We live in the age of information, and if you're a business owner in 2015, chances are that much of your crucial company information is stored digitally. For this reason, information security management is a key consideration for businesses of all sizes; poor information security could put entire your company in jeopardy at the drop of a hat, and a comprehensive ISMS (Information Security Management System) will help you to address and deal with any and all potential threats.

The international standard for information security management systems is ISO 27001. To achieve ISO certification for your ISMS, you'll need to do the following:

  • Plan: Carry out a risk assessment and plan how you will address any potential problems with your current information security system
  • Do: Implement your plan of action and ensure that your ISMS meets the needs of your business
  • Check: Review the efficacy of your improved ISMS and identify any areas where further improvement could be made
  • Act: Make the necessary changes to ensure that your ISMS is completely optimised

(The last two points - Check and Act - will be carried out repeatedly over time once your ISMS is in place.)

Implementing an ISO 27001-certified information security management system within your company is important if you wish to protect your business and its 'information assets'. Since information security relies on people as much as on technology, it is important that you communicate the ISMS plan throughout your entire company once it is in place, ensuring that every employee at every level knows how to keep everything as secure as possible.

NPT Management Systems can help you to plan and implement your information security management and achieve ISO 27001 certification for your business. Click here to learn more, or get in touch to speak with a member of our team.

Quality managment systems

Achieving ISO 9001 certification for your business doesn't need to be a nightmare. Here's a simple step-by-step guide to the entire process:

  • The first step is to get in touch with an ISO consultant such as those here at NPT Management Systems. Navigating the ISO certification process without expert assistance can be very difficult; an experienced consultant will walk you through the whole procedure, ensuring that you cover all bases and get certified on your first attempt.

  • After an initial consultation, your ISO consultant will help you to review your current business processes and design a quality management system that suits your enterprise. Ideally, the proposed system will fit around your existing processes, requiring minimal upheaval on your part.

  • The next step is to implement your quality management system. Again, a good ISO consultant will assist with this, ensuring that the new system is properly integrated at every step of your business's processes.

  • Once your ISO-compliant quality management system is in place, your ISO consultant will help you to choose and liaise with a UKAS-accredited certification body. They will assess your new system and, if all standards are met, award you ISO 9001 certification.

The above process also applies to other ISO standards such as ISO 14001 and ISO 27001. If you would like to achieve any form of ISO certification for your business, contact NPT Management Systems and arrange your free consultation now.

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The latest revision of the ISO 9001 standard is now in its final draft. The new standards are set to be officially published next month, so now seems like a good time to take stock of the changes that are just around the corner.

Here's what you can expect from the 2015 revision when it is published:

  • More emphasis on leadership. Managers will need to demonstrate a solid understanding of any issues (internal or external) that could impact on their management system and customer satisfaction.

  • A stronger focus on risk management. Risk assessment has always been an important part of the ISO 9001 standard, and it is expected to take an even more central role in the 2015 revision.

  • Clearer requirements for your objectives and measurements. In order to meet the ISO 9001:2015 standard, your quality objectives will need to meet a stricter set of requirements, as will the methods you use to measure whether said objectives have been met.

  • Renewed focus on communication/awareness. Managers will have to create and implement a communication plan, as well as ensuring that all workers are aware of the organisation's quality management system and how to meet its requirements.

If your company's quality management system is already certified to the current ISO 9001 standard, you will have a three year 'transition period' to migrate to the latest version and its standards. After that, all certification must be carried out to ISO 9001:2015 standards.

Do you need help getting ISO 9001 certified or migrating your current systems to the 2015 standard? If so, get in touch with NPT Management Systems today - our ISO consultants will make the accreditation process as smooth and as simple as possible.