended to the Annex A, which provides 93 controls in 4 themes: Organisational, People, Physical, and Technological, allowing organisations to address specific security risks effectively.

How do I implement ISO 27001

The core requirements in ISO 27001 must be implemented for any organisation seeking certification.

Implementation involves building a cybersecurity risk assessment framework, the establishment of security policies, training of staff, and continuous management and review of the ISMS. It's tailored to address an organisation's specific risks.

The implementation also requires selection of those relevant Annex A controls, based on risk assessments, to tailor ISO 27001 to their specific needs and threats.

How long does it take to implement ISO 27001

The timeline for implementation varies depending on the company size, complexity, existing policies, and the level of commitment.

It can take from a few months to over a year for larger organisations.

Do I need to hire an ISO 27001 Consultant

While it's not mandatory, hiring a consultant can offer expertise and streamline the process.

A trained ISO 27001 consultant can assist with compliance, gap analyses, and can be particularly beneficial for businesses new to ISO 27001 or those with limited resources.

This could be especially useful for businesses like SaaS providers, software vendors, and technology product manufacturers.

However, for smaller companies with a limited technology footprint, hiring a consultant might not be the most cost-effective option.

Why customers choose Patterned Security consultancy

We engage with medium-sized businesses wanting to reach ISO 27001 certification We understand that you want practical cybersecurity solutions that fit your company profile and not just a set of policies and frameworks intended for large enterprises with heavy process-driven workflows.

Building cybersecurity that makes sense for your business

Striking the right balance for cybersecurity is difficult. We spend time understanding your business's drivers and risk appetite for cybersecurity so that initiatives have a clear purpose and outcome.

Flexibility that grows with your maturity

Our services and engagement models are designed to suit both your business’s current requirements and with a pathway for continued growth and maturity for ISO 27001.

Want to learn more about how we can help your business with ISO 27001, reach out to us on

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