ISO/IEC 27000 is part of a growing family of ISO/IEC standards - the 'ISO/IEC 27000 series'. ISO/IEC 27000 is an international standard titled: Information technology — Security techniques — Information security management systems — Overview and vocabulary.
The standard was developed by subcommittee 27 (SC27) of the first Joint Technical Committee (JTC1) of the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission.
ISO/IEC 27000 provides:
The standard describes the purpose of an Information Security Management System (ISMS), a management system similar in concept to those recommended by other ISO standards such as ISO 9000 and ISO 14000, used to manage information security risks and controls within an organization. Bringing information security deliberately under overt management control is a central principle throughout the ISO/IEC 27000 standards.
Information security, like many technical subjects, is evolving a complex web of terminology. Relatively few authors take the trouble to define precisely what they mean, an approach which is unacceptable in the standards arena as it potentially leads to confusion and devalues formal assessment and certification. As with ISO 9000 and ISO 14000, the base '000' standard is intended to address this.
The target audience is users of the remaining ISO/IEC 27000-series information security management standards.