An organization can seek ISO certification or just remain ISO compliant. In simple terms, compliance means that the organization is following the ISO 27001 standard or parts of it. ISO is not a legal requirement. Although recognized as important in many industries, companies may operate without the certification.
Certification is a long and complex journey that involves certification by an independent auditor after verification of a set of policies, procedures, processes and systems that manage information risks such as cyber attacks, hacks, data leaks or theft. Lack of budget and the absence of a mature information security management system are some of the reasons why many companies may seek compliance instead of certification.
After a long journey down the certification path, the benefits include the following: