ISO 27001 & GDPR | InfoLore Ltd

Although many people will have heard about GDPR, not many will have heard about ISO 27001. It is actually an important regulation relating to an organisation’s information risk management process, and is closely linked with data security.

What is ISO 27001?

ISO 27001 is an international standard that details what you need when creating an information security management system (ISMS). Not only is it focused on helping businesses manage their information security processes, but it also optimises the associated costs too.

With an ISMS aligned to the ISO 27001 standard, there are many benefits to the organisation:

  1. It enables businesses to provide evidence that correct measures have been taken to ensure data security, aligning with the GDPR.
  2. It ensures corporate data is protected, as well as personal data.
  3. It allows easy risk monitoring, and reduces the chance of a data security threat.

Not an automatic compliance to GDPR

Going through the accreditation process of ISO 27001 and attaining the certificate is a great step but it doesn’t automatically make your business GDPR compliant. That being said, it helps to show that you are taking appropriate precautions to ensure the security of personal data.

It is also worth remembering that within the GDPR, there are a total of 99 articles so there’s a lot more to compliance than just ensuring your ISMS is up to the job.

Should my organisation be ISO 27001 certified?

The main reason why businesses look to become ISO 27001 certified is because they are growing at a rapid rate, resulting in a struggle to manage the data they hold. Growth isn’t just about the volume of data; it’s also about the increase of staff. More staff means more data moved around (either via laptops or smartphones).

The best way to manage this is to implement an ISMS which is essentially a set of processes and procedures to be carried out by all staff when it comes to handling data. The accreditation means that your internal processes are compliant with the globally-recognised standards.


We hope this has given you a better understanding of the ISO 27001 certification and how it closely links with GDPR. Remember that although this is a great standard to have, you still need to ensure your business is GDPR compliant.

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