Do you want to know what the differences are between IASME and ISO 27001? Do you want to discover which one is best for your company?

ISO 27001

ISO 27001 is the industry standard for information security management. ISO 27001:2013 is the most recent version of this standard. The standard applies to every area of your organization, as well as how you deal with security. It provides an organized and well-defined approach for designing, implementing, running, monitoring, evaluating, and improving your information security management system.

The following are now covered by ISO 27001:2013:


Information Security Management System

Security Policies

Access Control

Operations Security

Human Resources

Organization of Information

Security Communications



Asset Management

Supplier Relationships in the

Physical and Environmental Environment


System Acquisition development and maintenance

Security Incident

Business Community Management

ISO 27001 certification is no easy task, and depending on the size of your firm, it may need a significant amount of effort.


IASME (Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises) was developed over several years to guarantee that organizations secure their data to the greatest extent practicable. The IASME standard’s purpose is to establish a cyber-security standard for small and medium organizations. It is based on ISO 27001. However, it is customized to small firms.

Scope of IASME Governance

The IASME Governance certification aligns with the Government’s Ten Steps to Cyber Security and includes Cyber Essentials certification as well as controls surrounding people and processes. It also addresses the criteria of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). IASME Governance is based on a comparable set of controls as ISO 27001, but it is more economical and feasible for small and medium-sized businesses to adopt.

– Risk evaluation and management

– Monitoring 

– Change management

– People management and training

– backup

– Response to incidents and business continuity

The IASME standard, like Cyber Essentials, can show consumers and suppliers that their data is secure.

This standard is available in conjunction with the Cyber Essentials certification (when going through an IASME certification body). The IASME standard is available in two flavors, one of which is Cyber Essentials. The gold standard, which requires an onsite audit, and the standard, which is self-assessment.

In today’s cyber world, maintaining a grasp on your cyber security as a socially aware organization is critical. It may be intimidating moving from ground zero to having confidence that your organization is achieving the fundamental criteria, as a customer recently pointed out to me. Thankfully, there are three separate certification standards that can help you arrange your trip. Here are the top three, as well as how they vary and some tips on how to pick the best one for your business.

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed initiative in the United Kingdom that aims to make it simple for businesses to achieve basic levels of cyber security. It is available in two versions: self-assessment for Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus, which requires an on-site audit. It’s a prerequisite for doing business with any UK government agency.

IASME (Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises) includes Cyber Essentials in its evaluation. However, it is a separate standard. It is based on the ISO 27001 standard and is more comprehensive than the Cyber Essentials certification. It’s also available in two flavors: self-assessment or Gold Standard, which requires an onsite audit.

ISO 27001 is the most comprehensive standard, and hence the most well recognized. It is the industry standard for data security and includes all elements of business operations. Stakeholder buy-in is critical for success, and while it won’t happen quickly, the benefits include providing your customers and employees with trust that data security is a priority. ISO 27001 is the logical choice if your company already has another ISO standard.  Cyber Essentials has a low entrance barrier, and most organizations should be able to achieve it with little assistance.

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