IASME Certification and GDPR Readiness

IASME Certification and GDPR Readiness

The IASME Governance & GDPR standard can be mapped to the current international standard (ISO 27001) for information security management in business. IASME certification, therefore, helps you increase trust among consumers and fellow businesses.

At Defensity, we are an IASME Governance Certification body. This means that we can help you implement the IASME Governance & GDPR standard across your UK business.


IASME Certification Basics

As a UK small business, you might already be familiar with the UK government-sponsored Cyber Essentials Scheme.

The goal of the Cyber Essentials Scheme is to help UK businesses put measures in place to counter common cyber security threats. However, the Cyber Essentials Scheme focuses on technical controls and does not define a set of best practices for managing sensitive consumer data.

By comparison, ISO 27001 outlines an international standard for the development, implementation, maintenance, and continual improvement, of Information Security Management Systems (ISMS).

In the UK, the IASME Governance standard provides a cost effective alternative to ISO 27001 that is designed for Small & Medium sized businesses that includes Cyber Essentials and helps businesses fulfill new EU and UK GDPR requirements.

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Auditing Your UK Business
IASME Governance Audited Certification

IASME Governance: Self Assessment & GDPR Business Benefits

IASME certification equips UK businesses with several benefits. First and foremost, IASME Governance & GDPR certification is available for just £400 with Cyber Essentials. By comparison, the total cost for full ISO 27001 certification can range from anything upto £50,000.

Of course, IASME certification is only a stepping stone on the path to full ISO 27001 accreditation. However, certification does help build trust between industry partners and consumers.


  • IASME certification demonstrates that your business is taking actionable steps to protect sensitive consumer data.
  • Certification assures company stakeholders that your businesses has a lower risk of suffering disruption as a result of data breaches.
  • Some UK businesses and suppliers will only work with companies that have IASME certification.

IASME Governance and Defensity

Defensity in the UK is an official IASME Governance Certification body & Auditor. This means that we regularly work with businesses that are attempting to achieve IASME certification. Because of this, we can help businesses just like yours also achieve certification.

To help you implement the IASME Governance & GDPR standard, we equip you with the skills necessary to carry out relevant risk assessments and put in place secure data management controls.

Defensity can partner with your business and help you through the Certification process. This will include:


  • Business risk assessment and data management training.
  • Training that targets the management of people in your workforce who handle sensitive data.
  • Change management.
  • Monitoring of data management processes and IT security.
  • Policy creation, technical and administrative
  • Backing up of sensitive data.
  • Incident response best practices that ensure the continuity of your business when data breaches manifest.

The current IASME Governance standard also includes GDPR preparedness. As a result, we can help you implement robust data security processes, that also help your businesses improve your overall cyber security.

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IASME Governance Audited: Auditing Your UK Business
IASME Governance Audited Certificate

IASME Governance Audited: Auditing Your UK Business

After completing IASME Governance Self Assessment and guiding you through how to implement effective cyber security and data management processes, Defensity can officially audit your business. This will result in the official IASME Governance Audited recognition and certification of your organization.

The Audit will result in either a Bronze, Silver or Gold IASME Audited accreditation for your business. This goes a long way to show your Customers and suppliers that you take Cyber & Information Security seriously.

Are you ready to build better trust among consumers and industry partners? If so, reach out to Defensity now to discuss your IASME certification options in more detail.


Most frequent questions and answers

Normally Cyber Essentials and IASME Governance are assessed at the same time, but this can be done separately provided that the IASME Governance is completed within 6 months of the Cyber Essentials certification. The cost for doing this separately would be an additional £100

 IASME Governance is mapped to a variety of standards including ISO 27001. Please see IASME mapping document here – click here.

You will be able to retest for no additional fee – Defensity will work with your business on any area you may not be compliant with the Standard on.

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