UKAS accredits Certification International for latest information security management standard

Posted On 07 Jun 2014
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Certification International” a leader in the assessment and certification of international, national and industry standards” has received accreditation from UKAS for the revised ISO 27001:2013 standard. ISO 27001:2013 specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an information security management system (ISMS). There are now more than 17,000 registrations worldwide and revisions to the standard have taken into account the practical experience of organisations using it. The changes were influenced by the ISO requirement that all new and revised management system standards must conform to the high level structure and identical core text defined in Annex SL to Part 1 of the ISO/IEC Directives and a decision to align the standard with the principles of ISO 31000 (risk management). Revisions to the standard have placed greater emphasis on setting objectives, monitoring performance and metrics and a requirement for management commitment requirements to focus on leadership. An important standard for all companies Speaking about this latest development, Certification International’s managing director John Pymer said:” Receiving accreditation for the latest information security management system ensures we provide clients with a high quality service. Assessing companies to the latest standards not only benefits our clients but also plays a key role in our business strategy. By placing Certification International as a leader in the certification industry it will help us grow, not only in the UK but on a global scale.” Pymer added:” ISO 27001:2013 is an important standard for all companies, whatever their size or sector. It’s vital for companies to underline their responsible practices through the achievement of such a well-recognised standard. Certification International’s experience means we can partner with companies looking to implement operations which allow them to integrate the latest information security management systems into their business.” Certification International will be working closely with all clients to ensure they’re assessed against the new requirements at their next scheduled visit to achieve transition by the deadline of 1 October 2015. Certification International’s UK business manager Emma Fawcett-Jones commented:” Clients who are already certified to ISO 27001:2005 will have to transition to the new standard before July 2015. There are two ways to achieve this. The first is to prepare themselves and make sure they’re ready for the transition review at the next surveillance or reassessment audit that’s due in their schedule before the transition date. Clients who choose this option will have to complete a transition review checklist and provide it before the audit date for the auditor to review. The second option is to undergo a separate transition review audit.” Fawcett-Jones also stated:” In order to help clients through the transition we’ve published guidance and a checklist to send to all of our clients who have achieved the outgoing standard so that they have sufficient time to prepare themselves for the change.” UKAS accredited bodies are assessed against internationally recognised standards to demonstrate their competence, impartiality and performance capability. Part of the SOCOTEC Group, Certification International is a global organisation offering assessment, analysis and certification to a variety of clients across a range of standards. For more information visit here.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.