ISO 27001 Audit
ISO 27001 is the only internationally-accepted standard for governing an organization’s information security management system (ISMS). The ISMS preserves the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information by applying a risk management process and gives confidence to interested parties that risks are adequately managed.
The ISO 27001 standard tells organizations how to create and run an effective information security program through policies and procedures and associated legal, physical, and technical controls supporting an organization’s information risk management processes. It’s vital that the ISMS is integrated with the organization’s processes and overall management structure, and that information security is considered in the design of processes, information systems, and controls.
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– Director of Security, Compliance, and Technology, Connectria Hosting
Expertise is one of the best things we’ve gotten out of working with KirkpatrickPrice. Their auditors have been helpful in navigating through the audit and beyond. They’ve made themselves available as resources to assess the impact of changes to our controls and infrastructure.
– Security and Compliance Manager, CBOSS
Every time I leave an engagement with the KirkpatrickPrice team, I leave enlightened and it helps our organization mature towards the point we know we should be.
– CISO and VP of Cloud Operations, Health Catalyst
Whether you’ve never been through an audit or completed hundreds, our experts will prepare and empower you to successfully start and complete your audit. With access to our free learning platform, you can run scans, see what you’re missing, prepare documentation, and get access to experts and resources. Then when you’re ready, you can use the same platform to complete your audit. You don’t need extra tools to do an audit.
Our security experts have been in your shoes and know how overwhelming audits can be. Your dedicated specialist will walk you through the entire process from audit readiness to final report.
The certification process can feel overwhelming, but we make sure it’s worth it. By the end of the process, you will be proud of the work you did and know that it will make a difference in getting your certification. We’ll support you through the entire process so that your risk assessment, risk treatment plan, ISMS, and independent information security review are enough to complete your certification.
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ISO 27001 20FAQs
Why does KirkpatrickPrice only offer ISO 27001 audits and not certification?
When you pursue an ISO 27001 certification, best practice is to hire one firm to perform the audit and a separate firm for the certification process. This process may seem tedious, but it instills independence so that conflict of interest is never a concern.
KirkpatrickPrice only offers ISO 27001 audits and consulting. Our firm is not a certifying body, so any quotes on our ISO 27001 services will never include certification. If you are considering working with a firm that offers both auditing and certification services or has a partnership with another organization in order to offer both, this is a red flag. It indicates a lack of integrity and a conflict of interest, which could have negative implications on your audit and certification.
Many organizations opt to undergo the ISO 27001 audit and not pursue certification. Certification is a possibility, not a requirement. In this scenario, you will have an ISO 27001 report to offer clients and stakeholders who need assurance of your ISMS’ effectiveness, and you only need to work with one firm for your ISO 27001 needs. Learn more here.
What do I receive when my ISO 27001 audit is complete?
An ISO 27001 audit culminates in a report, written by our in-house Professional Writing team. The report will provide stakeholders with independent third-party verification regarding the fairness and suitability of information security management, controls, and practices.
How much does an ISO 27001 audit cost?
Pricing for an ISO 27001 audit depends on scoping factors, including business applications, technology platforms, physical locations, third parties, and audit frequency. Pricing will also vary based on the inclusion of a gap analysis, or inclusion of additional remediation time.
How long does an ISO 27001 audit take to complete?
The average ISO 27001 audit can take anywhere from weeks to months, depending on your level of preparedness and staff’s availability for interviews and control demonstration. To satisfy the requirements for an ISO engagement, the auditor must validate scope, perform testing procedures, and document conclusions. These steps require time from the service organization’s management, which can be compressed or extended to meet your timeline needs. You can save time by leveraging the Online Audit Manager to maintain the audit evidence you need for compliance.
How long is an ISO 27001 report valid?
ISO 27001 reports represent your controls from a period of time in the past. Typically, your clients will not accept a report issued more than 12 months ago because they want your testing to be relevant for their own audit period.
How frequently does an ISO 27001 audit need to be performed?
The industry-standard is to schedule an ISO 27001 audit to be performed annually or when significant changes are made that will impact the control environment. Any frequency less than every three years typically indicates that the organization has not been properly maintaining compliance.
Maintaining an audit process that covers each fiscal year will demonstrate a commitment to compliance and ongoing testing of controls, which ultimately contributes to the health of your organization.
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