The world of cybersecurity is filled with standards and certifications, but few are as rigorous and challenging to obtain an ISO/IEC 27001 certification. The ISO/IEC 27001 standard for the assessment and treatment of information security risks sets requirements for establishing, implementing, governing, and improving an information security management system (ISMS) to help keep assets secure.
It’s a major achievement for companies committed to data security. To become certified, organizations must demonstrate a superior portfolio of processes and tools to manage asset security—including sensitive business data, intellectual property, and stewardship of customer data. In addition, they must also show the necessary resolve to integrate and harmonize these capabilities across the entire organizational structure.
A Commitment to Customers
It’s not an easy task, which is why we’re so proud that Arctic Wolf Networks is now ISO 27001 certified. Let’s take a closer look at what ISO 27001 certification means to our company—and our customers.
Organizations can self-assert compliance to most standards, but having an external firm assess and certify our information security management system signifies to our customers and the broader industry that Arctic Wolf management and staff are entirely committed to the protection of information assets. Along with other certifications, such as SOC 2, our customers can provide their auditors with reports to support assertions that their data is secure, reliable, and available within Arctic Wolf Network’s CyberSOC™ service environment.
We established a strong governance practice to maintain and enhance our ISMS, and built an attitude that makes controls integral to the procedures and day-to-day practices of our organization. That’s important because ISO 27001 certification is more than just a snapshot in time. It’s a long-term portrait of our capabilities and, as I mentioned, how well we integrate them into our business operations and into our business culture. Arctic Wolf takes an organization-wide view of cybersecurity maturity—one that involves coordination across all departments and buy-in from the highest levels of the org chart.
An interdisciplinary approach to implementing security and compliance ensures both process and controls run in an efficient, integrated fashion. Take the example of the user account lifecycle, where account provisioning begins before a new hire’s start date. In fact, all control documentation and evidence artifacts are stored in a ticketing system that sends alerts to other resources to complete the account provisioning, including the appropriation of corporate equipment. This means the new hire is not hampered by lack of access, tools or equipment on the first day of work. The same process is applied to account terminations. Our design of the ISMS from policies to operating procedures to controls reflects management’s involvement and commitment to implement the most effective ISMS possible.
An ISO 27001 certification indicates that all are aligned and operating within the same priorities and processes. This level of coordination is especially impressive, given how our AWN CyberSOC service optimizes the integration of both machine and human intelligence—a significant challenge, particularly at scale when you ingest massive volumes of security observations each day from hundreds of customers.
A Powerful Approach to Security
The ISO 27001 certification includes Arctic Wolf Network’s ISMS and encompasses the in-scope applications, systems, people and processes that support the AWN CyberSOC services. It reflects Arctic Wolf’s commitment to properly manage information and help customers effectively combat cyber threats and meet compliance standards through the combination of human expertise and machine intelligence.
The Arctic Wolf SOC-as-a-service ensures protection and effectiveness for many companies that lack the resources to establish an in-house SOC. Having achieved ISO 27001, coupled with our commitment to honoring Trust Services Principles, is the return for our investment in these efforts.
Finally, the ISO 27001 certification positions us for even greater success in the future. With a recognized international standard now in our DNA, Arctic Wolf can continue to grow our client services with the full confidence that our security framework will guide our growth in serving clients in the U.S. and beyond. As we do this, our clients benefit in knowing that ISO 27001 is a validation and a reflection of Arctic Wolf’s powerful, organization-wide commitment to security.