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Writen by Daniela Atanasovska

Posted on: May 30, 2024

Strategic Synergy: Optimising GDPR Compliance through ISO 27001:2022 Controls

In our recent blog ISO 27002: A Comprehensive Guide to Information Security Controls, we underscored the significance of ISO 27002 in fortifying information security practices amidst rising data breaches. Emphasising its role in supporting ISO 27001’s Information Security Management System (ISMS), we explored the framework’s sections on organisational, people, physical, and technological controls. The systematic implementation of ISO 27002 controls is crucial for effective information security practices.

In this article, we’ll explore the strategic synergy between GDPR compliance and ISO 27001, highlighting how GDPRLocal can assist in achieving this alignment.

The link between GDPR and ISO 27001:2022 forms a strong foundation for organizations to improve their information security measures.

While GDPR provides stringent directives for safeguarding personal data, ISO 27001:2022 presents a methodical strategy for managing information security. 

Let’s explore how the implementation of ISO 27001:2022 controls, in general, can act as a foundational element for organisations working towards GDPR compliance.

Alignment of Objectives

GDPR and ISO 27001 share common objectives of safeguarding information’s confidentiality, integrity, and availability, the well known “CIA” triad. While GDPR focuses on personal data protection, ISO 27001 takes a broader approach, covering all aspects of information security. Implementing ISO 27001 controls, such as access controls, encryption, and staff training, directly supports GDPR compliance by strengthening data protection.

Risk Management as a Pillar

ISO 27001 places a strong emphasis on risk management, requiring organisations to establish a robust information security risk management process. This aligns seamlessly with GDPR’s call for privacy by design and default. Proactively identifying and mitigating risks through ISO 27001’s structured approach enables organisations to align with GDPR’s vision, particularly in conducting data protection impact assessments. These assessments seamlessly integrate into the risk assessment processes mandated by ISO 27001, forming a cohesive risk management strategy.

Formal Policies and Procedures

Both GDPR and ISO 27001 underscore the importance of clear and formal policies and procedures. ISO 27001, in particular, demands the establishment of comprehensive information security policies. Aligning GDPR expectations with ISO 27001 implementation ensures compliance and establishes a solid foundation for information security.

Continual Improvement

The principle of continual improvement is inherent in both GDPR and ISO 27001. GDPR necessitates regular reviews of data protection measures, while ISO 27001 mandates organisations to continually monitor, review, and enhance their ISMS. In both frameworks, this commitment to ongoing enhancement ensures effective and adaptive data protection controls.

Embarking on the journey to enhance your organisation’s information security and achieve ISO 27001 certification can be a complex yet rewarding process. The GDPRLocal Consultancy Team supports your progress, providing comprehensive and effective strategies step-by-step.

Let’s delve into how each stage is meticulously handled:

Learn and Get Ready

Start this journey confidently by leveraging our educational resources and customised learning materials. We guarantee a thorough understanding of the nuances of the ISO 27001:2022 standard, offering guidance that lays the foundation for a successful implementation process.

Define Context, Goals and Scope

Our expert consultants will work closely with your company, aiding in the identification of your unique business context, goals, and defining the precise scope of your Information Security Management System (ISMS) in alignment with ISO 27001.

Assess Current State

Rely on us to perform a comprehensive evaluation of your existing information security practices using our advanced risk assessment tool. During this assessment, we pinpoint any prevailing gaps or areas requiring enhancement, establishing the groundwork for a resilient Information Security Management System (ISMS).

Adopt Policies & Procedures

Our toolkit offers adaptable templates and expert guidance to streamline the development of ISMS documentation. This includes the creation of policies, procedures, risk assessment templates, and other essential documentation. This step ensures a cohesive and well-documented framework for information security management.

Implement Controls to Reduce Risks

Navigate the complex landscape of security controls with our expert guidance. We help you implement measures that effectively mitigate identified risks, ensuring your company achieves and maintains compliance with ISO 27001.

Security Awareness Training

Enhance your workforce’s security awareness with our specialised training programs. We empower your employees to understand their roles and responsibilities in upholding information security standards within your organisation.

Measure, Monitor and Review

Our team aids in establishing robust monitoring mechanisms, allowing you to measure the effectiveness of implemented controls. Regular reviews are conducted to ensure ongoing compliance and effectiveness, providing you with peace of mind.

Management Review

Partner with us for comprehensive management reviews, assessing the overall performance of your ISMS. We collaborate on making necessary improvements, ensuring your information security strategy evolves with your business needs.

Conduct Internal Audit

Planning and executing internal audits become seamless with our assistance. We guide you through the process, assessing your compliance with ISO 27001 and identifying areas for continuous improvement.

Registration/Certification Audits

Prepare for external registration or certification audits with confidence, guided by our experienced consultants. We ensure a smooth process as you undergo audits by accredited certification bodies.

With GDPRLocal, you’ll receive a comprehensive, tailored, and expertly guided ISO 27001 certification process at every stage of your organisation’s security enhancements.

Utilising our expertise and strategic partnerships with digital platforms makes achieving or maintaining ISO 27001:2022 certification easier than ever.

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