06 Oct 2018Posted By: Mudit Handa

What was the reason for Revision of ISMS Standard ISO/IEC 27000?

Undoubtedly, the global standards of quality management systems act as a yardstick to act upon while establishing, operating or upgrading a management system. The desired model of quality management includes all the aspects, which the leading quality gurus of the industry have agreed upon.

It is widely known that the consumer preferences have begun to be influenced by the global quality and safety benchmarks, rather than the predominance of a few fat cats of the industry.

Considering the palpable need to enhance the efficacy of the existing management standards, the International Organization for Standardization has upgraded several ISO standards in the recent scenario. In this context, ISO has also rolled out the 5th edition of its Information Security Management system (ISMS) standard, i.e. ISO 27000:2018.


#1. What is the significance of ISMS?

Every organisation possesses different kinds of confidential data that needs prior security. Such information includes-

  • Financial details,
  • Intellectual property rights,
  • Details related to the employee, or
  • Third-party Information entrusted to the organisation by their clients.




All such information is indeed considered as an asset for an organisation. Now, the complete management of such privy information can never come as a runaway victory. The ISO in collaboration with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has developed several global management systems standards solely for information security management. These are collectively referred to as the Information Security Management system (ISMS) family of ISO standards.


#2. What is the use of ISO 27000 ISMS standard?

By implementing ISMS family of ISO/IEC standards, organizations can frame and blueprint for managing the safety and confidentiality of the information assets, such as financial information, IPR, and employee details, or 3rd party data entrusted to them by clients. The flagship benchmark of ISMS family, i.e. ISO/IEC 27000 can also be used to prepare for an independent assessment of their ISMS applied to the protection of information.


#3. Why has ISO 27000 been modified?

ISO/IEC 27000:2018 has been replaced with the 2016 version with an aim to provide a better overview of ISMS. It has modified terminology other than those commonly used in the ISMS family.

The terms and definitions included in the new ISO certification for Information Security Management-

  • Cover common terms and definitions in the ISMS family of standards;
  • Do not include all terms & definitions applied within the ISMS family; and
  • Do not confine the ISMS  standards to the definition of new terms for use.


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