ISO 27001 certified? Then you’re almost certainly NIS2 compliant too!

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There are several ways for organizations to improve their information security management, including with an ISO 27001 certification and NIS2 compliance. ISO 27001 certification is the international standard for information security. Since many organisations are currently wondering whether achieving ISO 27001 certification means they are also NIS2-compliant, we briefly explain the answer in this blog post.

What are the NIS2 and ISO 27001?

ISO 27001 is an international standard for information security. It is a framework that provides guidelines for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continuously improving an Information Security Management System (ISMS). An ISMS is a set of policies, procedures, technologies as well as physical measures that an organisation uses to protect information from various threats such as hackers, malware and human error.

NIS2, or the European Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems, on the other hand, is a European Union legislative initiative aimed at ensuring the security of networks and information systems. It sets minimum security measures for organisations operating in vital sectors such as energy, healthcare, transport and financial services. Among other things, organisations covered by these guidelines must conduct risk assessments, implement security measures and report incidents to national authorities.

ISO 27001 certified? Then the NIS2 is an easy next step

Having an ISO 27001 certification means that an organisation has implemented a comprehensive information security management system (ISMS) that meets international standards for information security. Since NIS2 compliance requires the same set of rules and actions from organisations, achieving an ISO 27001 certification is almost a guarantee of NIS2 compliance.

Are there any differences between ISO 27001 and NIS2?

While there is some overlap between ISO 27001 and NIS2, there are also some differences. For example, NIS2 requires organisations to implement certain technical measures, such as monitoring and detection systems and incident response plans, which are not explicitly required by ISO 27001. Moreover, NIS2 is aimed at specific sectors and organisations, while ISO 27001 applies to all types of organisations. So if you have properly implemented all the measures that apply to ISO 27001, including the purchase of monitoring and detection systems as mentioned above, you do not need to worry about whether you are NIS2 compliant.

Benefits of an ISO 27001 certification

Achieving an ISO 27001 certification helps organisations easily meet NIS2 requirements and eases the path to NIS2 compliance. Many of the procedures and processes required for ISO 27001 certification, such as risk assessments, security reviews and audits, are also important for NIS2 compliance. By having already implemented these procedures, you will be better prepared for the NIS2.

If your organisation does not yet have an ISO 27001 certification and you want to focus on NIS2 compliance too, OpenSight can help. OpenSight is specialized in NIS2 compliance. Our experts will therefore be happy to help you implement the technical measures and prepare the required documentation and procedures for the NIS2. Contact us or download our NIS2 brochure below for more information.