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The future of ISO/IEC 27001: Emerging trends and their implications for lead auditors.

What is ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor?

The future of ISO/IEC 27001: Emerging trends and their implications for lead auditors.


Recently, an updated version of ISO/IEC 27001 was made available in an effort to enhance digital trust and address growing concerns over cybersecurity. This revision was published. In the increasingly digital world of today, it is more necessary than it has ever been for companies to take precautions to secure the data they keep.

As cybercriminals grow increasingly skilled at their trade, the scope and complexity of cybercrime continue to expand. According to a research that was conducted by the World Economic Forum entitled “Global Cybersecurity Outlook,” the total number of cyberattacks that occurred throughout the world increased by 125% in 2021. Furthermore, there is reason to anticipate that this pattern will continue into 2022. In a setting that is always changing, those in positions of authority need to adopt a methodical approach to the management of cyber risks.

Businesses who are self-aware enough to acknowledge they require assistance and savvy enough to understand that it is in the best interest of the majority of companies not to attempt digital transformation at all will be the ones to pioneer the way into the digital future.

In order to address these concerns over cybersecurity, organizations will need to strengthen their resilience and engage in initiatives designed to mitigate cyber threats. The following are some of the ways in which your company could benefit from ISO/IEC 27001:

  • Data should be protected regardless of where it is stored, whether it be on paper, on the cloud, or digitally.
  • Improve your defenses against potential cyberattacks.
  • Provide us with a framework that is secure and uniform, and that we can administer from a single place.
  • Protect the entirety of the organization, not just certain parts, against potential threats and hazards, particularly those associated with technological advancements.
  • Respond appropriately to the ever-evolving threats to security.
  • Spend less on ineffective military equipment.
  • Uphold the confidentiality, safety, and accessibility of the data.

Organizations who are cyber-resilient and that embrace confident vulnerability quickly advance to the top of their industry and set the standard for their ecosystem. The all-encompassing strategy of ISO/IEC 27001 guarantees that all departments, not only those dealing with information technology, are safeguarded. Everyone—humans, machines, and processes—comes out ahead in the end.

Implementing ISO/IEC 27001 demonstrates to your stakeholders and customers that you are concerned about maintaining the confidentiality and integrity of their data. It is a wonderful chance for you to publicize your company, draw attention to your accomplishments, and build your credibility.

What kind of relationship do ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27002 have with one another?

There is a widespread misunderstanding that ISO/IEC 27001 is the core standard, and that ISO/IEC 27002 is only an annex that provides further, more specific recommendations on how to apply ISO/IEC 27001. The very first thing that is mentioned in the ISO/IEC 27001 Annex A is a statement that reads, “The control goals and controls provided in Table A.1 are directly derived from and aligned with those specified in ISO/IEC 27002:2013[1], Clauses 5 to 18 and are to be used in connection with Clause 6.1.3.” This statement is located at the beginning of the document (normative). This suggests that the requirements specified in ISO/IEC 27001 are a shortened summary of the requirements written in ISO/IEC 27002, or alternatively, that ISO/IEC 27002 is the Code of Practice as the major reference for the requirements mentioned in ISO/IEC 27001. In the event that an update to the ISMS is required, the revision of ISO/IEC 27002 will take precedence.


When examining the link between ISO/IEC 27001 and other standards with a comparable scope, it is essential to keep in mind that businesses have access to a comprehensive and well outlined list of solutions for addressing ISS and cybersecurity. The term “standards” might refer to anything technological, such as ISO/IEC 27001, or it can refer to the protection of information in its broadest sense, which includes non-IT assets. This particular technical definition might be more all-encompassing, such as COBIT or ITIL, or it could be more specific, such as the information security layers and related protections in the Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies document (CISR). In addition, ISS endeavors are distinguished by their diverse goals, which include the following: the definition of requirements (such as the HITRUST Common Security Framework – CSF and ISO 15408 – Common Criteria), the provision of risk assessment instruments (such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology – NIST Special Publication – SP 800-30, ISO 27005, and COBIT), and the dissemination of best practises (e.g. ISO 27002, Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission – COSO, Information Security Forum – ISF and NIST 800–53).


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