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Certification and Best Practice

The information security market has its share of dealings with certification and best practice. Some have very broad applicability, others are very narrow and industry specific, some are mandated, and others are optional; some are technical, and others managerial.

Certification and best practice provide a common language and systematic methodology for managing information security risk. The right approach can be tailored to meet any organisation’s needs and complement, not replace, any good information security work already undertaken.


Determining which certification and best practice complements and adds value to your business is ultimately a business-driven decision. The benefits of information security certification and best practice are –

  • Improved Enterprise Security - certification and best practice brings a systematic examination of the organisation’s information security risks, taking account of the threats, vulnerabilities and impacts that are unique to your organisation

  • Increases Client Confidence - certification and best practice gives clients an easily recognisable measure.

  • Market Differentiation - certification is an increasing requirement to do business, especially when processing any type of personal or sensitive data. The achievement of certification differentiates you from our competitors in the market place, providing a valuable competitive advantage. Certification demonstrates credibility and trust.

  • Reduces External Audit - it provides assurance to key stakeholders that their information is appropriately protected and, as such, reduces their need to undertake time consuming and costly security audits reducing time and cost for both parties

  • Independent Measure Of Your Information Security State - certification provides an internationally recognised, externally assured, quality mark for information security.

CISO365 would first look to understand your business its strategy, goals and objectives. Our approach would then be determined depending on the certification or best practice you are looking to align to or maintain. It may be more than one!


The biggest and by for the most widely accepted is ISO27001 – the International Standard for Information Security Management. We have led many international organisations in both compliance against and certification to this standard.


We also have experience in - 

  • UK HMG Security Policy Framework (HMG SPF)

  • Payment Card Industry - Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS)

  • US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

  • UK Cyber Essentials (CE)

  • Information Security Forum – Standard of Good Practice (ISF-SoGP)

  • UK Axelos Resilia

  • EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 

  • … and many more!

Internal and external communications is a very important aspect of any approach as it contributes greatly to the continued commitment to by all stakeholders. A powerful communications programme will ensure the full value of the implementation effort is realised. 

Your results, you achieve, maintain and expand alignment to industry best practice and certification where it has business value. You ensure the business understands it's value and is able to sell it in their everyday conversations with stakeholders.

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