If you run a tech related business or firm, then you should at least be aware about the ISO Standards. The ISO Standards are a globally recognized set of business standards from the International Standards Organization in Switzerland.
Becoming certified in even just one ISO certification can do much to enhance the legitimacy and reputation of your business. As Reciprocity Labs notes, “ISO certification can be used to provide potential customers with independent validation of an organization’s conformity.
But with so many different ISO standards out there, which specific ones does your tech business need? That’s what we’re going to be talking about today.
Here are the most important ISO certifications to get for your tech business:
We’re going to start with the most well-known, as well as the most important, ISO standard: the ISO 9001. This standard has existed since 1987, and is updated every seven years on average. The last update was in 2015.
The ISO 9000 family of standards in general concern setting up a QMS (quality management system) at your business. There are fourteen standards in the family, but the 9001 is the only one that you can currently become certified to.
Becoming certified with the ISO 9001 indicates that your business is much better prepared to create high quality services and products on a consistent basis, with an emphasis on continued improvement over time.
The ISO 27000 family of standards concerns the protection of company assets and information technology. It was started in 2005, with the 27001 being a broad standard for companies across a wide variety of industries.
Currently, over twenty thousand companies are certified with the ISO 27001 standard, and it is designed by the International Standards Organization to be customized to fit virtually any business.
A fairly recent standard, being started in 2009, the ISO 31000 is an absolutely imperative for any business that values proper risk management.
The ISO 31000 is a globally recognized certification for risk reduction, and attaining it comes with the added benefit of no longer needing risk management certifications from any other organizations.
Being ISO 31000 indicates that your company knows how to identify threats before they become serious and how to skillfully use your available resources to stop them before they become worse.
Even newer than the ISO 31000 is the ISO 50001. This standard was first released in 2011, and concerns setting up an EMS (energy management system) to ensure that your business is energy efficient.
Becoming certified in the ISO 50001 indicates that your company has reduced your energy footprint, energy costs, and greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, over 5000 companies are certified with ISO 50001.
Becoming ISO Certified
Even if becoming ISO certified is not truly necessary for your business, there are many benefits to doing so, and your business will become almost immediately more respected and renowned.