In today's data-driven landscape, compliance with stringent data protection laws like the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is crucial.
GDPR mandates strict handling of personal data, and aligning with ISO 27001, an international standard for information security management, is more essential than ever.
This 2024 updated article examines how the recent ISO 27001:2022 revision can support organisations in achieving GDPR compliance.
Understanding GDPR and ISO 27001:2022
GDPR in Brief
GDPR, effective since May 2018, applies to organisations within and outside the EU that offer goods or services to EU residents. It focuses on empowering individuals over their personal data and standardising data protection laws across Europe, with significant penalties for non-compliance.
ISO 27001:2022 - Enhanced Information Security
ISO 27001:2022, an evolution of the 2013 version, sets out requirements for an information security management system (ISMS).
This revision reflects the latest changes in technology and security threats, with a streamlined structure that includes updated controls, aiming to aid organisations in more effectively managing information security.
How ISO 27001:2022 Complements GDPR Compliance
Risk Assessment and Management
Both GDPR and ISO 27001:2022 emphasise risk assessment and management. The revised ISO 27001 aligns with GDPR's risk-based approach to data protection, promoting proactive protection of personal data.
Data Protection Principles
GDPR mandates data protection by design and default. The revised framework of ISO 27001 inherently supports this by integrating information security into all organisational operations, thereby aiding GDPR compliance.
Documentation and Record-Keeping
Documentation remains a key aspect under both GDPR and ISO 27001:2022. Detailed records of security policies, procedures, and risk mitigation measures demonstrate efforts towards GDPR compliance.
Implementing ISO 27001:2022 for GDPR Compliance
Initial Assessment and Gap Analysis
Assess current security practices against the updated ISO 27001:2022 standards to identify improvement areas to meet GDPR requirements.
Developing an ISMS
Create policies, procedures, and controls addressing identified risks, which is central to ISO 27001:2022 and instrumental in GDPR compliance.
Achieving ISO 27001 certification involves an external audit, reinforcing an organisation's commitment to GDPR's data protection mandates.
The 2022 revision requires continual improvement of the ISMS, aligning with the dynamic nature of GDPR.
Potential Benefits Beyond Compliance
Adopting ISO 27001:2022 extends beyond compliance, enhancing overall information security and building customer trust.
Implementing ISO 27001:2022 offers a structured approach to GDPR compliance, demonstrating a commitment to best practices in information security.