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Accreditation vs. certification vs. registration in the ISO world

Things with ISO standards can get really complicated: there are many ISO management standards – the most popular ones are ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, ISO 22301, ISO 20000, etc. – and there are a multitude of ways to get accredited/certified/registered related to those standards. But, that’s not all …

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Infographic: The brain of an ISO auditor – What to expect at a certification audit

  If your company is going for the ISO certification (e.g., ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 20000, ISO 22000, ISO 22301, or ISO 27001), you’re probably not very happy about it – certification auditors are usually perceived as persons who are not very open minded and who will …

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CISA vs. ISO 27001 Lead Auditor certification

In a previous post, I talked about personal certifications helping the organization to comply with ISO 27001 clause 7.2 (see this post How personal certificates can help your company’s ISMS). In today’s post, I will show you two specific personal certifications (CISA and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor) and how they can …

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The shortest path to getting ISO 27001 certified as a business

Getting ISO 27001 certified doesn’t mean you can knock on the door of the certification body and ask them to give you a certificate – there are many things you have to prepare in order to get your certificate. It is true that this is a rather complex process, so …

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Lead Auditor Course vs. Lead Implementer Course – Which one to go for?

If you are just entering the world of ISO 27001 or ISO 22301, you’re probably considering going for some training. This is certainly a good idea; however, which course is better for you – Lead Auditor Course, or Lead Implementer Course? Everything you’ll read in this article is valid not …

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Major vs. minor nonconformities in the certification audit

If your company is considering going for the certification, it is always a good thing to know what to expect. Since nonconformities are one of the most important outcomes of the certification audit (and the most unpleasant), it is probably in your best interest to understand what they are all …

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How to approach an auditor in a certification audit

If you’re going for the certification audit, you are probably wondering how to approach the auditor. In my opinion, the most important thing is not to forget that auditors are only people, and no matter how professional they are, they will always be glad if you treat them fairly; on …

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Is ISO 27001 among the top ISO standards?

Do you know which ISO standards are the most popular? And whether ISO 27001 is among the most popular? There is both good and bad news for information security enthusiasts – ISO 27001 really is among the most popular, but it is insignificant compared to, say, ISO 9001. Top ISO …

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How much does ISO 27001 implementation cost?

This is usually one of the first questions I receive from the potential client. To their disappointment, I cannot give them the exact figure right away – here is why. First of all, the total cost of implementation will depend on the size of your organization (or the size of …

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Problems with defining the scope in ISO 27001

You probably knew that the first step in ISO 27001 implementation is defining the scope. What you probably didn’t know is that this step, although simple at first glance, can sometimes cause you quite a lot of trouble. Namely, a lot of companies are trying to decrease their implementation costs …

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How to get certified against ISO 27001?

You have been implementing ISO 27001 for quite a long time, invested quite a lot in education, consultancy and implementation of various controls. Now comes the auditor from a certification body – will you pass the certification? This kind of anxiety is normal – you can never know whether your …

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