IASME Cyber Assurance Certification

IASME Cyber Assurance Certification

IASME Cyber Assurance Certification is a straightforward, cost-effective alternative to ISO 27001. It combines Cyber Essentials with an assessment of your Information Assurance processes and GDPR Readiness.

IASME Cyber Assurance

Although ISO27001 is the globally recognised benchmark for Information Governance, numerous small and medium-sized organisations find it challenging to get certified due to the cost and effort involved. For the micro organisation, ISO27001 is completed overwhelming and cost prohibitive. IASME Cyber Assurance Certification is a straightforward, cost-effective alternative to ISO 27001 for the small and medium sized business. It combines Cyber Essentials with an assessment of your Information Assurance processes and GDPR Readiness. Overall the standard follows a pragmatic approach to real world cyber security and lays the foundations should you wish to move on to ISO27001 in the future.

IASME Cyber Assurance Certifying Body

The IASME Cyber Assurance is an evolution of the original IASME Governance standard that was developed over several years during a government-funded project to create a cyber security standard which would be an affordable and achievable alternative to the international standard, ISO27001. The IASME standard allows the small companies in a supply chain to demonstrate their level of cyber security for a realistic cost and indicates that they are taking good steps to properly protect their customer’s information.

Many organisations can benefit from the significantly more cost-effective standard in terms of cash expenditure and in the amount of time required by staff. Overall it is a more cost-effective certification and a stepping stone to achieving the ISO27001 at a later stage if required.

IASME (Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises) Cyber Assurance enables you to demonstrate your organisation’s overall maturity level for good security and data privacy practices and that you are taking proper steps to protect customer information.

The certification covers areas such as:

  • Cyber Security
  • Physical Security
  • Personnel Security
  • General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
  • Staff Education & Awareness
  • Data Backup & Restore

There are two levels of certification – Level 1 and Level 2

IASME Cyber Assurance Level 1 and Level 2

The certification assessment includes a Cyber Essentials assessment and GDPR requirements and is available in two levels. Level 1 which was originally called self-assessment and Level 2 which is the full independent audit.

Level 1

Based on international best practices, IASME Cyber Assurance Level 1 is risk-based and includes key aspects of security such as incident response, staff training, planning and operations. IASME Governance incorporates a Cyber Essentials assessment and an assessment against the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Level 2

The IASME Cyber Assurance Level 2 Audit involves an audit of your governance processes and procedures covered by the IASME Cyber Assurance standard. IASME Cyber Assurance Level 2 is an independent on-site audit of the level of information security provided by your organisation. It offers a similar level of assurance to the internationally recognised ISO27001 standard but is simpler and often cheaper for small and medium-sized organisations to implement.

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What is the benefit?

Organizations need to prove they are secure to compete within the global marketplace. In today’s world, it is not enough to just claim you are secure; potential clients, business partners and board rooms want proof. With Hedgehog Security as your trusted partner, achieving and maintaining certification year over year is a guaranteed reality. Clients who work with us benefit from significantly enhanced security postures and an ability to demonstrate the same to their key stakeholders, including business-critical customers.

When you have a proven track record and maintain and proving compliance, Cyber Security/Information Security becomes a marketing advantage that can be leveraged over peers and competitors to attract and win more business.